Have you been charged with an Infraction offense in Wisconsin? If so, you will need a Wisconsin Infraction Defense Lawyer. Everson & Richards, LLP are Wisconsin Infraction Defense Attorneys serving the entire state of Wisconsin.

What are Infractions?

Also known as “petty offenses”, infractions are the least serious crimes in U.S. criminal law. Most infractions amount to a violation of a local ordinance, a municipal code, an administrative regulation or a traffic rule.

In fact, in many jurisdictions, infractions are considered civil offenses rather than criminal offenses, meaning that punishments are less severe.

Possible Consequences of an Infraction

  • 5 days or less in jail
  • Fines
  • An order to fix the offending situation

Infractions and Incarceration

Because most infractions are not considered criminal offenses, they generally don’t lead to jail time. Most infractions don’t even require a court trial to determine an offender’s guilt – for some infractions (like certain traffic offenses), the citation given to offenders holds the same authority as a conviction for more serious crimes.

Examples of Infractions (“Petty Offenses”)

  • Jaywalking
  • Littering
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Some traffic offenses