Wisconsin Theft and Property Crimes
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 943 governs most property crime in Wisconsin. Property crimes in Wisconsin generally fall into four categories; damage to property, trespass, misappropriation, and crimes against financial institutions. If you or a loved one is facing any of these charges, call or contact Attorney Andrew Walter for a free consultation.
Damage to Property
The most common crime in this category is Criminal Damage to Property. Criminal Damage to Property causing less than $2,500 damage or reduction in value is a Class A Misdemeanor subject to 9 months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Criminally damaging certain property or causing more than $2,500 damage is a Class I Felony subject to a maximum of forty-two months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. The criminal charge requires that the District Attorney prove that you intentionally damaged the property and that the owner did not consent to the damage. Other common property damage crimes under Wisconsin criminal law include:
- Criminal Damage to Property of a Witness
Wisconsin trespassing crimes involve entry to land, dwellings, or other property without consent. Criminal Trespass to Dwellings is a Class A Misdemeanor. The District Attorney must prove that you intentionally entered a dwelling of another; you knew that you did not have permission to enter, and that your entry tended to create or provoke a breach of the peace. Burglary is a Class F Felony in Wisconsin. Burglary involves intentional entry into a dwelling, building, or certain specified areas with the intent to steal or commit a felony inside. What distinguishes burglary from trespass is your intent at the time you entered the building. Other common Wisconsin trespass offenses include:
- Entry Into Locked Vehicle
- Possession of Burglarious Tools
- Entry Into Locked Coin Box
- Trespass to Land
Wisconsin misappropriation crimes involve taking the property of another without consent. In Wisconsin, whoever takes and carries away, uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of movable property of another without the owner’s consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of such property is guilty of theft. Wisconsin theft crimes also include theft by contractor, theft by fraud or misrepresentation, and failure to return property of another. The penalty depends upon the value of the property. Theft of less than $2,500 is a Class A Misdemeanor. Theft of any property with value above $2,500 is a felony with increasing penalties depending on the value of the property.
Identity Theft, officially titled Unauthorized Use of an Individual or Entity’s Identifying Information or Documents, is a Class H Felony. Identity theft involves the use, attempt to use, or possession with intent to use identifying documents or information of another person or entity for personal gain or to damage another person or entity.
Other Wisconsin misappropriation crimes include:
- Fraud on Hotel or Restaurant Keeper
- Operating a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent
- Issue of Worthless Checks
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Retail Theft
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