Being charged with a misdemeanor may not seem like a serious offense. In the eyes of the law, that is correct — a misdemeanor charge will typically not carry the same weight of severity as a felony charge. However, that does not mean that a misdemeanor charge should be considered a nonconsequential offense.
In Wisconsin, misdemeanor charges are broken down into four classifications.
An unclassified misdemeanor is a charge designated for crimes that can have different penalties. This can include traffic violations (which can range depending on the severity of the offense) or failure to appear in court (which can vary depending on the charge the individual was facing in court).
Class C Misdemeanor
This misdemeanor can include a fine of up to $500, incarceration for up to 30 days, or both. Examples of Class C misdemeanors in Wisconsin include:
- Giving alcohol to a minor;
- A minor having possession of alcohol (as a second offense);
- Drinking on public transportation; and,
- Drawing graffiti in a public place.
Class B Misdemeanor
Those charged with a Class B misdemeanor can face a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 90 days. Examples of this type of misdemeanor offenses include:
- Disorderly conduct;
- Illegal gambling or owning illegal gambling devices;
- Trespassing at a medical facility or hospital; and,
- Giving alcohol to a minor (as the second offense in 30 months).
Class A Misdemeanor
This is the most severe misdemeanor charge an individual can face in Wisconsin. Penalties for this offense include up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Crimes that are considered a Class A misdemeanor include:
- Vandalism of property up to $2,500;
- Theft of property up to $2,500;
- Hit and run that involves a person being injured;
- Indecent exposure;
- Hazing; and,
- Mistreatment of animals.
Fighting Misdemeanor Charges in Wisconsin
A misdemeanor charge is not something you want on your permanent record. That’s why the team at The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz wants to help you fight this type of charge. See what our Milwaukee misdemeanor attorney can do for you by reaching out today — (414) 375-0797.