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Endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon is prohibited by section 941.20 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  This crime can be classified as either a Class A misdemeanor or a felony.  The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. provide aggressive defense to this and all other crimes.  Criminal lawyers Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen have worked on cases involving this criminal offense.


What is endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon?

A Class A misdemeanor endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon is committed, pursuant to Section 941.20(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes when an individual:

(a) Endangers another’s safety by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon.
(b) Operates or goes armed with a firearm while he or she is under the influence of an intoxicant.
(bm) Operates or goes armed with a firearm while he or she has a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance in his or her blood … [without a prescription].
(c) [I]ntentionally points a firearm at or toward another [not including law enforcement officers].
(d) While on the lands of another discharges a firearm within 100 yards of any building devoted to human occupancy situated on and attached to the lands of another without the express permission of the owner or occupant of the building …


When is it a felony?

Endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon is a Class H felony when it involves the defendant “intentionally point[ing] a firearm at or towards a law enforcement officer, a fire fighter, an emergency medical technician, a first responder, an ambulance driver, or a commission warden who is acting in an official capacity and who the person knows or has reason to know is a law enforcement officer, a fire fighter, an emergency medical technician, a first responder, an ambulance driver, or a commission warden.”  Wis. Stat. sec. 941.20(1m)(b).  

Endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon is a Class G felony when the defendant either 1) Intentionally discharges a weapon into a building/vehicle in circumstances where he should realize there could be a human being inside, or 2) sets a spring gun.

Finally, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon is a Class F felony when the firearm is discharged at any other person or building.

There are numerous exceptions to these crimes, and it’s important that your criminal defense attorney understand the differences.  As you can see, the law is complex.  Our criminal defense attorneys understand the law and can argue on your behalf.


Need endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon defense?

Criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Ben Van Severen may be able to help you.  Criminal firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon cases.  We’ve defended these cases before.  If you’re looking for an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your case, call us at (414) 270-0202.