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Oconomowoc criminal defense attorney

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects statistical information about various types of crimes and publishes a summarizing report about crime in the United States. Violent crime in particular has decreased significantly across the United States as a whole over the past 20 years or so. However, violent crime still remains an issue across the country. According to the latest data available from the FBI, Wisconsin reported more than 17,000 occurrences of violent crime throughout the state in 2019. Wisconsin takes violent criminal offenses, such as murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and robbery, very seriously and convictions for any of those could result in severe sentences.

Violent Crime in Wisconsin

When the FBI collects crime data, they group the data into different categories with one of them being by offense type. In its yearly statistic report, the four crimes that are included under violent crimes are murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and robbery.

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Milwaukee assault and battery defense attorney

Being accused of any crime is a serious matter, but being accused of a violent offense often has much more significant consequences. Violent crimes tend to carry stiffer penalties than others. In most cases, these crimes carry the possibility of many different punishments, such as jail time, fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record. If you have been accused of committing assault and/or battery in Wisconsin, it can have a lasting impact on your personal and professional life. Therefore, it is crucial to speak to a criminal defense lawyer who can help build a strong defense on your behalf.

What Is Assault?

In a general sense, an assault occurs when an individual causes another person to reasonably fear bodily harm. Physical contact does not have to be made for assault charges to apply in Wisconsin. In most cases, however, the act also involves a battery offense, which is the charge that prosecutors typically focus on.

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