Tag: homicide

Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle

What are the elements of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle? All criminal offenses in Wisconsin have certain elements that the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.  If the government cannot prove each element, the defendant must be found not guilty.  While most elements are pretty simple, we’re going to provide…

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Assisting suicide defense attorneys – 940.12

What is assisting suicide? Assisting suicide is helping an individual to take his or her own life.  In recent years, and other jurisdictions, assisting suicide charges have been brought against ex-girlfriends and boyfriends who encouraged their partners to take their lives.  Unfortunately, cases like this can attract media attention and go viral rather quickly. Wis….

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Abortion defense attorneys – Wis. Stat. 940.04

Wis. Stat. 940.04 – Abortion Section 940.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits abortion.  The law says: (1)  Any person, other than the mother, who intentionally destroys the life of an unborn child is guilty of a Class H felony. (2) Any person, other than the mother, who does either of the following is guilty of a Class…

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Homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon

What is “homicide by negligent handling of dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire”? Section 940.08 of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire.  The law says: (1) Except as provided in sub. (3), whoever causes the death of another human being by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous…

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Homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle

What is homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle? Section 940.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.  There are two versions of the offense, but the only difference in the status of the victim.  Section 940.10(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes deals with homicide of another human being.  Section 940.10(2)…

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Mutilating or hiding a corpse defense

What is 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…

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Second degree intentional homicide defense

What are mitigating circumstances? Mitigating circumstances reduce a first degree case to a second degree case.  They certainly don’t excuse the underlying criminal conduct.  But the legislature determined that mercy and fairness warrant the reduction in criminal liability.  Mitigating circumstances for a first-degree intentional homicide case include: Adequate provocation.  This focuses on the fact that…

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First degree intentional homicide defense

What are mitigating circumstances? Mitigating circumstances are certainly important to consider while defending intentional murder charges.  While they don’t excuse the defendant’s actions, they reduce the offense.  When properly found, the following mitigating circumstances reduce this charge to second degree intentional homicide: Adequate provocation.  The victim’s death was caused under the influence of adequate provocation….

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Felony murder defense

Which felonies qualify for felony murder? The numbers in the statute refer to other crimes.  Felony murder is only a crime when the murder happens in connection with one of those offenses. The offenses include battery, substantial battery, aggravated battery, battery to an unborn child, battery by prisoners, battery or threat to a witness, battery…

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Second-degree reckless homicide defense

What is second-degree reckless homicide? Although first-degree reckless homicide can include varied allegations, second-degree reckless homicide involves two different versions.  The first version involves the murder of another adult.  The second version involves the murder of an unborn child.  No matter whether the murder involves a child or an adult, the penalty if a Class…

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