What You Need To Know about Assault and Battery Charges


An assault and battery lawyer can help keep you out of jail, keep fines to a minimum, and negotiate probation or parole terms that work for you. John Anthony Ward, LLC, in Kenosha, WI, defends people charged with crimes by investigating the charges and fighting to protect your freedoms. We understand the severity of criminal charges being filed against you, and how a conviction can negatively impact your life. Our strategies include steps to minimize the consequences so you can avoid criminal and civil liability. 

Defining Battery

The legal definition of battery is unwanted contact with another, which causes harm in some way. The definition is broad and battery is not limited to an actual punch or other forceful action. Battery is also defined as any offensive contact that is unwanted with another person. Any time the contact was not invited and was offensive, charges for battery can be filed. Battery can be categorized as either civil or criminal. Depending on the type of battery charges filed, a defendant can face stiff fines and possible imprisonment. In order to protect your rights, you should seek the guidance of a dedicated criminal defense attorney, such as Mr. Ward.

An assault and battery lawyer can help keep you out of jail, keep fines to a minimum, and negotiate probation or parole terms that work for you.

Defining Assault

Assault charges are typically filed along with battery charges. It is difficult to have a battery without an assault because assault is the actual attempt or threat to cause injury. Most people think assault refers to actual touching or contact, but assault is legally defined as the intent to carry out these actions. Defending assault charges requires a look into what the defendant intended to happen. Thus, when the facts indicate the injury was the result of an accident, for example, it becomes difficult for the prosecution to pursue charges of assault. Provocation and self-defense are also common strategies used when defending assault charges.

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If you have been charged with assault and battery, you need a dedicated criminal defense attorney to stand by your side.

Potential Consequences

If you are convicted of assault and battery, you can one or several serious consequences:

  • Jail time
  • High fines and court costs
  • A criminal record, which can prevent you from getting a job or owning a firearm
  • Going on parole or probation
  • Mandatory anger management and other court-ordered courses

You might also be held liable for civil damages, which means you will have to pay for medical expenses for the victim and other costs associated with the injuries. The potential for jail time and fines, having a record, losing out on a job, and having to pay medical bills is why you need a qualified attorney on your side. Most of us are not able to miss out on a paycheck, which is what will happen if you are not hired because of your record or have to go to jail due to a conviction. It is also difficult to make ends meet if you are paying civil fines for an assault and battery conviction. Mr. Ward strives to keep these harsh consequences to a minimum, and will work closely with you to develop a case strategy that makes sense for your unique needs.

Take Action Today

If you have been arrested for assault and battery, reach out to our firm online or call (262) 654-8868. Mr. Ward has been providing criminal defense services for over 30 years and was voted as one of the top 10 criminal law attorneys in Wisconsin by The American Jury Institute. We know how to get our clients' lives back on track and look forward to meeting with you.

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"Mr. Ward and his professional team proceeded tenaciously to build a strong case in my favor. His in-depth knowledge of the law resulted in my twelve year old felony becoming just a misdemeanor. Mr. Ward is the third attorney to work on my case, but the only one who achieved positive results."

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