What Are “Violent Crimes” in Wisconsin?

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than many other types of crime, they’re typically charged as felonies with penalties of at least one year in prison. Under Wisconsin law, these qualify as violent crimes:

  • Armed robbery, which involves taking property from a person or away from its owner by using (or threatening to use) a dangerous weapon or something that the victim believes is a dangerous weapon.
  • Arson, which involves intentional damage of a building with fire or explosives
  • Battery, which involves causing bodily harm to a person (assault is also considered a violent crime, but it does not involve hurting someone – only threatening to hurt someone)
  • Carjacking, which involves taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, particularly with the use of (or threat of use of) a dangerous weapon
  • Child abuse or neglect, which involves causing harm to a child or putting a child in a situation where harm is probable; neglect involves actions or failure to take action to contribute to the neglect of a child
  • Escape, which involves getting away from police custody or leaving jail or prison without authorization
  • False imprisonment, which involves holding someone against his or her will
  • Homicide, which involves taking another person’s life
  • Kidnapping, which involves taking someone against his or her will
  • Robbery, which involves taking property from a person or from the presence of its owner by using force or threatening to use force to do so
  • Stalking, which involves engaging in a course of conduct that scares or harms someone else

Do You Need to Talk to a Milwaukee Lawyer About Violent Crime Charges?

If you’ve been accused of committing a violent crime in Milwaukee or Waukesha, call us right away at 414-383-6700 or 262-650-6700. We may be able to help you, so call for your free consultation with a violent crime defense lawyer today.

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List of Violent Crimes in Wisconsin - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

In the state of Wisconsin, most violent crimes are felonies – and as such, they carry serious penalties that can result in prison time after a conviction.
So what crimes does Wisconsin consider “violent,” and what should you do if you’re accused of one?

List of “Violent Crimes” in Wisconsin

Because the state considers violent crimes more serious 
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