Milwaukee Theft Charge Criminal Defense Attorneys
Wisconsin misdemeanor and felony theft charges may subject you to serious consequences. Do you know the difference between a misdemeanor or felony theft? Our Milwaukee theft defense attorneys explain Wisconsin theft offenses.
What is a misdemeanor theft in Wisconsin? Retail theft (shoplifting), and petty theft of items valued no more than $2,500 are misdemeanor theft offenses.
What is felony theft in Wisconsin? Identity theft, burglary, robbery, embezzlement, and fraud are all felony theft offenses. It is also a felony to permanently take or keep any movable property from another person that is valued at over $2,500.
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Wisconsin Theft Charges
Wisconsin law defines theft, quoted in part below, as follows:
Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of movable property of another without the other’s consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of such property.Wisconsin Statute 943.20
The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with theft may be convicted if:
1. The defendant intentionally took and carried away, or used, or transferred, or concealed, or retained possession of movable property of another.
2. The owner of the property did not consent to taking and carrying away, or using, or transferring, or concealing, or retaining possession of the property.
3. The defendant knew that the owner did not consent.
4. The defendant intended to deprive the owner permanently of the possession of the property.Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1441
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with theft in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The penalties for a theft conviction in Wisconsin vary by several factors. For example, the penalties depend on the type of property stolen. Similarly, the sentence you face may depend on from where the property was stolen. Additional factors that affect a sentence for theft in Wisconsin are when the property was taken and the value of the stolen property.
What is misdemeanor theft in Wisconsin?
- A theft charge may be a misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen does not exceed $2,500.
What is felony theft in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin felony theft charges based on the value of the stolen property
A felony theft charge in Wisconsin can vary in severity based on the value of the property stolen. For example, if the stolen property had a value of
- $2,501 – $5,000, the theft is a Class I Felony.
- $5,001 – $10,000, the theft is a Class H Felony.
- $10,000 or more, the theft is a Class G Felony.
Wisconsin felony theft charges based on the type of property stolen.
Theft of certain property in Wisconsin is a class H felony. In particular, it is a Class H felony to steal:
- a domestic animal
- a firearm
Wisconsin felony theft charges based on when, where, or from whom the theft occurred
Specifically, it is a Class H felony to steal under circumstances. For example, theft of property stolen from a
- another’s person
- patient or resident of a certain facilities
- vulnerable adult
- building which had been destroyed or left unoccupied because of physical disaster, riot, bombing, or the proximity of battle
Similarly, it is also a Class H felony to steal property after a physical disaster, riot, bombing or the proximity of battle had necessitated its removal from the building.
Why hire our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer to represent you?
We’re on a mission. We want to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and the area. Specifically, we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom! What this means is if you’re arrested or charged with stealing in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Wisconsin, call us right away. Also, if you are under investigation in Wisconsin for any criminal offense, including theft, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney before you talk with them. In summary, early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.
Importantly, not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have great trial skills. Similarly, not every Milwaukee criminal attorney will present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. However, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys demonstrate an impressive record of winning litigation skills. Moreover, we know how to get the job done – from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. In conclusion, with decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
Finally, contact us for more information about a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer or Wisconsin theft defense attorneys. Similarly, we can discuss any of our legal services available at our Wisconsin law offices. Alternatively, visit our informative Wisconsin criminal law resources page.