Per (Wis. Stat. § 939.50.) a Class G felony is a serious offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. In Wisconsin class G felonies include 3rd-degree sexual assault, 5th offense OWI, and theft of property worth more than $10,000.
Class G Felony in Wisconsin Sentencing & Penalties
Because many Class G felonies such as negligent homicide or the sale of cocaine can tarnish a reputation no matter the verdict, a charge alone is bad enough. A conviction is worse. If you’ve been accused of a Class G felony in Wisconsin, don’t trust some general practice lawyer. Trust the strongest, most aggressive, most tenacious lawyers in the state. Trust Grieve Law. You are only guilty if you are convicted.™
A Class G felony is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $25,000, or both. Class G felonies in Wisconsin include stigmatized offenses like sexual assault and repeated OUIs. (Wis. Stat. § 939.50.)
As with all felony convictions, a Class G felony can never be expunged from your criminal record and may lead to you being prevented from owning a gun, traveling outside the country, or voting.
Wisconsin has a well-organized system to classify felonies, misdemeanors, and other violations. Learn more about Wisconsin's criminal penalties and defenses and what your charges really mean.
Types of Class G Felony
There are numerous types of Class G felonies for which Grieve Law has prepared defenses, including:
- Strangulation (2nd offense)
- 5th OUI
- 3rd degree sexual assault Wisconsin penalty
- Homicide by negligence with firearms or motor vehicles
- Theft of property worth more than 10,000
- Possession of a firearm with a previous felony conviction
- Endangering Safety with a Dangerous Weapon
- 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment
- Possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine with the intent to sell it
- Possession of 1 to 2.5 kg. of marijuana with intent to sell it
Grieve Law has fought the serious charges of Class G felonies and won in court. We’re experienced defense lawyers who use every shred of evidence to contest prosecutor’s accusations. Unlike Fee to Plea™ lawyers who talk you into surrendering your rights in plea deals, Tom Grieve prepares powerful, strategic defenses that win cases. If you’ve been accused of a Class G felony in Wisconsin, you are only guilty if you are convicted.™ Call Grieve Law today for a free consultation.
Defenses for a Class G Felony in Wisconsin
Class G felony charges can give anyone reason to panic. Some involve prior felony convictions that might seem like a guaranteed guilty verdict. What jury would exonerate a 5th OUI or felony firearm possession charge? The most important thing to know when facing such charges is that they can be dropped. With a strategic plan for your defense, even crimes like homicide can be dismissed before reaching trial. Grieve Law has the experience and ability to protect your freedom.
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 G 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 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 uses with other felony and misdemeanor violations as well.
For gun possession charges, Grieve Law will look at the nuanced interaction between the 2nd Amendment and Wisconsin gun laws. Tom Grieve himself is a lifetime NRA member and an avid gun owner and instructor with an intricate knowledge of gun statutes. No other law firm in Milwaukee has the knowledge to defend your constitutional rights like Grieve Law.
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 examples 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 possession of cocaine in Wisconsin without intent is a misdemeanor, and so Grieve Law may work to reduce your charge to 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 afford legal counsel, 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.™
How long does a Class G felony charge stay on your record in Wisconsin?
A Class G felony charge stays on your record for life in Wisconsin. If the maximum punishment for your crime was over 6 years, you cannot even apply to seal your record.
How to Reduce Penalties for a Class G Felony Charge
A Class G felony is a serious charge but penalties can be reduced with a strategic and aggressive defense. You need to get help from an experienced criminal defense attorney to know which path to take.
You will need a strong defense if you want to avoid a permanent criminal record. Tom Grieve is one of the most well-respected attornies in Wisconsin due to his ability to successfully defend his clients.
Tom Grieve’s experience and strategy will help you fight the charge. Newsweek named Tom Grieve one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the country. Tom will defend you to the best of his ability and do what he can to get the charge reduced or dropped.