If a person attacks another person, causing permanent disability or disfigurement, then that act is termed as aggravated mayhem. When the act is carried out by the person, it is deemed to have been done with the intent of causing bodily harm to the victim. In some cases, this may also include reckless or extreme disregard for the physical or psychological well-being of the victim. The defendant will have to face these types of charges, if he/she was involved in holding the victim down while injuring him, or taunting the victim after causing bodily injuries. If the victim was to die following the acts of violence from the part of the defendant, the defendant may have to face felony murder charges, even if they harbored no clear intent to kill the victim.
Different aspects of mayhem laws
The act of mayhem mainly corresponds to a person intentionally disabling a body part of the victim, which is capable of defending the victim against any such violence. Consider a person unlawfully and violently cutting or disabling a person’s hand or finger, striking out the person’s eye or foretooth, or disabling any other body parts that result in taking away that person’s courage; these are all acts that are legally classified under mayhem. However, cutting off a nose or ear are not considered as mayhem, under most legal systems.
If the case under consideration has to be treated as aggravated mayhem, then it has to involve the disfigurement or loss of a limb, organ or some part of the body. In California, those found guilty of this offence are liable to face life imprisonment in the State Prison, with a possibility of parole.
Prosecuting for murder
If the charge filed for is mayhem, the victim does not need to prove that the defendant intended to kill him. There are some cases where mayhem results in the death of the victim, and in these cases, the defendant can be prosecuted for first degree murder. If proven guilty of these charges, he/she will have to face either of the following punishments: death penalty, life imprisonment without parole or up to 25 years in prison.
Mayhem is a charge that can either result in heavy punishment for the defendant including a few years in the prison with a chance for parole.Google+