Category: Theft & Property Crimes
Section: Criminal Defense

Wisconsin characterizes its theft property offenses according to the value of the property stolen – and sometimes, according to the sort of property associated with the theft.

Wisconsin criminal statutes on theft include an extensive list of all acts that make up the offense in the state, including:

  • Deliberately taking the property of another without the proprietor’s assent, and with the intent of lastingly depriving the proprietor.
  • Deliberately neglecting to restore any personal property in the person’s possession due to a lease or rental agreement.
  • Converting to an individual’s very own utilization of the property of another because of the person’s office or position, without the proprietor’s assent.
  • Attaining title to another’s property by deliberately misleading the individual with false representation, made with a goal to defraud, and
  • Taking property from another who has a privilege to ownership of the property, deliberately and without assent.

Theft Offenses and Penalties in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, a theft can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, and can lead to imprisonment or the payment of fines, or both. And in addition to fines and possible imprisonment in a theft property case, a judge may order that an offender pay restitution to the property owner for any losses caused by the theft.

Class A Misdemeanor Theft: In Wisconsin, theft is a class A misdemeanor if the worth of the property stolen is not greater than $2,500. The penalty for a class A misdemeanor in Wisconsin can contain a fine of up to $10,000, 9 months imprisonment, or both.

Class I Felony Theft: Theft in Wisconsin is a class I felony if the worth of the property stolen is higher than $2,500, but not below $5,000. In Wisconsin, the penalty for a class I felony contain a fine of about $10,000, 6 months to 3 years imprisonment, or both.

Class H Felony Theft: In Wisconsin, theft is classified as a class H felony if the worth of the property stolen is greater than $5,000, but not more than $10,000, or if the property is a gun or domestic animal of any value. The penalty for a class H felony in this state contains a fine of up to $10,000, 6 years imprisonment, or both.

Class G Felony Theft:  Theft in Wisconsin is a class G felony if the worth of the property stolen is greater than $10,000. The penalty for a class G felony in Wisconsin contains a fine of up to $25,000, imprisonment for a long term (about 10 years), or both.

It is the mission of the lawyers at Mullen Schlough & Associates S.C. to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers. They will protect you, your future, your reputation, your freedom, your job, and your rights. If you have been arrested or charged with stealing in Wisconsin, call them right away.  Any time you are under investigation in Wisconsin for a theft or other criminal offense, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney instantly. Early involvement by a qualified criminal defense attorney makes all the difference in the result of a criminal case in Wisconsin.

Not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have the ability and the trial skills to present a convincing case in court or negotiate a positive plea agreement. At Mullen Schlough & Associates S.C., their team of expert criminal defense lawyers has a notable record of winning litigation skills, from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. With so many years of combined experience, they have the greatest skills and abilities needed to get the results you need.