A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in jail. Wisconsin law classifies felonies based on the maximum possible punishment. The list below displays the different types of felonies in Wisconsin, gives examples of crimes that fall into each category, and states the maximum possible penalties for each type of felony.
Despite these maximum possible penalties, a judge has the discretion to place a person convicted of a felony on probation, in jail for one year or less, or in prison for the maximum amount of time.
A felony conviction on your record will likely have a devastating effect on your life. It will likely make it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain gainful employment and will make it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain student loans for college. Also, you will never be able to possess a firearm for the rest of your life.
Possible Felony Expungement
Thankfully, Class H and I felonies may be eligible for expungement in certain circumstances. Expungement means the conviction will be removed from your criminal record once you complete your sentence. Usually that means that if you complete your probation without getting revoked your felony conviction will be expunged.
However, the sentencing judge must order expungement at the time of sentencing. If the judge does not do this it will be next to impossible to get your conviction expunged.
An Experienced Felony Lawyer Makes a Difference
Felony lawyer Christopher Glinski has handled dozens of felony cases and can tell you whether you will be able to get your felony conviction expunged. Don’t make the mistake of having an inexperienced felony lawyer handle your case. Doing so may result in you losing the opportunity to have your conviction expunged or your felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor charge. Felony lawyer Christopher Glinski has in the past been able to convince prosecutors to amend felony charges so that those convictions would be eligible for expungement.
Contact criminal lawyer Christopher Glinski at (262) 632-1555 for a free criminal defense consultation. It’s your life. Don’t risk it. Hire an experienced lawyer like Christopher Glinski.
Felonies with Examples and Maximum Penalties
- Class I: 3.5 years imprisonment. Examples: 2nd offense possession of marijuana, Substantial Battery, Theft.
- Class H: 6 years imprisonment. Examples: felony bail jumping, strangulation and suffocation.
- Class G: 10 years imprisonment. Examples: felon in possession of a firearm, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety.
- Class F: 12.5 years imprisonment. Examples: burglary, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety.
- Class E: 15 years imprisonment. Examples: burglary while armed, drug possession (possession of 15-40 grams with intent to deliver it)
- Class D: 25 years imprisonment. Example: vehicular homicide.
- Class C: 40 years imprisonment. Examples: armed robbery, 2nd degree sexual assault with use of force.
- Class B: 60 years imprisonment. Examples: reckless homicide, 1st degree sexual assault of a child.
- Class A: life imprisonment. Example: 1st degree intentional homicide.