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Various Aspects About Mayhem

Aggravated mayhem

Inflicting physical injury

According to Penal Code § 203, mayhem is defined as an unlawful and malicious action that deprives an individual of a body part, or disfigures or disables it or renders it useless. Actions that can be described as mayhem include slitting the nose, ear or lip, cutting or disabling the tongue or putting out an eye. In short, it is inflicting any form of serious physical injury knowing that it will harm the person and with the intention to do it.


A person can be accused for aggravated mayhem when he/she causes some form of permanent disability or disfigurement or deprives him/her of a limb or an organ or any body part of a person intentionally with clear indifference to the physical as well as the psychological effects that it may have on that person.  Intent to kill does not have to be proved in this case. The punishment for this offense can be life imprisonment in the state prison with a possibility of parole.

Defenses for mayhem:

The defenses for mayhem are very similar to that of battery. Self defense or defending another are two excellent defenses for beating charges for mayhem. In such instances, the injuries inflicted on the attacker are justified and reasonable. For instance if a person is being held at gun point and that person for reasons of self defense, grabs a glass bottle and uses it to harm his/her attacker in order to escape, then the injuries inflicted in such a circumstance will not be considered as mayhem.

Accident is another less commonly seen defense. This inspects the mental state or intent while inflicting the injuries to check if the intent was malicious.

Punishments for mayhem:

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Punishments for mayhem

If convicted of mayhem, the minimum punishment awarded is two years in state prison and a maximum of up to eight years. In the case of aggravated mayhem, the punishment awarded may even be a life sentence. In criminal offenses such as these, it is common for certain enhancements of one to eight years to apply in sentencing. An additional three to six years in person may be given if there is ‘great bodily harm.’

These are some aspects of mayhem, the defense mechanisms against it and the punishments awarded for such criminal offenses. Get the opinion of an experienced attorney while fighting cases of such misdemeanor.

What Do You Mean By Mayhem?

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            Examples of mayhem

Are you wondering what is mayhem? What are the actions that can be described as mayhem? What are the punishments for such an offense? Then please read on. You might find this article an interesting read.

What is mayhem?

Any severe assault on an individual that leaves some kind of lasting physical impact or damage is known as mayhem. So the definition of mayhem included infliction of any form of physical injury in such a way that the body part is removed or has to be removed or is rendered useless.

When are the actions that come under mayhem?

Most States in the United States have included the definition of mayhem under crimes of assault and battery. But there a few states that still define mayhem as a separate offense in their criminal code. For example in the state of California, any person who ruthlessly deprives another individual of any body part or renders it useless or inflicts such a severe injury that it has to be removed, then he is guilty of mayhem. This may include cutting the tongue or an eye, or slitting a lip or the nose.

What is aggravated mayhem?

If the defendant commits the action with complete indifference to psychological as well as the physical well being of the injured person, then he is guilty of aggravated mayhem. The injury should be a permanent one and not temporary for the offender to be convicted.

What are the punishments given to individuals who are convicted of mayhem?

For a person to lose his limb, or nose, or an eye or any other part for that matter is completely life altering. For this very same reason, the punishment given to an individual who commits such a heinous crime should be one that will deter others from committing such crimes in the future. Depending on the nature and circumstance of the offensive action, a person in California convicted of

Aggravated mayhem

                 Punishments for mayhem

mayhem may receive a sentence two, four or even up to eight years in prison. Also, an individual convicted of aggravated mayhem which is considered on par with criminal offense or felony can be sentenced for a life term in prison with possibility of parole. On the other hand, an individual convicted of mayhem in the state of Massachusetts can be sentenced up to twenty years in prison.

For fighting cases of mayhem avail the services of an experienced lawyer. Charges of mayhem are considered very serious and so you will need such lawyers to fight for or against such charges.