Classes of Misdemeanor Offenses in Wisconsin
Definitions of Classes of Misdemeanor Offenses in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, like in most states, crimes get classified broadly as felonies or misdemeanors. In many cases, the same crime can fall into either category. Further, some crimes might begin as misdemeanors, but become felonies after multiple offenses. While they carry lesser offenses than felonies, misdemeanors still create a serious impact on your life, both in terms of the penalty and the impact a conviction on your record can carry long after your jail time or fine.
Class A Misdemeanor
A Class A misdemeanor is the most serious classification. It carries with it a jail sentence of up to 9 months, and a fine that can reach $10,000. An example in Wisconsin is simple battery, which causes bodily harm to your victim, but not “substantial” bodily harm. The difference in degree makes it “only” a misdemeanor, but still carries significant fines and jail time.
Class B Misdemeanor
A Class B misdemeanor brings a fine of up to $1,000, and jail time of up to 90 days. An example is disorderly conduct, which comes with loud or indecent acts that disturb or disrupt people in the area. While far lighter than a Class A misdemeanor, the prospect of three months in jail can significantly affect your job and your family life.
Class C and Unclassified Misdemeanor
A Class C misdemeanor, or any unclassified misdemeanor, brings jail time of up to 30 days and a fine of up to $500. An arrest for drug paraphernalia is one example.
Effective Criminal Defense for Misdemeanors
Any arrest can carry a heavy impact on you. The police record can cut into your ability to get or keep your job, and can carry a toll on your life at home and with your friends. It follows you long after you have finished paying your fine or left jail. At Eisenberg Law Offices, we do not take any criminal representation lightly. We can help you negotiate a sentence or defend your innocence. Contact us online or at (608)256-8356 to learn more.
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