Sentencing & Penalties for a Class C Felony in Wisconsin
A Class C felony conviction may be the most serious and harmful single event in your life. That’s why you need the strongest defense attorney arguing your side of the case. Grieve Law has kept Wisconsin citizens free for decades with powerful, strategic defense council. You are only guilty if you are convicted.™
What 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 worst 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.
Types of Class C Felony
Some of the types of Class C felony which Grieve Law can defend in court include:
- Arson of a building
- OWI Vehicular Homicide with a previous OWI conviction
- 2nd Degree Sexual Assault
- Possession of 50 grams or more of Amphetamines or Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) with the intent to sell it
- Possession of 40 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell it
- Causing death by administering, making, or selling Schedule I or II narcotic drugs
Grieve Law doesn't hold back when our client's freedom is on the line. Our top-notch attorneys fight over every shred of evidence and tailor our 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, you are only guilty if you are convicted.™ 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 you should never 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 accuse you of a felony during the preliminary hearing. Without probable cause, they cannot advance your case to trial. Grieve will analyze the police 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.
Accusations of sexual assault have penalties even more serious than other Class C felonies. Grieve Law knows that prosecutors rarely give you breaks for sexual assault charges and will try to get the most serious charges they can to stick. Grieve Law has former prosecutors among our attorneys, so we know how they think, and we also have smart and aggressive strategies to break their arguments. Sexual assault cases can be dropped based on mistaken identities, lack of incriminating evidence, and other gray areas just like any other case, and 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) are inadmissible in court. It is also possible Grieve Law will find evidence of entrapment. If these investigations don’t succeed, Grieve Law knows that proving the intent to distribute the drugs is critical to charging you with a felony. Your first charge of cocaine possession without intent is a misdemeanor, and so Grieve Law may work to reduce your charge and keep you out of state prison.
Grieve Law: Keeping Innocent Wisconsin Free
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 criminal law service in southeast Wisconsin. We offer flexible payment plans to make sure any Wisconsin citizen can get the legal counsel they deserve, and we offer free legal advice consultations to answer your questions and outline your options. If you need a defense attorney in the Milwaukee area, nobody has a better chance of getting your charges reduced or dropped than Tom Grieve. You are only guilty if you are convicted.™