Madison criminal defense lawyer Robert T. Ruth defends individuals accused of battery to a police officer in Wisconsin courts. He has been a Wisconsin lawyer since 1993 and has devoted his law firm to criminal defense since then. He is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense in Wisconsin and federal courts, from the initial stages of a case through direct appeal, petition for review or petition for certiorari and collateral attack. If you stand accused of battery to a police officer anywhere in Wisconsin, let his experience in the courtroom, along with his commitment to his clients, go to work for you.
Madison WI Battery to a Police Officer Lawyer Attorney
An otherwise ordinary battery is elevated to a felony crime under certain “special circumstances” defined in the WI criminal law. One of those special circumstances is battery to a police officer under section 940.20(2).
The crime of battery to a police officer (or firefighter) under the WI criminal law requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the following:
That the defendant caused bodily harm to a person. Cause in this context means that the defendant’s conduct was a substantial factor in producing the bodily harm. Bodily harm means physical pain or injury, illness, or any impairment of physical condition;
That the person harmed was a police officer or fire fighter;
That the person harmed was acting in an official capacity;
That the defendant knew or had reason to know that the person harmed was a police officer or firefighter;
That the defendant caused the bodily harm without consent of the person harmed;
That the defendant acted intentionally.
Battery to a police officer or firefighter is a Class I felony, punishable by up to 3 years 6 months prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Call Madison criminal defense attorney Robert T. Ruth at 608-257-2540 for a free consultation if you need a battery to a police officer defense lawyer in Wisconsin.