Have you been charged with substantial battery?
Battery can be charged as a felony in Wisconsin. One version of felony battery in Wisconsin is called substantial battery. It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side when facing criminal charges, especially a felony. If you need substantial battery defense, contact Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen.
Substantial battery had two versions prior to February 1, 2003: “with intent to cause bodily harm” and “with intent to cause substantial bodily harm.” Now in order to be charged with substantial battery a defendant only needs to intend to cause bodily harm. What’s the difference? “With intent to cause substantial harm” is more difficult to prove. The government was required to show that the defendant actually intended to cause the higher level of harm. Now all that needs to be shown is the defendant intended to cause some bodily harm.
Section 940.19(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes provides the current definition of substantial battery. Substantial battery is committed when the criminal defendant caused substantial bodily harm to another by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm.
“Substantial bodily harm” means an injury to the body that includes a laceration that requires stitches/staples/a tissue adhesive, any fracture of a bone, a broken nose, a burn, a temporary loss of consciousness/sight/hearing, a concussion, or a loss or fracture of a tooth.
“Bodily harm” (referring to “with intent to cause bodily harm”) means physical pain or injury, illness, or any impairment of the victim’s physical condition.
Substantial battery is punishable by a Class I felony, carrying with it a potential penalty of 3 years and 6 months in prison, a $10,000.00 fine, or both. This is a serious criminal penalty.
Substantial battery is charged often after fights and domestic violence incidents. Domestic violence charges carry with them special considerations, as there are additional penalties when facing these charges. But all substantial battery cases are serious. They’re all felonies. They all carry a potential prison sentence. At our criminal defense law firm we believe it’s important that you hire the best Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys.
Substantial battery is a very serious criminal offense in Wisconsin that carries with it very serious penalties. At Milwaukee criminal defense law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we defend all criminal charges. We regularly defend substantial battery cases and can help defend yours. For serious, top-quality criminal defense, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 today.