We defend misdemeanor battery charges.
Misdemeanor battery charges are the frequent result of physical conflicts. Whether it’s a bar fight, a random confrontation, or a domestic violence situation, so long as the victim suffered no serious harm (broken bones, stitches, etc.), it qualifies as a misdemeanor-level criminal charge. Specifically, misdemeanor battery is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 9 months in jail, $10,000.00 in fines, or both. More aggravated felony-level battery charges include substantial battery and aggravated battery, which we discuss in other pages on this website.
The criminal defense lawyers at Van Severen Law Office, S.C. regularly defend individuals accused of committing violent crimes. Frequently these situations involve battery charges. We’re familiar with the issues involves and are prepared to present your best defense throughout your case.
Van Severen Law Office, S.C. is a full service criminal defense law firm with offices throughout Wisconsin. We offer free consultations to potential clients and have a human answering our phones 24/7. Contact us now at (414) 270-0202 and let’s schedule a time to talk about your case.
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. We’ve 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.