Arrest Warrant and Commitment (AWC)
A writ by the Court ordering that a defendant be arrested and detained until a fine is paid or discharged by due course of law.

Bench Warrant
A writ commanding the arrest of a defendant who did not appear for a scheduled court appearance.

Body Attachment
A writ commanding the arrest of a subject, often issued after a court-ordered fine or forfeiture has not been paid. Body Attachments may be issued in contempt, civil, or criminal family proceedings.

Capias
A writ commanding the arrest of a person, issued by a juvenile justice court.

Civil Forfeiture
Conduct punishable only by a forfeiture.

Crime
A violation of state law punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both. Conduct punishable by a forfeiture is never a crime. (Wisconsin Statute 939.12)

Felony
A crime punishable by imprisonment in the Wisconsin state prisons.

Misdemeanor
A crime punishable by a maximum imprisonment of a year in the county jail (an exception exists for repeat offenders).

Order for Arrest
A writ commanding the arrest of a subject, which may be for contempt, but is always civil in nature.

Order for Commitment
A writ commanding the arrest of a defendant who has been previously committed to the county jail.

Warrant
A writ commanding the arrest of a subject alleging, a crime or civil forfeiture violation. The warrant should be accompanied by a copy of the complaint.

Writ
An instrument conveying notice of action directed by a Court.

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