What is the law on Battery in Prairie Village Municipal Court?

The Prairie Village Municipal Court hears cases involving alleged violations of the Prairie Village Municipal Code. The Prairie Village Municipal Code is a collection of the city's ordinances. City Ordinances govern all aspects of the city's interaction with people within the city limits. This includes like building codes and permits, property maintenance, as well as behaviors the city wishes to criminalize. Because the city code governs so many different aspects of our lives it is very lengthy. The city council has the ability to author and pass these city ordinances into law. In an effort to save time, money and resources the city council has a practice of adopting well established prewritten codes. Examples of these pre written codes are the Uniform Traffic Code, the Uniform Building Code and the Uniform Code for Kansas Municipalities. The Uniform Code for Kansas Municipalities is the general code that criminalizes unwanted behaviors in the city of Prairie Village. This is the Uniform Code prohibiting Battery that has been adopted as the law on Battery in Prairie Village Municipal Court.

Sec. 3.1. Battery.

(a) Battery is:

  1. Knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person; or

  2. Knowingly causing physical contact with another person when done in a rude, insulting or angry manner.

(b) Battery is a Class B violation. (K.S.A. 21-5413)

Possible Punishment

*Class B Violations are punishable by up to 180 days in the Johnson County Jail, however, most Class B Violations are eligible for probation

I've been Charged with Battery in Prairie Village Municipal Court, not what do I do?

First off, you're already doing the right thing, researching the law. If you've been charged with violating the law, reading the law is a good place to start. The law on Battery is pretty simple, however, it doesn't really answer many questions that you might have. There are no, "If I did this... did I break the law?" fact scenarios laid out in the Battery law. After you read the law on Battery, it makes sense to do a deeper dive into the commonly asked questions associated with Battery in Kansas. Reading the commonly asked questions will help answer more fact based questions about your case. Lastly, after you have read the law, read the commonly asked Battery questions it's time to meet with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Use your time with your lawyer to not only ask legal questions but probably more importantly to ask questions concerning the Prairie Village Municipal Court. Knowing the court process, the the people and personalities making decisions on your case and how they generally treat cases like yours is often just as important as knowing the law.