Question: What is a forfeiture under Wisconsin law?

Answer: So, a forfeiture under Wisconsin law is not a crime—it is a, and a lot of time they are just a lower level of a crime. So you can say, a battery, or a disorderly conduct—that in Wisconsin is generally a misdemeanor crime. However, we also have provisions in Wisconsin where if your behavior was problematic but maybe didn’t rise to the level of actual criminal conduct, there’s a non-criminal disorderly conduct, which is a lower level. The only possible penalty is monetary, so there’s no potential of any jail time, no potential of any probation, you can have some money that you would have to pay into the court. But it’s, basically we often refer to them as ordinance violations, and they are just a very low-level, non-criminal type of behavior.

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