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Assault & Battery Defense Attorney

Attorney French will prove your innocence when you’re facing wrongful assault charges

There are countless reasons a person could be facing inaccurate charges. From self-defense to false claims, Attorney French will be there for you every step of the way. She provides free legal consultations so she can get to know your case inside and out before determining the best course of action. Contact Milwaukee’s defense attorney Sydne French to prove your innocence.

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What is considered a Misdemeanor Battery Case?

A Class-A Misdemeanor Battery charge requires that the State prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you did all of the following:

  • caused bodily harm to another
  • with intent to cause the harm and
  • without consent

Penalties: The maximum penalties for Class-A Misdemeanor Battery are a $10,000 fine and 9 months in jail.

What is assault & battery?

Assault is an attack of any sort, whether it’s physical, verbal, sexual or any other act with the intent to hurt someone in some way. Attorney French provides defense against any of the following types of assault charges:

Battery charges are defined in Chapter 940 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Depending on the circumstances underlying the incident in question, battery charges may be prosecuted in Wisconsin as a misdemeanor or a felony. Both are serious criminal charges that can result in significant penalties and jail time.

If the alleged victim is a romantic partner or someone you live with, or someone with whom you have a child in common, the prosecutor will likely add a domestic abuse penalty enhancer to the battery charge, increasing the seriousness of the consequences.

Attorney Sydne French's background in clinical and research psychology (in child and adult populations) makes her particularly skilled at detecting false allegations commonly associated with domestic battery cases. Whether the motivation underlying the false domestic battery accusation is to gain advantage in divorce or custody proceedings, or simply based on vindictiveness, Attorney French has the background and experience to expose the true nature of the accusations.

What are the different classes of Felony Assault?

There are different "classes" or levels of severity for Felony Battery charges. Classes range from E to I, with E being the worse. Generally speaking, the greater the degree of harm intended, the more serious the charge and sentencing consequences.

Class-I Felony Battery

To get a Class-I Felony Battery conviction, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did all of the following:

  • caused substantial bodily harm
  • with intent and
  • without consent

Substantial bodily harm refers to any injury that causes stitches, staples, bone fracture, broken nose, loss of consciousness, a concussion, or loss of a tooth.

Penalties: if you get a Class-I Felony Battery conviction, you face up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Class-H Felony Battery

With a Class-H Felony Battery, the State must prove to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  • caused great bodily harm
  • with intent to cause harm, and
  • without consent

Great bodily harm is defined by Wisconsin Statutes as an injury that creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious and permanent disfigurement or the loss of use or impairment of an organ or appendage.

Penalties: a conviction of Class-H Felony Battery carries the potential for a sentence of up to 6 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Class-E Felony Battery

The elements the State must prove for a Class-E Felony Battery conviction are that you:

  • caused great bodily harm to another
  • with intent to cause great bodily harm, and
  • without consent

Penalties: You face up to 15 years in prison and fines reaching up to $50,000 if you get a Class-E Felony Battery conviction.

Contact Sydne French for a free legal consultation if you’re facing false assault & battery accusations.
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