An assault and battery conviction is not something you want on your criminal record. No matter the circumstances leading to the alleged incident, no matter how blameless you are, some people will see you as a violent person or a troublemaker not worthy of a job, an apartment or placement in a school. This is why it is so important to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Through the use of proven defense strategies, it may be possible to get this charge dismissed or at least to lessen the damage it has on your future.
Attorney Jeffrey Kippa and criminal defense team of J. Kippa Law, LLC., has extensive experience defending their clients against assault and battery charges in Appleton and throughout surrounding Wisconsin communities. They will work tirelessly to protect your rights, your reputation and your future in this critical legal matter.
In Wisconsin, assault and battery are two separate charges, although they are often spoken of as a single crime. Assault describes an action by one person that gives another person reason to believe their physical well-being is at risk, while battery describes an act of force used with the intent to inflict injury.
Assault in the context of a minor bar fight may be charged as a misdemeanor, but if the alleged act results in a serious physical injury, it may be charged as a felony. Felony assault charges carry extremely harsh penalties, including up to 15 years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Even a misdemeanor charge carries severe consequences, and a conviction will haunt you in the form of a permanent criminal record.
Remember, no matter how serious the charge, you are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. A skilled defense team can use proven defense strategies on your behalf. In some cases, it may be appropriate to argue self-defense or mistaken identity. In other cases, exculpatory evidence may be found in surveillance video or eyewitness accounts. Whatever the circumstances, attorney Jeffrey Kippa’s team will aggressively defend your rights every step of the way.
To arrange your free legal consultation with an experienced assault and battery defense lawyer in Appleton, please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 920-733-1100. We represent clients throughout Wisconsin including Green Bay and Oshkosh.