A Wisconsin criminal battery charge is a serious offense, that can result in significant penalties and jail time of you are convicted.Charged with a crime in Wisconsin? Please call (888) 828-6041.
Misdemeanor battery is a substantial charge itself, and felony battery is even more serious. A felony charge suggests that you are accused of causing substantial bodily harm, or worse. With the risk of a prison sentence and a permanent mark on your record, you are likely under a lot of stress while awaiting your court date. Please call me and know that there is help, and there are always options. The right experience in your legal representation can make a world of difference.
Facing battery charges is frightening, particularly if this is your first exposure to the Wisconsin criminal justice system. You are likely unsure of what to expect in your future court proceedings and this uncertainty can only make your stress levels worse.
You may have had to defend yourself in a fight or perhaps made a mistake you now regret. No matter the reason for the charge, I can likely help. I know what you are up against and are ready to defend your rights in court.
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The seriousness of your battery charge depends on the specifics of your case, what happened to the alleged victim, and what your intentions were at the time. Let’s look at each level of battery and what has to be proven in order for you to be found guilty.
Misdemeanor Battery – Laws & Penalties
If you cause bodily harm to another with intent to cause the harm and without consent you may be charged with Class A Misdemeanor Battery.
Misdemeanor Battery can carry up to 9 months in jail and fines up to $10,000.
Felony Battery – Laws & Penalties
Class I Felony Battery
If you cause substantial bodily harm with intent and without consent from the other person, you may face this felony battery charge. Class I felony battery carries a potential sentence of up tp 3 ½ years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
Substantial bodily harm refers to any injury that causes stitches, staples, bone fracture, broken nose, loss of consciousness, a concussion, or loss of a tooth.
Class H Felony Battery
If the battery causes great bodily harm to another with intent to cause harm, you may be facing Class H level Felony battery charges and a potential 6 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Great bodily harm is defined by Wisconsin statute as an injury that creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious and permanent disfigurement or the loss of use or impairment of an organ or appendage.
Class E Felony Battery
If the battery causes great bodily harm to another with intent to cause great bodily harm, you may face this charge which carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison and fines reaching up to $50,000.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 940.19
*Notice the very small difference between a Class H felony battery and class E felony battery.
Legal Consultation on Wisconsin Battery Offenses & Laws
Understanding the small differences in the law and knowing exactly what you are up against can only be determined after an in depth consultation with an experienced defense attorney like myself. I can help you work through your options, and suggest defenses. Please contact me for a consultation.