The law is often confusing and understanding the charges against you can be difficult. There are felonies and misdemeanors, along with different categories of crimes. It is essential to understand the charges against you in Wisconsin, especially if you are charged with a violent crime because these crimes typically carry the most severe sentences.

According to the National Institute of Justice, violent crimes are those where a victim suffers physical harm or has a threat of physical harm against him or her. Under this umbrella fall many different types of crimes, from robbery to rape to murder.

The main idea behind the category of violent crimes is that they include serious harm. This is not always physical as in the case of homicide. It may be psychological, such as stalking, which often does escalate into violence but does not have to become violent to violate the law. It may also be a hint of something bad happening, such as a threat of terrorism.

The victim of a violent crime can be anyone. It could be a stranger or a family member, such as in the case of domestic violence. It could be someone old, such as the elderly, or someone young, such as child abuse. It can be something that has warning signs or happens unexpectedly.

One thing that can be said about such crimes is that courts and juries have the ability to assign the stiffest of sentences in these cases. Many violent crimes result in life in prison. This information is for education and is not legal advice.