We defend battery charges.
Top Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen regularly defend battery cases throughout Wisconsin. Wisconsin has different levels of battery. Although this page discusses misdemeanor battery charges, we regularly defend substantial battery and aggravated battery charges, along with every other conceivable criminal charge in Wisconsin.
What is misdemeanor battery?
Pursuant to section 940.19(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the crime of misdemeanor battery occurs when:
The defendant causes bodily harm to another by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or another without the consent of the person so harmed.
“Cause” in the first element means that the defendant’s action was a substantial factor in causing producing the bodily harm.
“Bodily harm” includes physical pain or injury. It also includes illness or any physical impairment.
“Intent to cause bodily harm” in the second element means that the defendant’s mental purpose was to cause bodily harm to another individual. Or the defendant was aware that his conduct was practically certain to cause bodily harm to another individual.
Misdemeanor battery is a Class A Misdemeanor and carries with it jail time of up to 9 months or a fine of $10,000.00, or both. Misdemeanor battery defense, provided by a competent Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, is important when facing such serious stakes. Not all criminal defense lawyers are capable of defending your battery case. If your misdemeanor battery offense is an act of domestic violence, special additional considerations arise while defending your case.
Our criminal defense attorneys have defended simple and complex battery cases. In a recent Ozaukee County case, Attorney Meyer defended a misdemeanor battery case involving transferred intent. In that case, the defendant intended to strike one individual but ended up striking a different person. For purposes of criminal liability, the intent transferred. Understanding complex legal theories is important for defending serious criminal accusations. As a matter of fact, we do. It’s how we provide you the very best criminal defense.