WI 895.457. Limiting felon’s right to damages.

State: Wisconsin

 

PROVISIONS COMMON TO ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS IN ALL COURTS.

CHAPTER 895.  DAMAGES, LIABILITY, AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS REGARDING ACTIONS IN COURTS

SUBCHAPTER I.  DAMAGES, RECOVERY, AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS REGARDING ACTIONS IN COURTS

895.457 Limiting felon’s right to damages.

(1) In this section:

(a) “Crime” means a crime under the laws of this state or under federal law.

(b) “Damages” means damages for an injury to real or personal property, for death, or for personal injury.

(c) “Felony” means a felony under the laws of this state or under federal law.

(d) “Victim” means a person against whom an act constituting a felony was committed.

(2) No person may recover damages from any of the following persons for injury or death incurred while committing, or as a result of committing, an act that constituted a felony, if the person was convicted of a felony for that act:

(a) A victim of that felony.

(b) An individual other than a victim of that felony who assisted or attempted to assist in the prevention of the act, who assisted or attempted to assist in the protection of the victim, or who assisted or attempted to assist in the apprehension or detention of the person committing the act unless the individual who assisted or attempted to assist is convicted of a crime as a result of his or her assistance or attempted assistance.

(3) This section does not prohibit a person from recovering damages for death or personal injury resulting from a device used to provide security that is intended or likely to cause great bodily harm, as defined in s. 939.22(14), or death.

(4)

(a) Any applicable statute of limitations for an action to recover damages against a person described under sub. (2)(a) or (b) for injury or death incurred while committing, or as a result of committing, an act that constituted a felony is tolled during the period beginning with the commencement of a criminal proceeding charging the person who committed the act with a felony for that act and ending with the final disposition, as defined in s. 893.13(1), of the criminal proceeding.

(b) Any applicable statute of limitations for an action to recover damages from an individual described under sub. (2)(b) or injury or death incurred while committing, or as a result of committing, an act that constituted a felony is tolled during the period beginning with the commencement of a criminal proceeding charging the individual described under sub.(2)(b) with a crime as a result of his or her assistance or attempt to assist and ending with the final disposition, as defined in s. 893.13(1), of the criminal proceeding. This paragraph does not apply if a criminal proceeding described in par. (a) does not result in a felony conviction and there is no other criminal proceeding described under par. (a) pending.

(5) A court may stay a civil action described under sub. (2) until the final disposition of a criminal proceeding described under sub. (4).