Unlawful use of telephone is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin.  Contact Meyer Van Severen to plan your defense. (414) 270-0202

Unlawful use of a telephone is a crime in Wisconsin.  The crime is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000.00, or both.  Sometimes the offense is charged in connection with a domestic violence incident.  Other times it isn’t.  Because unlawful use of a telephone cannot, by definition, be domestic violence, it’s important to ensure that you’re not improperly convicted of this offense with a domestic violence enhancer attached.  Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew R. Meyer and criminal defense attorney Benjamin T. Van Severen defend against unlawful use of a telephone charges.  The defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. focus 100% of their resources on defending criminal and drunk driving clients.


What is unlawful use of telephone?

Three separate elements need to be shown to sustain a conviction for unlawful use of a telephone:

  1. The defendant made a telephone call to the victim;
  2. In making the telephone call to the victim, the defendant intended to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass the victim; and
  3. In the court of the telephone call, the defendant threatened to either inflict physical harm to the any person, or threatened to damage the property of any person.

With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass has a specific meaning.  It must be shown that the defendant had the mental purpose to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass the alleged victim, or must have been aware that his conduct was practically certain to cause that result.  Further, it’s not necessary that the defendant making the threat actually had the ability to carry out that threat.

Unlawful use of telephone is prohibited by section 947.012 of the Wisconsin Statutes.


 Why should I hire Meyer Van Severen, S.C. to defend my case?

It’s your life on the line.  Hire the best criminal defense attorney you can find.  Our top criminal defense attorneys have defended unlawful use of telephone cases before.  Our defense lawyers have dedicated their entire practice to defending criminal cases.  That 100% dedication to criminal defense has turned into results for our clients.

If you’d like to discuss your case further, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202.  We can discuss your case and set up a free initial consultation.