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The terms “assault” and “battery” are often used interchangeably. However, they constitute separate criminal acts in Wisconsin. Under state law, “battery” consists of someone causing bodily harm to another person intending to injure that person. Assault refers to the threat of bodily harm, even if no bodily harm results. The penalties for those convicted of these charges will depend on the unique circumstances of the case as well as the severity of the bodily harm sustained by the victim.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with assault and/or battery, it is in your best interest to seek a legal professional who understands the relevant statutes and how to build a strategic case. Attorney Lee is a Milwaukee violent crime lawyer who is also a former prosecutor. She and her experienced legal team are ready to provide the capable representation you deserve. At Lee Law Firm, LLC, we will always work to protect your rights throughout the legal process. Keep hope if you face these charges; we are committed to promoting equal justice and will do everything possible to secure the best outcome possible.
What Are The Penalties For Battery Charges In Wisconsin?
A battery offense will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the circumstances, including your alleged intentions and the degree of bodily harm. Those found guilty of assault and battery charges may face imprisonment, fines, and other consequences of a conviction.
Under Wisconsin Statutes 940.19, an act of battery may be charged as a:
- Class A misdemeanor if the act caused any level of harm and the perpetrator intended to cause bodily harm
- Class I felony if the act caused “substantial” bodily harm and the perpetrator intended to cause bodily harm
- Class H felony if the act caused “great” bodily harm and the perpetrator intended to cause bodily harm
- Class E felony if the act caused “great” bodily harm and the perpetrator intended to cause great bodily harm
“Substantial” bodily harm refers to burns, broken noses, broken noses, tooth fractures, tooth loss, concussions, injuries that result in any loss of consciousness, injuries that require stitches (or some other adhesive), and injuries that result in temporary damage to sight or hearing. “Great” bodily harm includes:
- Any injury that causes permanent disfigurement
- Permanent damage to an organ or physical function
- Severe risk of death
A conviction of a Class A misdemeanor, the lowest possible battery charge, can still result in up to 9 months of jail time and fines of up to $10,000. Penalties for felony battery charges can range from 3.5 to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000. Individuals with assault or battery convictions may also have difficulty obtaining new employment or housing.
Domestic violence – also called domestic abuse – is a more severe form of assault and/or battery. Someone can face domestic violence charges when they assault or batter another family member or person in their household. Domestic violence convictions come with enhanced penalties and other assault and battery punishments.
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Assault and battery cases that do not result in physical bodily harm or rely on independent witnesses tend to become a matter of “he said, she said.” In these circumstances, credibility is key.
No matter your situation, a Milwaukee violent crime attorney can walk you through your defense options and help you build a strong case. At Lee Law Firm, LLC, we will review how the evidence will weigh for and against you at trial, allowing you to make informed legal decisions on how you want to proceed with your case. We have the skills and resources to obtain a favorable result and will fight for you every step of the way.
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