There are different types of Theft charges under Wisconsin law. These charges can be found under Chapter 943 of the Wisconsin Statutes - Crimes against Property. From Retail theft to Robbery to Felony Theft, these crimes are property crimes and carry with it significant penalties. What ever sort of Theft charge you are facing, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the law and how to defend against it.

Madison, WI Theft Charge Attorneys

Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. are experienced theft crime attorneys out of Madison, WI. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, our attorneys can help. Throughout Southern Wisconsin Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. has successfully defend individuals charged with criminal theft charges. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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What is considered Theft in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin there are many different acts that can lead to criminal theft charges. Different types of theft involve different circumstances. It is those circumstances that often determine whether it you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Theft in Wisconsin is committed by one who:

  • 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.
  • Because of there title or employment has possession or custody of another's money or of a negotiable security, intentionally uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of such money without the owner's consent, contrary to his or her authority, and with intent to convert to his or her own use or to the use of any other person except the owner.
  • Having a legal interest in movable property, intentionally and without consent, takes such property out of the possession of a pledgee or other person having a superior right of possession, with intent thereby to deprive the pledgee or other person permanently of the possession of such property.
  • Obtains title to property of another person by intentionally deceiving the person with a false representation which is known to be false, made with intent to defraud, and which does defraud the person to whom it is made. “False representation" includes a promise made with intent not to perform it if it is a part of a false and fraudulent scheme.
  • Intentionally fails to return any personal property which is in his or her possession or under his or her control by virtue of a written lease or written rental agreement after the lease or rental agreement has expired.

Misdemeanor and Felony Theft Penalties in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, a theft charge has the potential to carry significant penalties. These penalties depend on the type of property, where it was stolen from, when it was taken, or the value of the stolen property.

  • If the value of the property does not exceed $2,500, it is a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • If the value of the property does not exceed $2,501 - $5,000, it is a Class I Felony.
  • If the value of the property does not exceed $5,001 - $10,000, it is a Class H Felony.
  • If the value of the property does not exceed $10,000 or more, it is a Class G Felony.
  • If the property is a domestic animal or a firearm the theft is a Class H felony.
  • If the property is taken from a building which has been destroyed or left unoccupied because of physical disaster, riot, bombing or the proximity of battle, it is a Class H felony.
  • If the property is taken from a patient or resident of a facility or program under s. 940.295 (2) or from an individual at risk, it is a Class H felony.
  • If the property is taken from the person of another or from a corpse, it is a Class G felony.

What to do when charged with Theft in Wisconsin

Do not discuss your case with anyone except your lawyer. Do not try to make amends with the alleged victim in your case. If you have been charged with theft in Wisconsin, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer before you do anything else. A good lawyer will be able to analyze your case and determine whether there is a potential defense to the theft charge.

Consequences of a Wisconsin Theft conviction

A criminal conviction of any sorts will have a great impact on your finances, your family, and your freedom. A theft conviction on your record will almost certainly cause additional headaches. In addition to the fines and potential jail time for a theft conviction, these types of charges can have a negative impact on your employment. You do not want a future employer to see a theft conviction on your background. In many industries this will result in the employer passing you over for an individual with a clean background. No matter how small or insignificant you think your charge is, an employer will only see it as a theft conviction. You need representation to help fight these charges.

Wisconsin Theft Charge Attorneys

If you are facing a theft charge in Wisconsin, whether a felony or a misdemeanor, you need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. A conviction for these types of property crimes can be devastating for future employment opportunities. You need an aggressive defense. Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. has the experience and knowledge you can count on. We will defend  against your theft charges. Contact us for a free consultation and start your defense today!