When you are arrested and charged with a crime, it can be one of the most frightening times in your life, and you’re not wrong to put such great weight on the outcome of events. Even the lowest level misdemeanor in Wisconsin is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Your best chance at avoiding a criminal conviction is always to involve your attorney in the process as early as possible to ensure that your rights are upheld and you get your fairest shot under the law.
Misdemeanor and Felony Penalties in Wisconsin
Misdemeanors come in three classes in Wisconsin: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Class C misdemeanors, which are the least serious, and include vagrancy, are those that can cost you 30 days in jail and fines up to $500. Class B misdemeanors, which include disorderly conduct, are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines, and Class A misdemeanors, which include prostitution, are punishable by up to nine months in jail and/or fines of up to $10,000.
Felonies in Wisconsin are any crimes that can earn you time in state prison, and are also divided up by class. Class I felonies, which include theft of property over $5,000, but below $10,000, are the least serious, but even these lowest level felonies carry prison sentences of up to three and a half years and fines of up to $10,000. Penalties only get steeper from there, culminating in Class A felonies, such as murder, which can result in a lifetime prison sentence.
Criminal Defense Attorney in Waukesha County
Though some criminal offenses are less or more serious than others, every criminal conviction ends up on your record, and even misdemeanors can cost you jobs, acceptance into professional organizations, and financial pains. Eric Raskopf represents clients who have been charged with crimes in Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge, and Milwaukee Counties. If you’ve been arrested, Eric will listen to your side of the story, get to the heart of what happened that led to your arrest, and mount the best possible defense on your behalf.
Being arrested may be a frightening experience, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Let Eric put his experience in the area of criminal law to work for you, so you can keep a criminal charge from turning into a criminal conviction.