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What Constitutes Theft or Larceny Charges in Wisconsin?

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Theft

Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, criminal lawAt first glance, the term larceny (theft) might seem pretty straightforward. However, under Wisconsin state law, there are a number of actions that could constitute charges of theft. It is important to understand these statutes, and their definitions, when facing such charges. You may also find it beneficial to know what the consequences may be, should you be convicted. Definition of Theft under Wisconsin State Law In the state of Wisconsin, theft or larceny can be defined as any act that includes:
  • Intentionally taking the movable property of another person without their consent with the intent of permanently depriving them of that property;
  • Converting the use of property from one person to another without the owner’s consent, including (but not limited to) doing so because of a person’s office or position;
  • Intentionally taking property from someone with the right to own it without consent;
  • Obtaining the title to another person’s property through deception or false representation with the intent to defraud;
  • And intentionally failing to return personal property obtained through a lease or rental agreement.
Larceny Penalties in Wisconsin Like most states, Wisconsin classifies theft offenses based on the value of property and/or according to the type of property involved. This means that larceny charges may classify as a citation, a misdemeanor or a felony. Consequences could include forfeitures/fines, imprisonment, or both. If convicted, a defendant may also be faced with an order of restitution and fines relating to expenses or losses incurred by the store owner. Juvenile Larceny Charges Even if the person convicted of theft is a minor, with no income of their own, parents or guardians may be held civilly liable for damages or losses incurred, including the retail cost of merchandise or property, damages or a civil penalty that can be up to two times the total retail value of the merchandise, and any costs incurred by the shop owner in their pursuit of civil action. Repeat Theft Charges in Wisconsin While Wisconsin state law does not specifically cover repeat larceny offenses, the state is authorized to seek harsher consequences if a defendant has prior criminal convictions on their record. Furthermore, a prior record is often weighed heavily in the courtroom, potentially increasing a risk of conviction and the subsequent consequences. Do Not Face Criminal Charges Alone

Whether you already have a record or are facing your very first charge, it is important to seek skilled and professional help. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we take your situation seriously. Through effective communication, resourceful defense tactics, and sheer determination, we will ensure your rights are protected and work toward the very best possible outcome for your particular situation. Ask how our dedicated Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys may be able to help you by scheduling a consultation. Call 414-271-1440 today.


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