The criminal defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. have experience defending all kinds of criminal cases. If you’ve been accused of either hiding or mutilating a corpse, police may believe you’re somehow involved in the underlying murder case. Both offenses are Class F felonies, carrying with them maximum penalties of 12 years in prison, a fine of $25,000.00, or both. The serious penalties, along with the proximity to a potential homicide charge, makes this a serious criminal accusation. Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. immediately if you’ve been accused of hiding or mutilating a corpse.
Mutilating a corpse is a crime prohibited by section 940.11(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes. The exact language of the statute indicates that it’s a crime when an individual “mutilates, disfigures or dismembers a corpse, with intent to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension…” As with any criminal offense, there are specific parts, or elements, that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The two elements of mutilating a corpse are:
“Corpse” means the dead body of a human being. American Heritage Dictionary of English Language, 3rd Edition, 1992.
Hiding a corpse is prohibited by section 940.11(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. The language of the statute says “Whoever hides of buries a corpse, with intent to conceal a crime or avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction for a crime…” is guilty of a Class F felony. Importantly, this section does not make it a crime if the corpse is hidden to avoid apprehension, prosecution, or conviction of certain fraud crimes involving financial benefits from the State of Wisconsin. The elements of hiding a corpse are:
The definition of corpse is the same for hiding a corpse as it is for mutilating a corpse.
Our criminal defense law firm focuses all its resources on defending accusations just like these. If you’ve been accused of hiding or mutilating a corpse, we believe your first call should be to a top criminal defense lawyer in Wisconsin. Phone calls are answered around the clock at (414) 270-0202. Call us to begin preparing your best defense.