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What is Mayhem?

Many states have criminal laws against mayhem as part of any crimes against a person.  Some states refer to mayhem as assault with intent to maim, maiming, malicious disfigurement, or as a form of aggravated battery.  In order to be guilty of committing mayhem, you must unlawfully and maliciously:

  1. Deprive another human being of,
  2. Disfigure another human being's, or
  3. Render useless another human being's
  4. Arm, hand, finger, leg, foot, toe, tongue, eye, nose, ear, or lips.

Even though most state statutes call for the act to be malicious, mayhem is still a general intent crime, as opposed to a specific intent crime.

What Are the Consequences for Mayhem?

If you are found guilty of mayhem, you have generally committed a felony and you can face criminal punishment that can include:

  • Jail time, ranging from 2 to 20 years,
  • Fines, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, or
  • A combination of both.

Do I Need an Attorney if I am Charged with Mayhem?

If you are charged with mayhem, it is highly recommended for you to contact a criminal defense attorney because of the severity of the crime.  Only a criminal defense lawyer can properly explain the issues to you and assist in your defense.

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, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 10-19-2016 01:30 PM PDT

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