According to Wisconsin law, a felony is a crime whose punishment could potentially result in a jail term of one year or longer. Crimes that fall within this category are assigned sentences within the Wisconsin State Prison System rather than in county jail.
Within the broad category of felonies, crimes are further divided into a series of nine classes delineated by alphabetical titles, A through I.
Class D felonies are moderately severe charges, involving penalties such as prison time and heavy fines.
Read More: Wisconsin Felony Classes: A Quick Guide
What is a Class D Felony in Wisconsin?
Class D felonies are punishable by up to 25 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both. (Wis. Stat. § 939.50.)
As with other Felonies, a prior record of felonies or misdemeanors can increase your prison sentence.
Being convicted of a felony in Wisconsin can result in the loss of civil liberties such as:
- The right to vote
- The right to own or carry a gun
- The right to serve a state office
It can also make it harder for you to find a place to live after you serve your sentence in prison.
Examples of Class D Felonies Stangl Law Can Defend in Court
- Hit and Run Involving Fatality
- OWI Vehicular Homicide or 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide
- Possession of Amphetamines or Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) with the intent to sell (10-50 grams)
- Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Sell (15-40 grams)
Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the specific charges you face.
What to Do if You’ve Been Charged with a Class D Felony in Wisconsin
If you or a loved one has been charged with any crime that may potentially be considered a Class D felony, do not wait to seek legal advice. Contact us and schedule a consultation right now.
At Stangl Law Offices, Patrick J. Stangl listens carefully to your side of the incident, and works with you to build a defense that could potentially result in either an acquittal, a reduction to a lesser charge, or in some cases the dropping of charges. No matter what your situation, being accused of a crime is unsettling, contact us for a free 15-minute consultation.
Two Felony Success Stories from Stangl Law, S.C.
The client was charged in a methamphetamine conspiracy with seven different felonies as well as additional misdemeanor charges. As a result of his investigation of the charges, Attorney Stangl was able to demonstrate that the defendant was essentially in the wrong place at the wrong time and on the periphery of any conspiracy. The majority of the co-defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines and other drug felonies. He filed a Motion to Dismiss a number of felony charges and was able to come to an agreement with the prosecutor that a number of charges would be dismissed. Ultimately the case successfully settled with a diversion agreement on a non-drug felony and as long as the client complies with the conditions of the deferred agreement will not end up with any felony convictions.
State of Wisconsin v. N.M.
Attorney Stangl recently represented a client who was involved in a head on collision where both drivers received serious injuries. Some of the other driver’s injuries are unfortunately permanent. The client was charged with causing great bodily harm by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and causing great bodily harm by the use of a motor vehicle while operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, serious felony charges. Luckily, neither of the drivers were killed. Attorney Stangl’s client registered an alcohol concentration of .15 and faced the likelihood of being sent to prison. Attorney Stangl put together an excellent defense which included a well regarded accident reconstructionist and the case was successfully settled shortly before jury trial. Remarkably, the most serious felony charges which each carried penalties of 12 years in prison and a twenty five thousand and 00/100 dollars ($25,000.00) fine were dismissed. His client was convicted of only misdemeanor offenses.
Free 15 Minute Consultation
If you are charged with any crime that may potentially be considered a Class D felony, having a good defense attorney on your side is invaluable. At Stangl Law Offices, our attorney, Patrick J. Stangl listens carefully to your side of the incident, and works with you to build a defense that could potentially result in either an acquittal, a reduction to a lesser charge, or in some cases the dropping of charges. No matter what your situation, being accused of a crime is unsettling, contact us for a free 15 minute consultation.