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Physical abuse of a child: recklessly causing great bodily harm is a serious felony in Wisconsin.  Hire a top criminal defense attorney.

At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we pride ourselves on the reputation we’ve achieved.  Consistently fighting serious charges like physical abuse of a child: recklessly causing great bodily harm has resulted in our firm’s recognition as among the best in Wisconsin.  We certainly don’t just tell clients that.  Judges, prosecutors, and other criminal defense attorneys consistently recognize our criminal defense attorneys.  And most important for you, we win cases.

Child abuse cases involving great bodily harm can attract the media’s attention.  The simple accusation can cause friends, family, and co-workers to alienate you.  And simply weathering the fact of the allegations themselves can cause serious stress.  You might feel alone.  And it’s for that reason we certainly suggest hiring a criminal defense attorney from Meyer Van Severen.  We’re in this with you.

Our criminal defense attorneys are more than just paid mouthpieces.  We’re your ally.  We’re your partner in the most difficult fight of your life.  And we’ll fight at your side throughout the entire process.

Finally, call us at (414) 270-0202.  We can’t start fighting until you do that.

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What is physical abuse of a child: recklessly causing great bodily harm?

The charge is a Class E felony, meaning the maximum penalty you face upon conviction is 15 years in prison, $50,000.00 in fines, or both.  These penalties are certainly significant, and a conviction frequently carries time in prison.

Section 948.03(3)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits physical abuse of a child: recklessly causing great bodily harm.  The law indicates:

(a) Whoever recklessly causes great bodily harm to a child is guilty of a Class E felony.

Section 948.03(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes defines recklessly, in the context of child abuse cases:

…“recklessly” means conduct which creates a situation of unreasonable risk of harm to and demonstrates a conscious disregard for the safety of the child.

This law is relatively simple.  There must be a child (which the jury instructions define as a person under 18 years of age), and the defendant must recklessly cause great bodily harm to him or her.  For example: the defendant has his 15 year old in his vehicle with him.  The defendant is speeding down the road, and driving recklessly.  He gets into an accident, and the child suffers great bodily harm.  Arguably this example satisfies the definition of this crime.

What are the elements of this crime?

All crimes in Wisconsin have elements.  Elements are parts of a crime.  Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instruction 2111 provides the elements of this offense:

  • Firstly, the defendant caused great bodily harm to the victim; and
  • Secondly, the defendant recklessly caused great bodily harm; and
  • Finally, the victim was under 18 year at the time of the alleged offense.

There are three elements of this child abuse charge.  Unless the government can prove each element beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant should not be found guilty.

A man recklessly drives his car down the road
Physical abuse of a child: intentionally causing bodily harm is a felony in Wisconsin. Contact our criminal defense lawyers if you’re accused of this or any other crime. (414) 270-0202.

How do we defend my case?

Child abuse cases are all different, but they have a few consistent issues.  First, there are kids involved.  And anyone who has ever been around kids knows that they’re not all the most honest.  There’s certainly a reason social workers in criminal cases are required to determine whether the child knows the difference between the truth and a lie.  Some of them haven’t developed this basic understanding.  And that’s obviously important to your criminal case.  If the kid is lying, we need to dig into the case and determine that.

Secondly, you always maintain your right to a jury trial.  Some criminal defense lawyers are incapable of winning jury trials.  You won’t find that at Meyer Van Severen.  If you’re accused of committing a crime that you didn’t do, we’ll fight for you at trial.

And finally, there might be motions to file in your case.  Certainly raising and fighting issues before trial makes the government become a lot more reasonable.  If the child has psych records that could show issues with truth and honesty, of if there’s something in those records that tends to show you’re not guilty, we might consider a Shiffra Green motion.

Finally, contact our criminal defense attorneys to begin fighting your child abuse case.

Child abuse cases are certainly serious, and we believe hiring a specialist is of the utmost importance.  Is that general practice attorney going to achieve the same result as someone who focuses 100% of his time on criminal defense?  Maybe.  But we’d be willing to guess that probably won’t be the case.  The more time a defense attorney spends working on criminal cases, the more time he’ll have to become familiar with all the intricate issues he’ll need to fight.  And that’s certainly what we do.

At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. you’ll find specialists.  You’ll find criminal defense lawyers who dedicate 100% of their practice to just that: criminal law.  We don’t handle divorces.  We certainly won’t draft your will.  But we will fight for your liberty against the government.

Finally, we answer phone calls 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.  Call us and let’s start fighting your case together.