Violent crimes are considered some of the most serious offenses in Wisconsin. Due to the circumstances surrounding many violent crimes, law enforcement and prosecutors may act quickly after a crime of this nature is committed without conducting a thorough investigation. You may find yourself behind bars for a crime that you did not commit or see that you are facing exaggerated charges. Let the experience of the criminal defense attorneys at Hogan Eickhoff help you through this difficult time. Contact our firm at (920) 450-9800 to schedule a confidential consultation with a seasoned attorney in Appleton.FREE CONSULTATION
Types of Violent Crimes
Violent crimes are usually considered more serious than other types of crimes and are usually charged as felonies with potential penalties of prison time. Some of the following are examples of offenses that qualify as violent crimes in Wisconsin:
This offense involves taking property away from another by using or threatening to use a dangerous weapon.
Assault by a prisoner
A prisoner who attacks a correctional officer can be charged with this offense.
Burglary involves going into a building without the owner’s consent while knowing that he or she did not have consent with the intention to steal or commit a felony while inside.
Dangerous use of a weapon
Negligently handling a dangerous weapon or having a dangerous weapon while intoxicated can result in being charged with this crime.
Expelling bodily fluids at law enforcement
Throwing or expelling blood, semen, vomit, saliva, feces, urine, or other bodily fluids at law enforcement or certain other public safety workers can result in this charge.
Homicide or Murder
This crime is defined as taking another person’s life without legal justification.
Physical abuse of a child
Physical abuse directed at a child can result in significant criminal penalties.
Recklessly endangering safety
This crime can be charged if you behaved in a criminally reckless manner without regard for the lives or safety of others.
Threats toward law enforcement or judge
It is illegal to threaten a law enforcement officer, judge, prosecutor, or certain other public safety workers.
What to Do if Facing Violent Crime Charges
It is important that you act quickly after learning that you are being charged with a violent crime. Penalties may be severe, so it is in your best interest to start lodging an effective defense to these charges. We can discuss the circumstances surrounding the charges you are facing and develop a personalized legal strategy around them. We can explore different defenses as well as entertain plea agreements that may be offered by the prosecution. Our attorneys will provide you with advice and recommendations regarding any opportunities to resolve your case before trial, including accepting a reduction in time or a charge.
Call us at (920) 450-9800 to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case with one of our seasoned lawyers. Located in Appleton, we serve the state of Wisconsin including Green Bay, Oshkosh, Chilton, Waupaca, and beyond. In addition to representing clients accused of violent crimes, we have experience with cases involving felonies, misdemeanors, sex offenses, domestic violence, property crimes, and drug offenses.