Consequences of Theft Charges in Wisconsin
Being charged for Theft in Wisconsin is serious business!
Getting arrested for theft in Wisconsin carries significant repercussions for you. You probably expect this. What you might not realize is how broad theft can be. Understanding the nature of the crime, and the consequences a conviction brings, is important for anyone at risk of arrest. If you have been charged with a theft crime, you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
What Constitutes Theft?
Theft includes the combination of intentionally taking someone’s property without consent and intending to permanently deprive that person of the property you took. This includes stealing someone’s wallet or car, of course. Beyond that, if you borrow something and refuse to return it, that may be theft. If you trick someone out of money or transfer money or property out of an account without their consent, that also constitutes theft in Wisconsin.
Your Potential Penalties
The penalty for a theft conviction depends in part on the value of what is stolen. If the value is less than $2,500, the crime is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor conviction brings up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the value is between $2,500 and $10,000, it is a felony and the penalty is three to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the value is above $10,000, the penalty increases to up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine. In addition, a conviction for theft will cost you many opportunities, and if your employer learns that you have been convicted of theft, it will probably cost you your current job as well.
Mounting a Legal Defense
If you have been arrested for theft, you need a strong legal defense. At Eisenberg Law Offices, we have deep experience in criminal defense, including defending against theft charges. Don’t leave your legal needs to just anyone. Contact us online or at (608)256-8356, to discuss your case today.