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Violent Crimes

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Accused of a Violent Crime in Wisconsin?

Getting charged with a violent crime can be a life-altering experience. Violent crimes carry the harshest penalties available to the state, and can attract unwanted result in lifelong attention if you are convicted.

If you’re facing charges right now, you should know the following.

  1. Juries, having watched crime dramas since childhood, tend to assume the cops know what they’re doing. They often make their decisions by presuming guilt instead of innocence, despite instructions to the contrary. Often they are more afraid of letting a violent criminal go free than they are of a wrongful conviction. Often it takes an aggressive defense and a brilliant courtroom presentation to overcome that bias.
  1. Public-defender cases most often end with a plea bargain, which means that though you may face a lesser charge and sentence, you will still have a criminal record and will be sentenced for a crime. Though that may indeed be an option worth considering, it should not be the default. You need an attorney who will put in the due diligence and walk you through all your options.

Working with an experienced legal team may mean the difference between keeping your freedom and losing it.  Read on to learn more about specific types of violent-crime cases we handle, or contact our law offices today for a free case evaluation.

First-Degree Intentional Homicide

First-Degree Intentional Homicide has two elements: (1) you’ve allegedly caused another human being to lose his or her life, and (2) the killing was intentional. If convicted of First-Degree Intentional Homicide you could face life in prison.

Proving “actual innocence” – that you were wrongfully accused – isn’t the only way to defend against a First-Degree Intentional Homicide charge. We may be able to prove the death was lawful (e.g. that you acted in self-defense), or that intent did not exist. The state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you caused the death, that it was intentional, and that the death was not justified.

Second-Degree Intentional Homicide

Once known as “manslaughter,” in a Second-Degree Intentional Homicide case the state may not be able to prove there were no mitigating factors leading up to the crime, such as defending another person but using excessive force to do so, or acting with “adequate provocation” (meaning circumstances existed that caused the alleged killer to lose all self-control).

The burden of proof for this crime is lower than for First-Degree Intentional Homicide. When pursuing a Second-Degree charge the prosecution must prove only that the defendant’s actions played a substantial role in the death of the other person, not that they were the sole cause of death. 

First-Degree Reckless Homicide

If you’re charged with this crime, you’re accused of causing the death of another person by acting in a way that showed no regard for human life.

For example, if you drive 20 MPH above the speed limit, strike another vehicle, and kill the other driver you could be charged with First-Degree Reckless Homicide because you were acting recklessly when the death occurred. 

Felony Murder

Felony murder is a charge you’ll face if you are believed to have caused a death while committing another crime. For example, if you and three of your friends robbed a convenience store, and one of your friends shoots and kills the clerk, you can be charged with felony murder even though you did not aim the gun or pull the trigger.

Felony murder serves as a separate charge rather than as an “enhancement” to the original felony charge. Because of that, you may face stacked prison sentences for both crimes. 

Negligent Homicide

A reasonable person is expected to exercise some care and caution with certain dangerous items, like firearms, fireworks, explosives, or cars. If you don’t exercise enough care and caution and someone dies as a result you could be charged with Negligent Homicide.

That crime also covers using firearms or vehicles while intoxicated and causing a death as a result.

Whatever the alleged offense, you need a strong defense.

Whether you’re innocent or guilty, you have the constitutional right to pursue the best-case outcome possible. That will require a rigorous defense prepared by an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you’ve been or may soon be charged with any violent crime, don’t delay. Contact our law offices for a free case evaluation.


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