If you’ve been charged with mutilating a corpse or hiding a corpse, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. immediately to begin defending your case.

The criminal defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. have experience defending all kinds of criminal cases.  If you’ve been accused of either hiding or mutilating a corpse, police may believe you’re somehow involved in the underlying murder case.  Both offenses are Class F felonies, carrying with them maximum penalties of 12 years in prison, a fine of $25,000.00, or both.  The serious penalties, along with the proximity to a potential homicide charge, makes this a serious criminal accusation.  Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. immediately if you’ve been accused of hiding or mutilating a corpse.


What is mutilating a corpse?

Mutilating a corpse is a crime prohibited by section 940.11(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  The exact language of the statute indicates that it’s a crime when an individual “mutilates, disfigures or dismembers a corpse, with intent to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension…”  As with any criminal offense, there are specific parts, or elements, that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  The two elements of mutilating a corpse are:

  1. The defendant mutilated, disfigured, or dismembered a corpse.
  2. The defendant mutilated, disfigured, or dismembered a corpse with the intent to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction for a crime.  The intent requires that the defendant acted with the purpose to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction for a crime.

“Corpse” means the dead body of a human being.  American Heritage Dictionary of English Language, 3rd Edition, 1992.


What is hiding a corpse?

Hiding a corpse is prohibited by section 940.11(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  The language of the statute says “Whoever hides of buries a corpse, with intent to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction for a crime…” is guilty of a Class F felony.  Importantly, this section does not make it a crime if the corpse is hidden to avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction of certain fraud crimes involving financial benefits from the State of Wisconsin.  The elements of hiding a corpse are:

  1. The defendant hid or buried a corpse.
  2. The defendant hid or buried a corpse with intent to conceal a crime or to avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction for a crime.

The definition of corpse is the same for hiding a corpse as it is for mutilating a corpse.


Contact the criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C.

Our criminal defense law firm focuses all its resources on defending accusations just like these.  If you’ve been accused of hiding or mutilating a corpse, we believe your first call should be to a top criminal defense lawyer in Wisconsin.  Phone calls are answered around the clock at (414) 270-0202.  Call us to begin preparing your best defense.