A misdemeanor is a criminal charge. Misdemeanor offenses are a lessor offense than a felony, but they are not without penalties, some of which can have very devastating effects on a person's life including the inability to obtain certain jobs, qualify for bonding, or receive governmental aid such as school loans. Under Wisconsin law, a misdemeanor is classified according to its severity. Each misdemeanor classification provides recommendations for jail sentences and forfeitures (fines). A person convicted of a misdemeanor can be incarcerated into a county or local jail, ordered to pay a fine, or both. If a person is a repeat offender, the punishment is more severe. Additional penalties may also apply.
Wisconsin’s misdemeanor classifications include: Class A misdemeanor, Class B misdemeanor, and Class C misdemeanor.
The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor may include a fine up to $10,000, or imprisonment for up to 9 months, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years.
The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor may include a fine up to $1,000, or imprisonment for up to 90 days, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment increase up to 2 years.
The penalty for a Class C misdemeanor may include a fine up to $500, or imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment increase up to 2 years.
Both felonies and misdemeanors are criminal charges, but with one major distinction: imprisonment. A person convicted of a felony will be imprisoned in a state (or federal) prison. Conversely, a person convicted of a misdemeanor is almost always imprisoned in a local or county jail.
Typically, a misdemeanor penalty will include a recommendation for jail time in a county or local jail not to exceed the period of one year. However, a person convicted of a misdemeanor can be sentenced to jail for a period of more than one year. Additionally, a court can and often will impose a jail sentence and provide for an additional period of time of probation.
In addition to the above penalties, a court can order a person to serve a term of probation for up to two years, or order an entire list of “conditions” or rules that one must abide while on probation. 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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