Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 940.20

  • felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fire fighter: includes a person serving under s. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Officers: when applied to corporations include directors and trustees. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
   (1)    Battery by prisoners. Any prisoner confined to a state prison or other state, county, or municipal detention facility who intentionally causes bodily harm or a soft tissue injury, as defined in s. 946.41 (2) (c), to an officer, employee, visitor, or another inmate of such prison or institution, without his or her consent, is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (1g)   Battery by certain committed persons. Any person placed in a facility under s. 980.065 and who intentionally causes bodily harm to an officer, employee, agent, visitor, or other resident of the facility, without his or her consent, is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (1m)   Battery by persons subject to certain injunctions.
      (a)    Any person who is subject to an injunction under s. 813.12 or a tribal injunction filed under s. 813.128 (3g) and who intentionally causes bodily harm to the petitioner who sought the injunction by an act done without the consent of the petitioner is guilty of a Class I felony.
      (b)    Any person who is subject to an injunction under s. 813.125 and who intentionally causes bodily harm to the petitioner who sought the injunction by an act done without the consent of the petitioner is guilty of a Class I felony.
   (2)   Battery to fire fighters and commission wardens. Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a fire fighter, as defined in s. 102.475 (8) (b), or to a commission warden, acting in an official capacity and the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a fire fighter or commission warden, by an act done without the consent of the person so injured, is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (2m)   Battery to probation, extended supervision and parole agents, community supervision agents, and aftercare agents.
      (a)    In this subsection:
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (2m) (title) is shown as amended eff. 7-1-17, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget act, whichever is later, by 2015 Wis. 55. Prior to that date it reads:
Effective date text (2m)?Battery to probation, extended supervision and parole agents and aftercare agents.
         1.    “Aftercare agent” means any person authorized by the department of corrections to exercise control over a juvenile on aftercare.
         1m.    “Community supervision agent” means any person authorized by the department of corrections to exercise control over a juvenile on community supervision.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 1m. is created eff. 7-1-17, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget act, whichever is later, by 2015 Wis. Act 55.
         2.    “Probation, extended supervision and parole agent” means any person authorized by the department of corrections to exercise control over a probationer, parolee or person on extended supervision.
      (b)    Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a probation, extended supervision, and parole agent, a community supervision agent, or an aftercare agent, acting in an official capacity and the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a probation, extended supervision and parole agent, a community supervision agent, or an aftercare agent, by an act done without the consent of the person so injured, is guilty of a Class H felony.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (b) is shown as amended eff. 7-1-17, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget act, whichever is later, by 2015 Wis. Act 55. Prior to that date it reads:
Effective date text (b) Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a probation, extended supervision and parole agent or an aftercare agent, acting in an official capacity and the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a probation, extended supervision and parole agent or an aftercare agent, by an act done without the consent of the person so injured, is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (3)   Battery to jurors. Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a person who he or she knows or has reason to know is or was a grand or petit juror, and by reason of any verdict or indictment assented to by the person, without the consent of the person injured, is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (4)   Battery to public officers. Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a public officer in order to influence the action of such officer or as a result of any action taken within an official capacity, without the consent of the person injured, is guilty of a Class I felony.
   (5)   Battery to technical college district or school district officers and employees.
      (a)    In this subsection:
         1.    “School district” has the meaning given in s. 115.01 (3).
         2.    “Technical college district” means a district established under ch. 38.
      (b)    Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to a technical college district or school district officer or employee acting in that capacity, and the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a technical college district or school district officer or employee, without the consent of the person so injured, is guilty of a Class I felony.
   (6)   Battery to public transit vehicle operator, driver or passenger.
      (a)    In this subsection, “public transit vehicle” means any vehicle used for providing transportation service to the general public.
      (b)    Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to another under any of the following circumstances is guilty of a Class I felony:
         1.    The harm occurs while the victim is an operator, a driver or a passenger of, in or on a public transit vehicle.
         2.    The harm occurs after the offender forces or directs the victim to leave a public transit vehicle.
         3.    The harm occurs as the offender prevents, or attempts to prevent, the victim from gaining lawful access to a public transit vehicle.
   (7)   Battery to emergency medical care providers.
      (a)    In this subsection:
         1e.    “Ambulance” has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (1).
         1g.    “Emergency department” means a room or area in a hospital, as defined in s. 50.33 (2), that is primarily used to provide emergency care, diagnosis or radiological treatment.
         2.    “Emergency department worker” means any of the following:
            a.    An employee of a hospital who works in an emergency department.
            b.    A health care provider, whether or not employed by a hospital, who works in an emergency department.
         2g.    “Emergency medical technician” has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (5).
         2m.    “First responder” has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (9).
         3.    “Health care provider” means any person who is licensed, registered, permitted or certified by the department of health services or the department of safety and professional services to provide health care services in this state.
      (b)    Whoever intentionally causes bodily harm to an emergency department worker, an emergency medical technician, a first responder or an ambulance driver who is acting in an official capacity and who the person knows or has reason to know is an emergency department worker, an emergency medical technician, a first responder or an ambulance driver, by an act done without the consent of the person so injured, is guilty of a Class H felony.