Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Mayhem is a criminal offense involving the intentional or reckless infliction of serious bodily harm to another person.

In most jurisdictions, mayhem is classified as a felony offense and is punishable by a term of imprisonment.

The specific definition of mayhem varies depending on the jurisdiction. Still, it typically involves the deliberate or reckless infliction of injuries that result in the permanent disfigurement or loss of a body part, such as a limb, an eye, or an ear. Mayhem may also include the act of disabling or disfiguring a person’s speech, hearing, or other essential bodily functions.

Mayhem is often considered to be a more serious offense than simple assault or battery because it involves a greater degree of harm to the victim. In some cases, mayhem may be charged in conjunction with other offenses, such as aggravated assault or attempted murder, depending on the circumstances of the crime.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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