A misdemeanor is a crime with a maximum punishment of one year in jail or less. In Wisconsin, a misdemeanor is classified as either a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C.
- Class A Misdemeanors carry a maximum possible penalty of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Some common Class A offenses are Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Retail Theft.
- Class B Misdemeanors carry a maximum possible penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. By far the most common Class B offense is Disorderly Conduct.
- Class C Misdemeanors are very rare because most Class C offenses are charged as ordinance (non-criminal) violations rather than criminal misdemeanors.
It is important to note that a defendant can be charged as a repeat offender if the defendant has been convicted of one felony or three misdemeanors in the past five years. Time spent in custody does not count towards this five-year look back period. If a defendant is charged as a repeater, the maximum possible penalty is two years of imprisonment.
Another important aspect of misdemeanor crimes is that they can be expunged off your record under certain circumstances. However, the judge must order expungement at the time of sentencing or else it will be almost impossible to get the conviction off of your record. Misdemeanor lawyer Christopher Glinski has experience with expungement of misdemeanor convictions.
Charged with a misdemeanor? You need a lawyer.
One of the most common mistakes people who are charged with a misdemeanor make is not hiring a lawyer because they think ir is not a big deal. A misdemeanor is a big deal because conviction for even an offense like disorderly conduct counts as a criminal conviction and may prevent you from obtaining employment in the future. In addition, any misdemeanor charge that is charged as a crime of domestic violence will result in a lifetime federal firearm bad for the person convicted of that offense.
An experienced criminal lawyer like Christopher Glinski can often get misdemeanor charges dismissed or reduced to non-criminal ordinance violations. Non-criminal ordinance violations are the equivalent of a speeding ticket and will almost certainly not prevent you from obtaining employment in the future or possessing a firearm.
Lawyer Christopher Glinski has helped many people avoid convictions. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor charge is not a big deal. Hiring an experienced misdemeanor lawyer like Christopher Glinski will be one of the best things you ever did.
Contact misdemeanor lawyer Christopher Glinski at (262) 632-1555 for a free consultation.