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Sentencing & Penalties for a Class D Felony in Wisconsin

Class D felonies can result in the stiffest fines possible in Wisconsin, along with a hefty prison sentence. The mere threat of losing so much money and freedom might make a plea bargain seem attractive. Prosecutors know this and may charge you with a Class D felony to intimidate you into accepting less serious charges. Don’t get suckered; call a skilled attorney to review your case. You are only guilty if you are convicted.™

Class D Felony Wisconsin Penalties, Defenses, and TypesWhat is a Class D Felony in Wisconsin?

A Class D felony is punishable by up to 25 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both imprisonment and a fine. Class D felonies in Wisconsin include drug trafficking and vehicular homicide. (Wis. Stat. § 939.50.)

As with all felonies, a Class D also can never be expunged from your criminal record, and you may have some civil rights restricted, such as voting, crossing national boundaries, owning a firearm, and holding certain jobs.

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.

Types of Class D Felony

Some of the Class D felonies which Grieve Law has experience defending in court include:

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Grieve Law has fought for Wisconsin defendants for years. Unlike Fee to Plea™ lawyers who only want to help your prosecutors close a plea deal and walk away with their cut, Grieve Law fights to win. Our top-notch attorneys prepare powerful, strategic defenses that win cases. It’s no accident that we’re considered one of the best defense firms in the country. If you’ve been accused of a Class D felony in Wisconsin, you are only guilty if you are convicted.™ Call Grieve Law today for a free consultation.

Defenses for a Class D 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.

A Class D felony like selling large quantities of drugs or vehicular homicide while intoxicated might seem impossible to have dropped. They are not. Grieve Law is the most skilled Milwaukee law firm for defending against drunk driving and drug charges. We know how the prosecution thinks, and we know how to beat them.  Grieve Law will carefully investigate your arrest, how the police gathered evidence, any tests they took such as a breathalyzer, and any mistakes they made that undermines the prosecution's argument. Grieve Law knows how to pick through the details to pick apart any prosecutor’s argument. Even for Class D felonies, we can get your charges reduced or completely dropped.

Grieve Law always creates defenses to give you the best chance of winning at court. For Class D 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.

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.™