Identity theft is more common than one might think. It is not just stealing the identity of another individual. Many identity theft charges in Wisconsin are linked to unauthorized use of a credit card. Using someone credit card without their consent can lead to identity theft charges in Wisconsin. No matter the basis for the charge, identity theft is considered property crime.

An identity theft charge in Wisconsin is committed by someone who intentionally uses any personal identifying information of another, with out that person's consent, with the intent to obtain something of value. Identity theft includes attempts to use this information as well as possessing personal identifying information with the intent to use. This includes the information of someone who has passed away. Identity theft is a felony in Wisconsin.

Identity Theft Attorneys in Madison, WI

The consequences of a conviction are too great. You need the help of an aggressive criminal defense attorney who knows the law. Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. have been successful in defending against identity theft charges. If you are looking for an identity theft attorney in Madison, WI contact the attorneys at Anderson & O'Connell, S.C.

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Identity Theft is a Class H Felony in Wisconsin

A conviction for an identity theft charge in Wisconsin is a Class H felony. Unlike a common theft charge, the penalties are not based on the amount of loss a victim suffers. The penalties associated with this charge is up to six years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Furthermore, a conviction for an identity theft charge will have significant collateral consequences. Do what you can to avoid a felony identity theft conviction.

What does Identity Theft include?

Under Wisconsin's identity theft statute, § 943.201, specific documents and information can be the basis of an identity theft charge. Items that are considered a "Personal identification document" include the following:
  1. A document containing personal identifying information.
  2. An individual's card or plate, if it can be used, alone or in conjunction with another access device, to obtain money, goods, services, out any other thing of value or benefit, or if it can be used to initiate a transfer of funds
  3. Any other device that is unique to, assigned to, or belongs to an individual and that is intended to be used to access services, funds, or benefits of any kind to which the individual is entitled.
Similar to personal identification documents, “Personal identifying information" means any of the following information:
  • An individual's name
  • Their address
  • A phone number
  • The driver's license number
  • Social security number
  • An individual's employer or place of employment
  • The maiden name of an individual's mother
  • Bank account information
  • DNA profile
  • Any information that can be used to obtain money, goods, services, or anything of value or benefit
  • Biometric data
  • PIN numbers
It is not enough to to just possess this information. In order to convict you of identity theft the state must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you possessed the information or used it to "obtain credit, money, goods, services, employment, or any other thing of value or benefit." This includes using the information to avoid a penalty or to harm the reputation or property of another.

Wisconsin Identity Theft Defense Attorneys

Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. are aggressive criminal defense lawyers who know how to defend against felony identity theft charges. Having been successful in having charges dismissed and reduced, our attorneys understand what a successful defense looks like. If you have been charged with a Wisconsin identity theft crime you need an aggressive lawyer who will fight for you.Contact Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. for a free consultation. Start your Defense Today!