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In Wisconsin battery can be a misdemeanor or felony-level criminal charge. Aggravated battery is one example of felony battery. It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side when facing criminal charges, especially when those charges are felonies. Our Milwaukee criminal defense law firm, Meyer Van Severen, S.C., defends all criminal accusations in Wisconsin. Top criminal defense attorneys, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen are available to discuss aggravated battery defense at (414) 270-0202. If you are charged with another battery offense, such as substantial battery, also give us a call.
Aggravated battery has two versions, one “with intent to cause bodily harm” and the other “with intent to cause great bodily harm.”
What is the definition of aggravated battery with intent to cause bodily harm?
Aggravated battery with intent to cause bodily harm is defined in section 940.19(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes. It requires that:
The defendant cause great bodily harm to another by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or another.
“Great bodily harm” refers to an injury which creates a substantial risk of death, serious permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent/protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. It also refers to other serious bodily injury.
“Bodily harm” means physical pain, injury, illness, or an impairment of bodily function.
“Intent to cause bodily harm” means that the defendant had the mental purpose to cause bodily harm the victim or another individual, and the defendant was aware that his conduct was practically certain to cause bodily harm to the victim or another individual.
Firstly, aggravated battery with intent to cause bodily harm is a Class H felony in Wisconsin. Upon conviction, the defendant is subject to 6 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine, or both. Clearly it can be important to have a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney provide aggravated battery defense when facing such a serious potential penalty.