Property Crimes Defense Attorneys

Committing a property crime may have far-reaching implications on your future. Besides imprisonment, you may face denial of employment, professional licenses or immigration/deportation issues. Under “accomplice or party to a crime liability,” you may be charged with a property crime even without committing one, as prosecutors can charge each individual associated with a criminal act. Our criminal defense attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices, located in Madison, Wisconsin, are ready to offer you professional legal help – we understand the system and know what it takes to negotiate effectively with prosecutors on your behalf.

Property Crimes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statute 943 – Crimes against Property defines a property crime as an illegal act committed against property without consent. Property crimes include burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting, vandalism and other crimes.    

Arson is willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn a dwelling or house, public building, motor vehicle, aircraft or personal property of another person. It is often committed in conjunction with other crimes such as insurance fraud schemes. Depending on the circumstances, you may face substantial prison time. Do not compromise your future freedom and well-being - enlist the help of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Burglary is commonly defined as breaking and entering into a building with the intention to commit a crime. The use of force against another is not necessary.  Burglary is a felony. 

Robbery refers to taking away another person’s property by the use of force or the threat of force.

Auto theft is a common form of property crime defined as theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (sport utility vehicle, automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle, motor scooter, all-terrain vehicle, and snowmobile). The sentences for auto theft vary largely, ranging from 18 months in prison to a sentence of nearly 11 years. Taking chances with charges of auto theft simply is not smart, as your freedom is at stake. Eisenberg Law Offices attorneys will aggressively defend you in court, negotiating the best outcome for your case.  

Shoplifting is usually a misdemeanor, but can cause employment and career challenges. 

Vandalism is willful damage to the property of others.  Vandalism charges can range from graffiti to rioting and willful destruction of public and private property. Although considered a less serious crime, vandalism can become far more distressing when done extensively or violently or as an expression of hatred.  

Trespassing is generally defined as entering or remaining on a person’s property (house, apartment, office building, etc.), without that person’s consent. This is called criminal trespass to property.  The consequences (fines or jail time) of this misdemeanor are determined by the damage caused to the property or committing another crime on the property. Eisenberg Law Offices criminal defense attorneys will assist you to defend against a criminal trespassing charge and investigate your options. 

Theft can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the stolen property.  If the value is over $2,500.00, it is a felony.

Seeking Professional Legal Help

The gravity of your sentence for a property crime case will depend on whether you are being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.  The judge will consider various factors, when evaluating the seriousness of your case:

·      the value and type of the items taken,

·      the location of the crime,

·      the way of accomplishing the crime,

·      your relationship to the victim. 

If you have been charged with a crime against property and need an experienced attorney to represent you, contact Eisenberg Law Offices for a free consultation. Our lawyers will carefully consider your case, inform you of the available options, and defend your rights in court.