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Sentencing & Penalties for a Class C Felony in Wisconsin

A Class C felony conviction may be the single most serious and harmful event in your life. That’s why you need the best criminal defense attorney you can get. Grieve Law has kept Wisconsin citizens free for decades with powerful, strategic defense counsel. Remember: you are only guilty if you are convicted.™

Class C Felony Defenses and Penalties in WisconsinWhat is a Class C Felony in Wisconsin?

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 40 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both. Class C felonies are among the most serious offenses in Wisconsin, punishable by the maximum possible fine. (Wis. Stat. § 939.50.)

A Class C felony can never be expunged from your criminal record, and you may have some civil rights restricted, such as voting, crossing national borders, and holding some types of employment.

Wisconsin has a well-organized system to classify feloniesmisdemeanors, and other violations. Learn more about Wisconsin criminal penalties and defenses and what your charges really mean.

You Are Only Guilty If You Are Convicted

Types of Class C Felony

Some of the Class C felony charges Grieve Law defends against:

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Grieve Law doesn't hold back when a client's freedom is on the line. Our top-notch attorneys fight over every shred of evidence and tailor defenses to defeat the prosecution’s strategies. Unlike Fee to Plea™ lawyers who talk you into surrendering your rights in plea deals, Grieve Law fights in and out of court to have your charges reduced or dropped, and we get results. If you’ve been accused of a Class C felony in Wisconsin, call Grieve Law today for a free consultation.

Defenses for a Class C Felony in Wisconsin

The most important thing to do when facing a felony charge is to know the system. This often means having an attorney who can coach you through your initial appearance and make sure you know all of your options. Any criminal trial is a nerve-wracking experience, but don't ever assume that whatever the prosecution offers you is your only way out.

Grieve Law always creates defenses to give you the best chance of winning at court. For Class C felonies, we’ll often begin by investigating if the prosecution has probable cause to charge you with a felony during the preliminary hearing. Without probable cause, they cannot advance your case to trial. Grieve will analyze police reports and court records to determine if your rights were violated during the arrest or pre-trial booking process. If a mistake was made before trial, a motion hearing can be called to dismiss the charges. These are tactics Grieve might use with other felony and misdemeanor violations, as well.

Charges of sexual assault carry penalties even more serious than other Class C felonies. Grieve Law knows prosecutors rarely give you breaks for sexual assault charges and will try to get the most serious charges to stick. Grieve Law has former prosecutors among our attorneys, so we know how they think and we have strategies to weaken their arguments. Just like any other case, sexual assault cases can be dropped based on mistaken identities, lack of incriminating evidence, and other gray areas. Grieve Law will find where the prosecution overlooked something in their eagerness to put you away.

For Possession with Intent drug charges, Grieve Law will often begin by examining the circumstances of your arrest. If your rights were violated during the stop or search or you were compelled to give a confession, the evidence the police discovered (that is, the drugs) is inadmissible in court. It is also possible Grieve Law will find evidence of entrapment. Grieve Law knows that proving the intent to distribute is critical to charging you with a felony, so we may work to reduce your charge to a simple possession charge to keep you out of state prison. Whatever the circumstances, you can count on Grieve Law to do everything possible to minimize the penalties you face.

Grieve Law: Your Best Defense

If you or a loved one has been accused of a felony, don’t wait to seek legal advice. Grieve Law offers the highest quality, most affordable legal representation in southeast Wisconsin. We have flexible payment plans so any Wisconsin citizen can get the legal counsel they need, and we offer free legal advice consultations to answer your questions and outline your options. If you've been charged with a criminal offense in the Milwaukee area, nobody has a better chance of getting your charges reduced or dropped than Tom Grieve. Remember: You are only guilty if you are convicted.™

By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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