Madison criminal defense lawyer Robert T. Ruth defends individuals accused of reckless injury 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 reckless injury anywhere in Wisconsin, let his experience in the courtroom, along with his commitment to his clients, go to work for you.
Madison WI Reckless Injury Defense Lawyer Attorney
There are three crimes for reckless injury under Wisconsin Criminal law 940.23. Second degree reckless injury is a Class F felony in Wisconsin, punishable by up to 12 years, six months prison and a fine of up to $25,000. It requires proof of great bodily harm and proof that the great bodily harm was caused by criminally reckless conduct.
First degree reckless injury is a Class D felony, punishable by up to 25 years prison and a fine of up to $100,000. It requires proof that great bodily harm was caused by criminally reckless conduct under circumstances that show utter disregard for human life.
There is an additional form of reckless injury that only applies to injuries caused to a pregnant woman or her unborn child. This sort of reckless injury is a Class D felony, punishable by up to 25 years prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
In the context of a reckless injury charge, “cause” generally means that the defendant’s acts were a substantial factor producing great bodily harm. Great bodily harm is generally defined in Wisconsin as a harm which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious or permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or other serious bodily injury. Criminally reckless conduct under the Wisconsin criminal law usually means the following:
The conduct created a risk of death of great bodily harm; and
The risk of death or great bodily harm was unreasonable ad substantial; and
The defendant was aware that his or her conduct created the unreasonable and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm.
Call Madison criminal attorney Robert T. Ruth at 608-257-2540 for a free consultation if you need a reckless injury defense lawyer in Wisconsin.