Bar Fights And Assault Charges In Wisconsin
When A Bar Fight Turns Into An Assault Charge
There is solid evidence that alcohol plays a part in violent altercations in Wisconsin. Many bar fights have started after a few drinks, even over something as innocuous as bumping into another person. Although it seems like bar fights could easily be avoided, alcohol-clouded judgment and high-running emotions can quickly turn a simple misunderstanding into a physical altercation that might lead to an arrest and even result in a battery charge.
Examples of Bar Fight Charges in Wisconsin
Bar fights typically fall under Wisconsin’s battery laws and/or disorderly conduct laws, depending on the circumstances of the fight. You could face any of the following charges:
- Disorderly Conduct. Indecent, violent, abusive, profane, or unreasonably loud behavior that causes or provokes a disturbance could result in a disorderly conduct charge. This is a Class B misdemeanor that carries up to 90 days in jail, up to a $1,000 fine or a combination of both.
- Misdemeanor Battery. If one person intentionally causes bodily harm to another without that person’s consent, it is considered Misdemeanor Battery. This is a Class A misdemeanor offense that carries up to nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
- Substantial Battery. This charge occurs when someone intentionally causes substantial bodily harm to another such as: lacerations, fractured and broken bones, tooth loss, burns, or concussions. This is a Class 1 felony that is punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
- Aggravated Battery. The most severe charge, aggravated battery, includes an intent to cause great bodily harm. Such injuries cause long-term damage to the victim, including a risk of death, disability, or permanent impairment. This is a Class H felony punishable up to six years in prison and up to $10,000 fine.
Fighting Assault And Battery Charges
Being charged with assault and battery as a result of a bar fight does not mean you will be convicted. You always have the option to fight the charges with help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will help ensure your rights are protected, your side of the story is heard, and a fair judgment is received.
Contact Eisenberg Law Offices in Wisconsin for help fighting assault and battery charges and protecting your future. Schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing Info@eisenberglaw.org today.