Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 939.60

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01

A crime punishable by imprisonment in the Wisconsin state prisons is a felony. Every other crime is a misdemeanor.