Wisconsin Felony Crimes
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There are two types of crimes in Wisconsin – misdemeanors and felonies. The latter encompasses the most serious charges anyone can face. Six-figure fines and decades in prison are possible. If you are accused of a felony crime, you need skilled legal defense as soon as possible.
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Wisconsin statutes organize felony crimes into nine classes. Class A is the most serious with severe penalties.
Class A Felony Crimes
This class is the most serious. If convicted, you will spend the rest of your life behind bars. Class A felonies include first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 years old (if great bodily harm is caused to the child) and treason.
Class B Felony Crimes
While less serious than Class A, Class B felonies are still very consequential and can land someone in jail for six decades. Crimes that are categorized as Class B include repeated neglect of a child that results in their death, first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 years old, kidnapping with ransom, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree reckless homicide.
Class C Felony Crimes
Crimes under Class C include second-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, stealing a vehicle using a deadly weapon, and robbery with use of a deadly weapon.
Class D Felony Crimes
Crimes under Class D include first-degree reckless injury, human trafficking, and child enticement.
Class E through Class I Crimes
These crimes have less extreme potential sentences but are still very serious. These crimes include providing alcohol to an underage person, forging a lottery ticket, attempting to disarm a peace officer, assisting in another’s suicide, negligent vehicular homicide, false imprisonment, and stalking.
Repeat offenders are subject to sentence enhancements. Other special sentencing enhancements apply to hate crimes, crimes involving weapons, crimes against an elderly person, and violent crimes in a school zone.
Wisconsin’s three strikes law can result in life sentences without parole.
Felony Convictions Are Served in a Wisconsin State Prison
Misdemeanor sentences are served in a county or local jail. Terms are typically 1 year or less. Felony sentences, on the other hand, are served in a state prison. The prison terms can be anywhere between 1 year and life, depending on the crime.
Sentences are based on several factors, including the defendant's past criminal record, the circumstances of the current offense, and the impact on the victim.
Felony Charges in Wisconsin Demand Targeted Legal Defense
Consequences go beyond the considerable prison sentences and fines associated with felonies. With a felony record, you will have difficulty finding work, housing, and educational opportunities. Relationships suffer. Your reputation is stained.
At West & Dunn, we understand that the judicial and ancillary repercussions are life-altering. Each client can be assured that we take their freedom and liberty very seriously. Our priority is doing everything possible to diminish, minimize, or dissolve your criminal liability.
If you face a felony charge or believe you are under investigation, contact us immediately. There is no time to spare in creating a strong case.
The classes and their potential sentences are as follows:
- Class A: Life imprisonment
- Class B: Imprisonment not to exceed 60 years
- Class C: A fine not to exceed $100,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 40 years or both
- Class D: A fine not to exceed $100,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 25 years or both
- Class E: A fine not to exceed $50,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 15 years or both
- Class F: A fine not to exceed $25,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 years and 6 months or both
- Class G: A fine not to exceed $25,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or both
- Class H: A fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 6 years or both
- Class I: A fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 3 years and 6 months or both
Prison sentences have two components. The time listed above includes time physically in prison as well as parole.
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