I’ve been charged with shooting in the attempt to commit a felony. What penalties might I face if I’m convicted?

Man Shooting a Firearm While Committing a Felony CrimeIn Virginia, shooting, stabbing, cutting, or otherwise wounding another person in the commission or attempted commission of a felony is a very serious felony offense with harsh penalties that can include a prison sentence and a fine. These punishments would be in addition to those for the underlying felony.

Shooting While Committing a Felony Can Be Charged for the Use of Many Types of Weapons

Virginia Code § 18.2-53 makes it a crime to unlawfully shoot, stab, cut, or wound another person while committing or attempting to commit a felony. Although the title of this code section refers to shooting, the statute makes it a crime to use a variety of weapons. You may be charged with this offense if you do any of the following to another person while committing or attempting a felony:

  • Shoot
     
  • Stab
     
  • Cut
     
  • Wound

What Are the Penalties for Shooting While Committing a Felony?

Shooting, stabbing, cutting, or wounding while committing or attempting to commit a felony is a Class 6 felony. This crime is a separate offense from the underlying felony. If you are convicted of both crimes, you will face two separate sentences. The sentence you may face for this offense can include:

  • Prison sentence of one year to up to five years, or
     
  • Jail sentence of up to 12 months, or
     
  • Fine of up to $2,500.

You will also have a permanent criminal record that includes a felony conviction. This can make it much more difficult for you to get a job, find housing, and more throughout your life.

If you have been charged with shooting while committing a felony or another crime in Virginia, it is essential to start building your defense right away. To mount an effective defense, you need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. To find out how our legal team can help, call our Fairfax office to schedule a free consultation today.