Battery is a common misdemeanor offense in Wisconsin criminal courts.
Simple battery in Wisconsin, which is a battery that does not cause substantial bodily harm or worse, is Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and 9 months in jail.
Most people think of battery as a punch, but it is not limited to a punch. So, what qualifies as battery in Wisconsin? Any act done with intent to cause bodily harm may qualify as a battery.
For example, choking, kicking, scratching, or twisting may all qualify as a battery if it:
- Is done with the intent to cause bodily harm,
- It causes bodily harm, and
- Is done without consent of the person harmed.