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gang member solicitation penalties & defenses in Wisconsin

Soliciting someone who is younger than 18 years of age to join a gang or take part in illegal gang activity is a felony that could be penalized with a Class I felony in Wisconsin: up to a $10,000 fine, up to 3.5 years in prison or both.

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Overview of Wisconsin Statute §941.38: Criminal Gang Member Solicitation And Contact

Under Wisconsin law, it is a Class I felony to intentionally solicit anyone under 18 years old to participate in criminal gang activity. The statute defines “criminal gang activity” as:

  • Manufacture, distribution or delivery of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog
  • First-degree intentional homicide
  • Second-degree intentional homicide
  • Battery
  • Battery, special circumstances
  • Battery or threat to witness
  • Mayhem
  • Sexual assault
  • False imprisonment in WI
  • Taking hostages
  • Kidnapping
  • Intimidation of witnesses
  • Intimidation of victims
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Criminal damage to or threat to criminally damage the property of a witness
  • Arson of buildings or damage by explosives
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Taking, driving or operating a vehicle, or removing a part or component of a vehicle, without the owner's consent
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault of a child
  • Repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child
  • A crime under s. 943.81, 943.82, 943.83, 943.85, 943.86, 943.87, 943.88, 943.89, or 943.90 or, if the victim is a financial institution, as defined in s. 943.80 (2), a crime under s. 943.84 (1) or (2).
  • Sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care

Under the statute, it is a Class A misdemeanor to violate a court order to refrain from contacting a criminal gang member if these 3 conditions are met:

  • The person who is subject to the court order is a criminal gang member.
  • The court informs the person of the contact restriction orally and in writing.
  • The order specifies how long the contact restriction stays in effect.


In Wisconsin, how long does a gang member solicitation charge stay on your record?

If you seek to enlist just 1 person in a gang, much less have a history of 1 or more previous recruits, being convicted of gang member solicitation in Wisconsin would be on your record for life, unless specific age requirements are met in a narrow set of expungement conditions.

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