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A forfeiture is an order of the court mandating the surrender of property to the court. In most instances, a forfeiture mandates the surrender of money to the court (also called a fine), but the court may order the surrender of personal property such as an automobile or real property, being land or a building. For example, if you are convicted of drunk driving, Wisconsin law allows a court to order a vehicle to be seized for forfeiture whnever its owner is convicted of a third or subsequent drunk driving violation.


Forfeitures are classified as follows: Class A, B, C, D, or E.

Criminal Forfeiture Penalties

Class A Forfeiture
A Class A forfeiture may result in a fine up to $10,000.

Class B Forfeiture
A Class B forfeiture may result in a fine up to $1,000.

Class C Forfeiture
A Class C forfeiture may result in a fine up to $500.

Class D Forfeiture
A Class D forfeiture may result in a fine up to $200.

Class E Forfeiture
A Class E forfeiture may result in a fine up to $25.

Forfeiture Imprisonment
Forfeitures do not require any jail time.

Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., A Criminal Defense Law Firm

Attorney Christopher Van Wagner & Attorney Tracey Wood are criminal defense lawyers. Van Wagner & Wood is a criminal defense law firm located in Madison, Wisconsin. The attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood offer a free initial first impression analysis of your case so that you can prepare to defend yourself against state charges. If you are facing charges, please call ( in the Madison area, or statewide) the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood for a brief but professional free first-impression analysis of your case. You can also send your case information online, or email the attorneys.