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Charged with Bodily Security Crimes in Wisconsin?

The layperson may classify many bodily security crimes as being just as violent as “violent crimes,” they’re a little different.  The Wisconsin State legislature defines violent crimes as “crimes against life.” Crimes against bodily security don’t result in any death, but still result in (often severe) damage or trauma to the victim. 

Read on to learn more about specific types of bodily security crime cases we handle, or contact our law offices today for a free case evaluation.

Battery

You may often hear “assault” and “battery” used in the same sentence, but they are two separate crimes. Assault is a threat or attempt to cause harm. Battery is the charge levied when the attempt to cause harm is successful.

The harm must be done without the victim’s consent. For example, you cannot be charged with battery if you and another person both agree to a boxing match and one participant gets injured. 

Mayhem

Mayhem is a charge brought against you when you are accused of intentionally mutilating another human with intent to disable or disfigure him or her. It is a Class B felony and is taken very seriously by the courts.   The injury must cause grave bodily harm to produce a valid mayhem charge. 

Negligent Injury

Negligent Injury is a charge you will face if you are accused of causing injury to another person through the negligent handling of firearms, explosives, or vehicles. It also covers causing an injury because you were handling any of these items while intoxicated, or under the influence. 

Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

This crime covers elder abuse, abuse of mentally ill adults, or abuse of physically disabled adults who are unable to defend themselves. “Abuse” is defined as “conduct which causes or reasonably could be expected to cause bodily harm.”

The statute further outlines restraints, confinement, and the cruel deprivation of food, water, clothing, or medical care as forms of abuse.

The law may extend “Abuse” charges to people working in nursing homes and similar facilities. It may also be applied to a defendant who works in such a facility but fails to report an abuse crime. 

Kidnapping or False Imprisonment

Imprisoning someone against his or her will, or using force or threats of force to carry him or her from one place to another with intent to imprison that person, are both serious crimes. 

False imprisonment is not considered to be the “less serious” form of kidnapping. The difference is simply whether the individual was carried from one place to another through the use of force or threat of force before the imprisonment took place. 

Taking Hostages

Holding someone against his or her will, even for a moment, with the intent of using that person as a hostage would produce this type of charge. The severity of the charge will depend on whether or not the hostage was harmed.

The victim is defined as a hostage if the hostage-taker was trying to use that person’s life or wellbeing to force someone else to take or to avoid taking a certain action. 

Intimidation of Witnesses and Victims

Attempting to use force or threats to influence a victim’s decision to seek help from law enforcement or a witnesses testimony in a crime are both felonies. That includes threats to the family of the victim or witness. 

Attempted Crimes

You need not be successful at murder, kidnapping, or other crimes to face justice for them. If you were caught in an attempt you may still be charged with a felony. When the crime is attempted but unsuccessful, it is a crime of bodily security rather than a violent crime.

None of those charges is minor.

All bodily security crimes are Class E felonies or higher, which means they can be punished with 15 years in prison or more, and/or a $50,000 fine or more. If you’ve been charged with one of these crimes, your freedom is at stake.

You can have a top-notch defense team help you bring your case to its best possible outcome. The more time we have to work on your case, the better the outcome is likely to be. Contact our attorneys today to set up a free case evaluation.


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