Disorderly conduct and battery are two of the most common misdemeanor crimes charged after fights, arguments, and violent altercations. When those situations get worse, and a bone, nose, or tooth breaks or someone loses consciousness, the possibility of felony charges and potential prison sentences arises. Sometimes prosecutors pursue those possibilities by charging felony-level violent crime charges such as substantial battery or aggravated battery.
Situations like these are rarely black and white. Often individuals face provocations, act in self-defense, or respond out of fear. The criminal defense attorneys at Van Severen Law Office, S.C. recognize this. When retained, we’ll learn the facts of your case and begin preparing appropriate strategies for defending you. When the time is appropriate, we’ll argue those facts and the law to the judge, the jury, or even simply the prosecutor. We’ve successfully defended thousands of individuals facing situations just like yours. We’re familiar with the strategies that have worked for our other clients, and where appropriate we’ll use those strategies for your benefit.
These strategies don’t apply to fights alone. We represent individuals facing charges stemming from shootings, arson situations, and domestic violence incidents. The criminal defense attorneys at our firm have experience defending all of these, and many more, charges. Whether you’re seeking dismissal of charges, reductions in charges, avoidance of jail/prison, or avoiding a criminal record, the criminal lawyers at Van Severen Law Office will fight for your rights.
Not all criminal defense attorneys can provide you with the aggressive, focused defense needed after you’ve been charged with a crime. We’ve handled thousands of criminal cases, and in each one of those cases our client faced a different issue. Some of the violent crimes we defend include:
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but provides you a list of many of the charges we regularly encounter in these situations. And we recognize that the list is broad, and may not perfectly describe the situation you’ve encountered.
A disorderly conduct charge, for example, could be the result of getting into a verbal altercation at a local bar. Simply swearing, if the government alleges that swearing tended to cause or provoke a disturbance, is enough to land charges for this Class B misdemeanor. While the maximum penalty for a disorderly conduct charge is 90 days in jail, $1,000.00 in fines, or both, we recognize that this is still an incredibly serious situation. A conviction, even for a misdemeanor, will remain on your record for life and will prevent you from engaging in certain activities, professions, or even entering certain foreign countries.
Much more of our practice focuses on aggravated criminal charges. Arson, for example, is a Class C felony, meaning that if convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison, $100,000.00 in fines, or both. Obviously the difference between a 90 day sentence and a 60 year sentence is extreme. It’s literally a lifetime. Certain law firms don’t have the capacity to handle both mitigated and aggravated criminal charges. But at Van Severen Law Office, our diverse staff can help guide you through any of these situations.
Our criminal defense lawyers have handled thousands of criminal cases. Many of those included one of the violent crimes listed above. In a large number of those cases, we have rendered successful results for our clients. We defend individuals seeking to prove their innocence at trial, and we defend individuals seeking to simply resolve their cases with the lowest possible sentence.
A criminal charge can change your entire life. Certainly a criminal conviction will. Don’t wait until it’s too late to hire a top Milwaukee criminal defense attorney to defend your case.
Remember, Van Severen Law Office offers free consultations for clients facing criminal charges throughout the state. If you need the assistance of a top criminal defense attorney, give us a call at (414) 270-0202. Importantly, we answer phones 24/7.