Homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire cases are serious.  Contact Meyer Van Severen at (414) 270-0202 about your case.

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What is “homicide by negligent handling of dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire”?

Homicide by negligent handling of dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire is prohibited by section 940.08 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  It’s a Class G felony, punishable by ten years prison and a $25,000.00 fine.  The statute specifically says that crime is committed when the defendant “causes the death of another human being by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire.”  Like certain other offenses, the actor can be prosecuted if the victim is an unborn child.


What are the elements of this offense?

The state must prove three elements beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction against the defendant.   The elements of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon are:

  1. The defendant operated or handled a dangerous weapon.
  2. The defendant operated or handled a dangerous weapon in a manner constituting criminal negligence.
  3. The defendant’s operation or handling of a dangerous weapon in a manner constituting criminal negligence caused the death of the victim.

Dangerous weapon means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded.  A firearm is a weapon that acts by the force of gunpowder.  It also means any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm.  Dangerous weapon is also defined as any device or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  Finally, dangerous weapon is defined as any electric weapon.  An electric weapon is a device designed or used to immobilize or incapacitate a person by the use of electric current.

Great bodily harm means serious bodily injury.

Criminal negligence has certain elements that also need to be proven:

  • The defendant’s operation or handling of a dangerous weapon created a risk of death or great bodily harm; and
  • The risk of death or great bodily harm was unreasonable and substantial; and
  • The defendant should have been aware that his operation or handling of a dangerous weapon created the unreasonable and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm.

Why should I contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. to defend my homicide by negligent use of a dangerous weapon case?

You’re facing a very serious felony.  All criminal convictions, especially felonies, will impact the rest of your life.

We believe that when facing a charge like this it’s important to have a top criminal defense attorney on your side.  Yeah, you’ll be able to find a cheaper attorney.  But with your life on the line, is that really what you’re looking for?  For serious, aggressive criminal defense, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 today.