Theft (Shoplifting)

Wisconsin Theft charges range from misdemeanor offenses to serious felonies. If you are facing theft charges in Wisconsin you probably don’t know what to expect or where to turn. I know what you are up against and are here to help.

Charged with a crime in Wisconsin? Please call (888) 828-6041.

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is a crime. And any criminal charge, and conviction if you are found guilty, can have a significant impact on your life. You can be stuck with a permanent criminal record that can follow you for many years.

I know you probably never thought you would be facing a judge in the Wisconsin criminal courts. This can be a stressful and uncertain time in your life.

But I can help you try to fix whatever legal mess you are facing. And you may be surprised about the kind of shoplifting or theft charges that can be successfully  beaten in court, with a dismissal, or a not guilty, or at least a significant reduction in charges and penalties.

It you are being charged unfairly with theft in Wisconsin, it can be infuriating to have to defend your good name in court. But you are innocent until proven guilty, and we will challenge the prosecution at every step of the alleged evidence trail.

Or if you feel you made a big mistake, I can help with that, too. Whether you accidentally forgot to pay for something or made a bad decision impulsively, and now regret your actions. I won’t judge you, but will simply help you to get the best possible outcome in court. I want that positive result as much as you do and will work my hardest to make sure that happens.

Please contact me to find out what I can offer you in terms of help, and hope.

Wisconsin Theft Laws

Theft can be committed in a variety of ways. The alleged theft you are charged with could include any of the following situations:

  • Intentionally taking, carrying away, using, transferring, concealing or retaining possession of the property of another without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of the property,
  • Obtaining title to property of another person through deceit or false representation with the intent to defraud,
  • Using, transferring, concealing, or retaining possession of money, security, paper or writing through your employment or business and without the owner’s consent and contrary to your authority, or
  • Intentionally failing to return any personal property in your possession or under your control after the applicable lease or rental agreement has expired.

Wisconsin Theft Penalties



Your shoplifting/theft charge and the subsequent penalty depends on the value of the property allegedly stolen.

Theft Value: Charge: Theft Penalty:
Under $2,500 Class A misdemeanor Up to 9 months in jail and fines of $10,000
$2,500 to $5,000 Class I felony Up to 3 ¬Ĺ years in prison and fines of $10,000
$5,000 to $10,000 Class H felony Up to 6 years in prison and fines of $10,000
More than $10,000 Class G felony Up to 10 years in prison and fines of $25,000

Ref: Wisconsin Statute 943.20

Call For a Legal Defense Consultation on Wisconsin Shoplifting/Theft Charges

Having handled many serious theft cases, I have the experience you need. I’ll be able to size up the seriousness of your case and what you are facing in a short phone call or meeting.

We can examine the details of your case together and I will help you come up with the best way to move forward. Call me today so we can discuss your theft case in greater detail.

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