Milwaukee Theft Lawyer
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If you've been charged with theft, you need the help of a skilled attorney to fight the allegations. An offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, which means if you're convicted, you could be incarcerated and ordered to pay steep fines. Regardless of the level of charge, a guilty judgment will go on your criminal record and could affect you for the rest of your life. A lawyer who knows the law and the justice system can work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf, such as getting the charges dropped or the case dismissed.
At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee theft defense attorneys have handled numerous cases and know what it takes to effectively fight charges. Our lawyers provide compassionate advocacy and guidance, focusing on your needs and best interests to develop a unique strategy. We also deliver aggressive defense as we go up against the prosecution and work relentlessly to protect your rights and freedom. Additionally, our lawyers work together as a team, which means you will benefit from our combined knowledge, skills, and resources.
Discuss your case during a free consultation by calling us at (414) 928-7771 today.
How Does Wisconsin Define Theft?
Generally, the state defines theft as taking another person's property without permission.
The statute concerning the offense specifically states that the following are charged as theft crimes:
- Taking someone else's property without consent, and with the intent to deprive the owner of the object
- As an employee or person in a position of trust, taking assets from the business without consent, in a manner that oversteps their authority, and with the intent to use the property for their own or someone else's gain
- As a co-owner of property, taking it from the other person with interest in the property without consent
- Intentionally using fraud to deprive another person of the title to their property
- Not returning rental property after the lease or agreement has expired
When Is Theft a Felony, and When Is It a Misdemeanor?
As mentioned before, theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. What determines the level (and class) of offense is the value of the property allegedly stolen. The value is determined by the market worth at the time it was taken and how much it costs to repair the object (if it was damaged during the theft).
In Wisconsin, theft can be charged as follows:
- Class A misdemeanor: For property valued at $2,500 or less. The conviction penalties include up to 9 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Class I felony: The property was valued between $2,500 and $5,000. This level of offense carries a maximum prison term of 3 years and 6 months and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Class H felony: Property valued between $5,000 and $10,000. This level can also be charged when the object taken was a domestic animal or a firearm, or if it was taken during a disaster, riot or bombing. It is penalized by up to 6 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Class G felony: The property was worth between $10,000 and $100,000. The punishments include imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
- Class F felony: The property was valued at over $100,000. The offense is punishable by up to 12 years and 6 months in prison and/or a maximum fine of $25,000.
Theft Defense Attorneys in Milwaukee
At Ahmad & Associates, we understand that good people can find themselves accused of an alleged theft offense, and they might suffer severe consequences because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's why we approach every case with care and sensitivity and work to uncover the facts. Our Milwaukee theft defense lawyers will treat you with the respect you deserve while fighting hard against your charge.
We'll provide the legal representation you need every step of the way. Contact us at (414) 928-7771 to get started.
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