Most people are aware that in Wisconsin, like with every other state in the Union, there are felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses, and that felonies are more serious than misdemeanors. However, many people are not aware that the distinctions go beyond that. For instance, not all felony offenses are treated the same way in the state of Wisconsin. In fact, according to the State of Wisconsin, there are 9 different types of felonies, categorized from A to I.
Felonies in Wisconsin are categorized according to their letter designation in order of severity. That is, the most serious type of felony in Wisconsin is a class A felony, and these are punished by life in prison as a minimum sentence. The least serious type of felony in Wisconsin is a Class I felony, which can be punished by up to three months and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
As you probably imagine, the class A felonies are the most serious crimes. These include first-degree homicide, as well as 1st degree sexual assault with a person under the age of 13. Class B felonies are similar, but are only punishable by up to 60 years in prison. Class B felonies involve 2nd degree homicide, 1st degree reckless homicide, and 1st degree sexual assault with a person over the age of 13. The Class I felony can involve second possession of THC, possession of child pronography, or arson of any property other than a building.
Understanding the severity of the felony charge against you will help you understand what the potential penalties are for being convicted of the crime in question.