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     Attorney Tracey A. Wood , owner of Tracey Wood & Associates is an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Madison, Wisconsin.    She focuses her practice on defending the rights of individuals whether they are charged with drunken driving or more severe criminal charges including murder, sex crimes in Wisconsin, federal conspiracy or seeking an expungement of a previous conviction.
   She is known throughout the legal community as the foremost authority on Wisconsin OWI DUI laws and has been hailed for her defenses and successful trial and case record.
   Ms. Wood has been pioneering new frontiers for women in law since she entered practice in 1992. She is the first attorney from Wisconsin ever appointed as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and first Wisconsin attorney to be appointed to the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard Law School. She chairs the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Strike Force for the state's largest association for criminal defense lawyers and has previously served as the President of that organization. She has authored several articles on defense against drunk driving charges including Challenging Prior Under Influence Convictions, an article discussing U.S. v. Gant in the Wisconsin Law Journal, and she has contributed to the national DUI attorneys' bible by Taylor & Oberman, entitled "Drunk Driving Defense".
   She has also won many appeals in both the Wisconsin Appellate System (most recently City of Beloit v. Steven Herbst) and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (i.e. U.S. v. Andres Perez).

Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
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Felony classifications



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A felony is a criminal offense for which a convicted person can be sentenced to serve one or more years in a state or federal prison; fines can also be ordered in addition to the prison sentence or in its stead, Felony crimes are distinguished from misdemeanor crimes by the possible sentence provided in the statute: if the possible prison sentence is one or more years, the offense is a felony, otherwise it is a misdemeanor. A person can be sentenced to death for a felony conviction in states where the death penalty exists; Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.

Felony Classes

Wisconsin classifies its felony crimes (and misdemeanor crimes) according to the sentence allowable under the Statute. Felony classes include: Class A Felony, Class B Felony, Class C Felony, Class D Felony, Class E Felony, Class F Felony, Class G Felony, Class H Felony, or Class I Felony offenses.

The Wisconsin criminal code consists of all of the criminal laws of the state of Wisconsin, which are enumerated in the Wisconsin Statutes.

Sentencing Guidelines

Both Wisconsin circuit courts and U.S. federal courts have sentencing guidelines, which suggest the period of imprisonment and fine for each offense. Courts can refer to those guidelines as standards, but they are not required to use those guidelines to impose a sentence upon a convicted person. In fact, most Wisconsin courts impose stricter sentences than provided in the guidelines.

Wisconsin felony Penalties

CLASS A FELONY

For a Class A Felony, the penalty is imprisonment for life; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years if the person was previously convicted of one or more misdemeanors, and up to 6 years if the person was previously convicted for a felony. CLASS B FELONY

For a Class B Felony, the penalty is imprisonment up to 60 years; however, for a repeat offender the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS C FELONY

For a Class C Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $100,000, or imprisonment of up to 40 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS D FELONY

For a Class D Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $100,000, or imprisonment of up to 25 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Felony Drunk Driving (Fifth or subsequent offense) CLASS E FELONY

For a Class E Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment of up to 15 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS F FELONY

For a Class F Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 12-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS G FELONY

For a Class G Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS H FELONY

For a Class H Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 6 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

CLASS I FELONY

For a Class I Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 3-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

SEX CRIMES

If a person is convicted for a serious sex crime, the sentence will include additional penalties. See Sex Crimes.

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Felony - Civil Effects Beyond Criminal effects

A felony conviction affects the person's civil liberties - such as the right to vote or carry a firearm - and can affect the person's ability to obtain employment and licenses.

The Right To Vote

Does a convicted felon have a right to vote?

A person who has previously been convicted of a felony offense in Wisconsin or any other state in the United States of America is stripped of certain liberties, one of which is the right to vote. A convicted felon cannot vote until he or she has completed the entire sentence imposed for the felony conviction, so long as no other sentence is outstanding for other felony convictions, or their right to vote has not otherwise been prohibited.

The Right to Bear Arms

Does a convicted felon have a right to bear arms (carry a firearm)?

A convicted felon is forever prohibited from carrying a firearm. It is a felony offense for a convicted felon to possess a firearm under both Wisconsin state and Federal laws. (See Felon Possess Firearm). A convicted felon cannot hunt with a gun. A convicted felon also cannot group hunt because under Wisconsin hunting regulations every member of a group hunting party must have both a valid hunting license AND a rifle in his (or her) possession. Group hunting with a bow and arrow is prohibited under Wisconsin laws.

Jury Duty

Can a convicted felon serve on a jury?

A convicted felon cannot serve on a jury until such time that he or she has completed the sentence imposed for the felony conviction, so long as no other sentence (or sentences) is outstanding for other felony convictions or other factors do not exist to prevent jury duty. That is not to say that a convicted felon will serve jury duty. Potential jurors are randomly selected; many selection processes use a common database, such as the driver's license database; therefore, if the felony conviction resulted in revocation of that person's driver's license (see felony drunk driving), then even the potential random selection would exclude convicted felons whose driving privileges had been revoked.

Free but professional "first-impression" analysis

If you are under investigation or have been arrested for any crime, or if you have already been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction to be wrong or your sentence too harsh, please call (608) 350-1004 or email the Attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away. An Attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates will provide you with a brief but professional free "first-impression" analysis of your appeal based on the facts that you are able to convey. You can also submit your case online or email the attorneys.




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Please take notice that although the law firm of Tracey Wood & Associates website contains a large amount of accurate and useful legal information about drunk driving, OWI, DUI, Sex Crimes, Expungement and other serious crimes, it is not intended to be used as legal advice. Only an attorney can counsel you on your specific case. Please contact the attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates immediately should you find yourself charged with a Drunk Driving in Wisconsin, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating Under the Influence) or any other serious crime in Wisconsin at (608) 350-1004. Even if your researching drunk driving laws or sex crime laws in Wisconsin, Lawyer Tracey Wood can assist you.

Attorney Tracey A. Wood , 1 South Pinckney Street Suite 950 Madison Wisconsin. (608) 350-1004

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