Recently, the news in Milwaukee has been filled with stories of armed robbery. From credit unions to sandwich shops, it seems like armed robbery is on an upswing. Last year’s statistics are still being calculated, so we can’t know for sure—but either way, it’s important to know about the potential consequences you’ll face if you’re convicted of armed robbery in Wisconsin.
What is Armed Robbery Under Wisconsin Law?
Wisconsin defines armed robbery, or forcibly taking someone else’s property while using a dangerous weapon, as:
“Whoever, with intent to steal, takes property from the person or presence of the owner… by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon, a device or container described under s. 941.26 (4) (a) or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe that it is a dangerous weapon or such a device or container.”
Being Charged with Armed Robbery in Milwaukee
If you’re formally charged with armed robbery, a jury can convict you if the prosecution can prove that you purposely stole something while acting forcibly and using (or threatening to use) a dangerous weapon.
Possible Penalties for an Armed Robbery Conviction in Wisconsin
Armed robbery is a Class C felony in Wisconsin, so the penalties are harsh. The maximum initial confinement can be up to 25 years, and the maximum extended supervision can be up to 15 years. That comes to a total of 40 years’ imprisonment. You can also be fined up to $100,000 if you are convicted of armed robbery.
What to Do if You’re Accused of or Charged with Armed Robbery
Before you answer any questions, even if you’re completely innocent, you need to talk to an armed robbery lawyer who’s familiar with Wisconsin law. 40 years is a long time, and it’s probably best if you have an attorney go to bat on your behalf.