Wisconsin Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

Misdemeanors in Wisconsin are punishable by terms of less than one year in county or local jail. Misdemeanors are classified as Class A, B, or C. More serious crimes (felonies) are punishable by terms in state prison

For more information on felonies in Wisconsin, see Wisconsin Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.

Class A Misdemeanor

Class A misdemeanors, the most serious misdemeanor crimes in Wisconsin, are punishable by up to 9 months in jail, a fine of up to $10,000, or both jail and a fine. (Wis. Stat. § 939.51.)

Theft of property worth less than $2,500 is a Class A misdemeanor. For more information on theft penalties, see Wisconsin Petty Theft & Other Theft Laws.

Class B Misdemeanor

Class B misdemeanors in Wisconsin are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Disorderly conduct is an example of a Class B misdemeanor. (Wis. Stat. § 939.51.)

Class C Misdemeanor

A Class C misdemeanor is the least serious type of crime in Wisconsin. Being convicted of a Class C misdemeanor can result in a sentence of up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, or both. (Wis. Stat. § 939.51.)

For example, a second conviction within 30 months for being a minor in possession of alcohol is a Class C misdemeanor in Wisconsin. For more information, see Wisconsin Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) Laws.

Statute of Limitations

Statutes of limitations are time limits, after which the state can no longer begin criminal prosecution. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed. Misdemeanors usually have statutes of limitations of a few years.

For more information, see Wisconsin Criminal Statute of Limitations.

The Value of Legal Assistance

Any criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can have a serious negative impact on your life. If you are charged with a crime, you should contact a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney can tell you what to expect in court and help you successfully navigate the criminal justice system.


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