Milwaukee Criminal Defense 

Experienced Representation in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Ozaukee Counties & Statewide

A criminal charge is not a conviction. If you have been accused of a crime in Milwaukee, whether for drug possession, theft, or a gun offense, do not hesitate to take legal action in your defense as soon as possible. At Bayer Law Offices, we have been representing clients for over a decade. Our years of experience and deep familiarity with Wisconsin’s legal system will come in handy as we fight to protect your rights in the criminal justice system.

Schedule a free consultation online or at (414) 250-7997 to discuss your defense strategy today.

Drug Possession Laws

One important category of criminal law in Wisconsin is drug possession. Wisconsin’s Controlled Substances Act penalizes possession based on the type of drug. For instance, possession of cocaine, a hallucinogenic, or a stimulant like LSD could result in up to $5,000 in fines and up to 1 year in prison for a first offense and increased Class I felony penalties for a subsequent offense.

Similarly, marijuana is considered a Schedule I hallucinogenic, and possession is punishable by 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Possession of any amount for subsequent offenses is a Class I felony punishable by up to 3.5 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. The court may also order 100 hours of community service.

To learn more about the drug crime penalties in Wisconsin, visit our Drug Possession page and consult our team at 
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Misdemeanor & Felony Theft

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Theft is also a serious type of offense in Wisconsin. A crime of theft can be charged at the misdemeanor or felony level, depending on the value of the property allegedly stolen. Note that property refers to personal property and money as well as other things like utilities (electricity and gas), documents, and ownership rights.

Theft is charged as a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property or services allegedly stolen does not exceed $2,500, and the consequences upon violation could result in a maximum of $10,000 in fines and up to 9 months in prison.

Other theft offenses are classified as felonies, from Class I to Class F:

  • Class I (value of property or services allegedly stolen is $2,500-$5,000): up to $10,000 in fines and up to 3.5 years in prison
  • Class H (value of property allegedly stolen is $5,000-$10,000 or taken from an at-risk individual or due to looting): up to $10,000 in fines and up to 6 years in jail
  • Class G (value of the property allegedly stolen is $10,000-$100,000): up to $25,000 in fines and up to 10 years in jail
  • Class F (value of property allegedly stolen is more than $100,000): up to $25,000 in fines and up to 12.5 years in jail

To learn more about what constitutes a theft offense, visit our Theft page.

Gun-Related Offenses

Gun charges are also addressed under Wisconsin law. While open and concealed carry are permitted in the state, there are still certain rules surrounding how a person may legally carry. For one, concealed carry may only occur with a legal permit (CWL). A person also may not carry while intoxicated, including having such a firearm in a vehicle they are operating while intoxicated.

The penalties for gun offenses in Wisconsin are generally Class A misdemeanor penalties that carry up to 9 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. A convicted individual may also be asked to forfeit their firearm in certain cases.

Discuss Your Defense Strategy with Bayer Law Offices Today

If you have been accused of a crime in Milwaukee, get started on your defense with Bayer Law Offices. We can build a unique defense tailored to your particular situation, whether you are facing charges for misdemeanor theft or improper gun use. With over 12 years of legal experience and a passion for protecting his clients’ rights, Attorney John Bayer can help you navigate the Wisconsin criminal justice system.

Schedule a free consultation online or at to get started with Bayer Law Offices today.

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