Theft Attoreny in Wisconsin

The crime of "theft" in Wisconsin can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the item you are accused of stealing. This charge has similar penalties to Shoplifting or Retail Theft if you are convicted.

Penalties of Theft in Wisconsin

Value of the Property Maximum Penalty
Less than $2,500 9 months in jail and a $10,000 fine (Misdemeanor)
From $2,500 to $5,000 3 years and 6 months in prison and a $10,000 fine (Felony)
From $5,000 to $10,000 6 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 (Felony)
Greater than $10,000 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine (Felony)

 In order to convict you, the prosecution must prove that:

  • You intentionally took and carried away, used, transferred concealed or retained possession of moveable property belonging to another person OR
  • You intentionally used, transferred, concealed, or retained possession of any money, security, instrument, paper or writing entrusted to you in your office, business or employment, or in your possession as trustee or bailee or other role facilitating access and custody to such property OR
  • You took the property away from a pledgee or other superior property owner even though you hold some legal interest in the moveable property yourself OR
  • You obtained title to property of another person by intentionally misleading that person with a false representation, which was known by you to be false, was made with the intent to defraud and did defraud the person to which it was made OR
  • You intentionally failed to return any personal property that was in your possession or under your control by a lease or rental agreement after such lease or rental agreement expired AND
  • You took the property without the property owner’s consent AND
  • You had the intention of depriving the other person of their possession(s) permanently

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