Wisconsin Criminal Penalties (Misdemeanor)

In Wisconsin, “A crime is conduct which is prohibited by state law and punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.  Conduct punishable by only a forfeiture is not a crime.”  Wis. Stat. § 939.12.

Crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies.  Misdemeanors have three classifications.

Class A Misdemeanor is punished by imprisonment of up to 9 months, a fine of up to $10,000.00, or both.
Class B Misdemeanor is punished by imprisonment of up to 90 days, a fine of up to $1,000.00, or both.
Class C Misdemeanor is punished by imprisonment of up to 30 days, a fine of up to $500.00, or both.

If an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor where no punishment is specified, that punishment can be imprisonment of up to 30 days, a fine of up to $500.00, or both.  If a punishment is specified, that punishment is the maximum.