Battery can be charged as a felony in Wisconsin. One version of felony battery in Wisconsin is called aggravated battery. It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side when facing criminal charges, especially a felony. Our Milwaukee criminal defense law firm, Meyer Van Severen, S.C., defends all criminal accusations in Wisconsin. Our top criminal defense attorneys, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen are available to discuss aggravated battery defense at (414) 270-0202.
Aggravated battery has two versions, one “with intent to cause bodily harm” and the other “with intent to cause great bodily harm.”
Aggravated battery with intent to cause bodily harm is defined in section 940.19(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes. It requires that:
The defendant cause great bodily harm to another by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or another.
“Great bodily harm” refers to an injury which creates a substantial risk of death, serious permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent/protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. It also refers to other serious bodily injury.
“Bodily harm” means physical pain, injury, illness, or an impairment of bodily function.
“Intent to cause bodily harm” means that the defendant had the mental purpose to cause bodily harm the victim or another individual, and the defendant was aware that his conduct was practically certain to cause bodily harm to the victim or another individual.
Aggravated battery with intent to cause bodily harm is a Class H felony in Wisconsin. With that felony the defendant is subject to 6 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine, or both. Clearly it can be important to have a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney provide aggravated battery defense when facing such a serious potential penalty.
Aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm is a slightly different version of aggravated battery. Defined in section 940.19(5) of the Wisconsin statutes, the following is required:
The defendant caused great bodily harm to another, by an act done with intent to cause great bodily harm.
“Intent to cause great bodily harm” in the second element is shown when the defendant had the mental purpose to cause great bodily harm, or was aware that his conduct was practically certain to cause great bodily harm to the victim or another individual.
Aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm is a Class E felony in Wisconsin, subjecting the defendant to a potential term in prison of 15 years, or a fine of $50,000.00, or both. This penalty is even more serious than the first version of this offense, furthering the important of a cohesive aggravated battery defense. Our top criminal defense lawyers, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen defend aggravated battery cases.
Aggravated battery is a very serious crime in Wisconsin. Your criminal case becomes even more serious if it’s an act of domestic violence. Our criminal defense attorneys believe that dealing with these issues on your own can be dangerous. It’s best to have a skilled Milwaukee criminal defense attorney assisting you with aggravated battery defense. Contact Milwaukee criminal defense law firm Meyer Van Severen to discuss your aggravated battery case. Phones are answered 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.