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Felony Assault

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What most people think of as assault (causing bodily harm to another person) is legally referred to in Wisconsin as battery. The severity of the injury and the intent of the act are factors in determining severity of the charge. There are specific laws regarding battery (against witnesses, police officers, government employees, etc.). Wisconsin’s general battery laws are as follows.

Causing bodily harm with intent to cause bodily harm is a Class A misdemeanor.

Causing substantial bodily harm with intent to cause bodily harm is a Class I felony.

Causing great bodily harm with intent to cause bodily harm is a Class H felony.

Causing great bodily harm with intent to cause great bodily harm is a Class E felony.

Intentionally causing bodily harm by conduct that creates substantial risk of great bodily harm of a person who is 62 years or older or who is disabled is a Class H felony.

Wisconsin’s battery laws are very complex; if you’ve been charged with battery you should consult with an attorney to ensure you have the best possible defense.

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