Second Degree Reckless Injury Charge
A second degree reckless injury charge is a very serious charge with the potential for a lengthy prison sentence. Furthermore, these types of violent crimes are taken seriously by the state and the courts. If you or your loved one have been charged with second degree reckless injury you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney. Under Wisconsin Statute § 940.23(2), a second degree reckless injury conviction is a class F felony which is punishable by imprisonment of 12 and a half years and a fine of $25,000, or both. Anderson & O’Connell, S.C. will aggressively represent you and fight for you. We can be your voice in court.
Second Degree Reckless Injury Attorney in Madison, WI
In some circumstances knowing an act is criminally reckless is a no brainer. In other circumstances it is not so clear. A criminal defense attorney who has dealt with these types of cases will know what to argue. Even when the circumstances point towards criminally reckless conduct an attorney is needed. Anderson & O’Connell, S.C. knows these case. If you are looking for a second degree reckless injury attorney in the Madison, WI area, we can help. Contact us today to start your defense.
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What the State must prove to convict on second degree reckless injury charges
Second degree reckless injury is committed when you recklessly cause great bodily harm to another human being. Specifically, the state must prove the following two elements:
- You caused great bodily harm to a victim;
- you caused great bodily harm by criminally reckless conduct
“Great bodily harm” means that the actor caused serious bodily injury. Injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or serious permanent disfigurement, or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ, or other serious bodily injury.
“Criminally reckless conduct” includes conduct that created a risk of death or great bodily harm to another person. Additionally the risk of death or great bodily harm must have been unreasonable and substantial and the actor must have been aware that his or her conduct created the unreasonable and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm.
Aggressive defense in Second Degree Reckless Injury Cases
Understanding whether or not the state has enough evidence to convict you can be difficult. Every case is different and a skilled criminal defense attorney should be consulted. A conviction will carry significant penalties. An aggressive defense to these charges can help mitigate those consequences.