Battery Charges in Wisconsin

Under Wisconsin criminal law, the crime of battery, substantial battery and aggravated battery covers a wide range of charges, from domestic violence and simple assault to even more serious attempts to harm another person. These situations are rarely black and white. Oftentimes, people act in self-defense or are provoked into action. One of our criminal defense attorneys can help make sure your side of the story is heard.

Misdemeanor Battery

In a misdemeanor battery, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Caused bodily harm to another AND
  • Intended to cause bodily harm to another AND
  • Caused bodily harm without the complainant’s consent AND
  • Knew the complainant did not consent

A misdemeanor battery carries with it a maximum penalty of 9 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Class I - Felony Battery

In a class I felony battery, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Caused substantial bodily harm to another (defined as injury that requires staples, stitches, a loss of consciousness, concussion, the loss of a tooth, a broken bone or a broken nose) AND
  • Intended to cause bodily harm to another

This felony charge carries with it a maximum penalty of 3½ years and a $10,000 fine.

Class H - Felony Battery

In a class H felony battery, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Caused great bodily harm to another (defined as injury that causes a substantial risk of death or causes permanent disfigurement or the loss of use or impairment of an organ or appendage) AND
  • Intended to cause bodily harm to another

This felony charge carries with it a maximum penalty of 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Class E - Felony Battery

In a class E felony battery, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Caused great bodily harm to another AND
  • Intended to cause great bodily harm to another

This felony charge carries with it a maximum penalty of 15 years and a $50,000 fine.

Choose an Attorney Who Will Aggressively Right for Your Rights!

The differences from one battery charge to the next can be quite subtle. Our criminal defense attorneys have many years of experience defending people against battery charges throughout Wisconsin. In light of the consequences of these serious misdemeanor and felony convictions, it is essential to consult with an experienced Wisconsin criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For a FREE, no obligation consultation with one of our criminal defense attorney at Doar, Drill & Skow, call 877-362-7529 toll free or contact us online. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin.