Class A Felony in Wisconsin

If you’re facing a Class A felony charge, you are probably in a lot of fear right now.  You’re probably worried about your future and what will happen next.  At Tracey Wood & Associates, we give our clients hope by empowering them with knowledge and building a strong defense. No case is hopeless, and we never back down from a tough fight.

 How Are Felonies and Misdemeanors Different?

Wisconsin law differentiates felonies and misdemeanors by the length of the suggested sentence and by their associated fines. Any crime where the law suggests a sentence of one year or more is considered a felony. Any crime where the law suggests a sentence of less than one year is considered a misdemeanor.

What Are the Penalties for a Class A Felony?

A Class A felony is the most serious type of felony. The punishment includes potential life in prison.

What Are the Fines for a Class A Felony?

Wisconsin law does not give a limit for fines associated with Class A felonies.

Can I Appeal a Class A Felony Immediately?

Absolutely. To immediately appeal a Class A felony, we must file what’s called a “notice of intent to seek post-conviction relief” within 20 days of sentencing. After that, depending on the type of appeal, you could return to trial court to introduce new arguments as far as what the attorney or the court did wrong. Or, generally speaking, if it’s a constitutional issue, that goes directly to the Court of Appeals.

Can a Class A Felony Be Reduced to a Different Class?

Yes, and you have a few options to accomplish that. First, before ever going to trial court, we have an opportunity to negotiate a reduced sentence with the prosecution. The court then determines if they accept the reduced sentence. It’s also possible to be convicted at a jury trial in what is called the “lesser included offense,” which means that the jury thinks that there’s something usually with a lesser intent element.

What If I Have Prior Convictions and I’m Charged with a Class A Felony?

With prior convictions, being charged with a Class A felony will likely result in a more serious punishment.

What Rights Will I Lose if I’m Convicted of a Class A Felony?

Fortunately, Wisconsin law does not prohibit felons from voting once they’ve served their sentence and completed any probation, but you will not be able to vote while you are in prison or under supervision. As a convicted felon, however, you will not be able to possess a firearm even after you’ve served your sentence.

Can I Get Early Parole with a Class A Felony Conviction?

This depends on many circumstances connected to your case.

Will I Be Deported if I’m Convicted of a Class A Felony?

Deportation is a possibility, but it depends on a few different factors, including:

  • • The type of crime – Deportation is more likely for certain types of crimes, including drug charges, abuse charges, aggravated charges, or something called “crimes of moral turpitude,” meaning crimes that are against moral principles.
  • • The type of visa
  • • The length of time spent in the country
  • • Immigration status


Don’t Lose Hope

Class A felony charges are the most serious type of charge you can face, but charges are reduced or even dismissed every day. You have no reason to lose hope for your case.

At Tracey Wood & Associates, charges don’t equal convictions.

We fight for our clients with every strategy at our disposal. That starts with listening to your side of the story. We will investigate every possible angle to build an aggressive defense. Telling your story is important, fighting for your rights, even more so.

Start planning your defense today by reaching out to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.


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