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?
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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