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Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, Milwaukee violent crimes lawyerPerception is a funny thing; rather than being based upon facts, it is the thoughts and beliefs of one more individuals. And it is often incorrect. Case in point: 70 percent of Americans recently reported that they believe crime is rising, but statistical analysis shows that, over the last decade, crime rates have dropped. Such information shows there is a major disconnection between the perception of crime in the U.S. and the reality.

Violent Crimes in the United States

Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, compiles the crime rates for America. In regard to violent crimes, such as rape, sexual assault, robbery, and assault, the overall rates have declined drastically going from 80 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 1994 to 19 per 1,000 in 2010. In the state of Wisconsin, violent crimes have increased slightly, overall, going from 13,748 incidents to 16,714 in the same time period, but sexual assault and burglary crimes have declined.

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Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, theftArmed robbery is a violent crime legislated by statute in Wisconsin as a Class C felony. Depending on the specific charge, it is punishable by up to 40 years prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

To be convicted of robbery in Wisconsin, the court generally requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that somebody else possessed the property in question; that the person charged with armed robbery took the property from the person in question with the intent to steal it; and that the defendant used or threatened to use force to take the property.

What Else Must the State Prove to Convict You of Armed Robbery?

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