Class B misdemeanor penalties in Wisconsin: What am I facing?
Class B misdemeanor charges are serious. Although they’re on the lower end of the charging spectrum, a criminal conviction carries with it serious, lifelong consequences. The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defend individuals charged with all offenses, whether they’re misdemeanors or high-end, life-in-prison felonies.
Section 939.51 of the Wisconsin Statutes describes Class B misdemeanor penalties. Charges that fall under this classification are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, fines of up to $1,000.00, or both. Although these penalties are certainly on the mitigated end, any criminal conviction will remain with you for the rest of your life.
Sometimes prosecutors will offer a deferred prosecution agreement when dealing with something like a lower level misdemeanor. The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defend criminal and drunk driving charges. In fact, it’s the only kind of representation we provide clients. We don’t handle cases that will not help individuals facing situations just like yours.
To speak with one of our defense attorneys, call Meyer Van Severen at (414) 270-0202. Importantly, we answer phones 24/7.
What kind of crimes are Class B misdemeanors?
Below is a list of various Class B misdemeanors in Wisconsin:
At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we regularly defend Class B misdemeanor cases. The reason for this is simple. Disorderly conduct, for example, is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Wisconsin. If law enforcement officers aren’t sure what a defendant should be arrested for, disorderly conduct is usually what they go with. It’s an easy response for them. And this, in turn, results in quite a few disorderly conduct charges.
In response to that, we believe you should hire a top criminal defense lawyer in Wisconsin. While the cops might simply be looking for the easy way out, an aggressive criminal defense attorney could pull you right out of trouble. For example, a disorderly conduct charge requires that your action tended to cause or provoke a disturbance. But was it your action? Or was it your spouse’s? Was is the action of someone else that caused the disturbance? While it’s certainly easy to give everyone a disorderly conduct charge, it’s not always as easy to prove it in court.
Additionally, we may file challenges to illegal police action in your case. While disorderly conduct cases generally aren’t very motion-heavy, perhaps your possession of alcohol charge was the result of an illegal police stop or search. Upon challenging that illegal police conduct, and winning, the remedy could be suppression of the evidence against you. Suppression of the evidence could result in your victory.
Finally, we go to court every day. Our criminal defense attorneys fight cases just like yours every single day. And we’re bringing that fight throughout the state. While you might think that defending a case on your own is a good idea, it’s not. We’re specialists.
What about probation?
A not-guilty verdict is the goal. A deferred prosecution agreement might be nice. But what if you’re convicted?
Frequently individuals without any kind of criminal record will receive an offer for some sort of probation upon conviction of a Class B misdemeanor. And while probation does require that you follow certain rules, for most people it’s better than going to jail.
Section 973.09 of the Wisconsin Statutes describes probation generally. For Class B misdemeanor charges, section 973.09(2)1r discusses the length, simply stating “… not more than one year.”
Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. regarding your criminal charges
The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. focus 100% of their practice on criminal and drunk driving charges. We defend individuals facing charges ranging between the most mitigated forfeitures, all the way to the most serious felonies. No matter the criminal or drunk driving issue you face, we can help.
Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 and let’s talk about your case.