Misdemeanor Charges?

 If you are accused of a crime or the police are investigating you, don’t go at it  alone! Call (414) 287-0088 now.  Every second counts.

A “misdemeanor” is a criminal offense that is considered “less serious” than a “felony.” Although “less serious” than felonies, misdemeanors are criminal offenses and should be handled with utmost seriousness.  A misdemeanor conviction attaches to you just like a ball and chain and has consequences impacting employment, financial aid for college, housing, Federal benefits, and immigration, to name a few. In Wisconsin, there are various misdemeanor offenses with which you may be charged.  Also, there are three classes of misdemeanors:  Class A, Class B, and Class C.

For Class A misdemeanors, the penalties may include a fine up to $10,000 and/or incarceration up to 9 months.  Battery is one type of Class A misdemeanor.

For Class B misdemeanors, the penalties may include a fine up to $1,000and/or incarceration up to 90 days.  Disorderly Conduct is one type of Class B misdemeanor.

For Class C misdemeanors, the penalties may include a fine up to $500 and/or incarceration up to 30 days.  Compulsory School Attendance is one type of Class C misdemeanor.

However, if a person is a “repeat offender,” the incarceration portion of the penalties may be increased by up to 2 years.

Besides being considered “less serious” than a felony, in general, incarceration for a misdemeanor offense is served in a local or county jail whereas incarceration for a felony offense is served in a state prison.  Likewise, the penalties for a felony offense are much more punitive (severe).

Although a misdemeanor is considered “less serious” than a felony, your freedom is still at stake as well as your good name and reputation.  A misdemeanor conviction may negatively impact your current or future employment.  It may also stifle your ability to obtain financial aid for school.  In other words, a misdemeanor is something you should take seriously.  Take your first step, call (414) 287-0088.

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