In Virginia, Battery (often called Assault and Battery) and Assault (often called Simple Assault) are serious criminal offenses. Typically, Assault and Battery and Simple Assault are charged as misdemeanor offenses for which one can be given a substantial fine and a lengthy jail sentence. However, under certain conditions Simple Assault and Assault and Battery charges have a mandatory jail sentence and can even be elevated to a felony offense with a possible prison sentence.
The code of Virginia defines everything about assault and battery in detail;
- 18.2-57. Assault and battery; penalty.
- Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and if the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
- However, if a person intentionally selects the person against whom an assault and battery resulting in bodily injury is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the person is guilty of a Class 6 felony, and the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
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