Wisconsin Criminal Damage to Property Lawyers in Milwaukee & Waukesha

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The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with Criminal Damage to Property  may be convicted if: 
  • The defendant caused damage to physical property.
  • The defendant intentionally caused the damage.  
  • The property belonged to another person.
  • The defendant caused the damage without the consent of the owner.
  • The defendant knew that the property belonged to another person and that the other person did not consent to the damage.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1400.
Wisconsin Statute 943.01(1) defines criminal damage to property, cited in part below, as follows:

Whoever intentionally causes damage to any physical property of another without the person's consent.  

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Waukesha and Milwaukee Property Damage Crime Defense Lawyers in Wisconsin
Property damage offenses in Wisconsin can be serious crimes that can subject you to serious consequences.  It is a crime to intentionally damage another's physical property in Wisconsin.  If you are criminally chargedwith a property damage offense in Milwaukee, Waukesha, elsewhere in SE WI, you need tough representation.  The criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha, WI at Gamiño Law Offices have experience in various kinds of property damage crimes in Wisconsin, including arson defense.  

It is our mission to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and the area - we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom!  If you have been arrested or charged with a property damage crime in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin, call us right away.  Any time you are under investigation in Wisconsin for a criminal offense, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney immediately. Early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.

Not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have the trial skills and ability to present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. At Gamiño Law Offices, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys have an impressive record of winning litigation skills, from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we have the competent skill and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
Wisconsin Criminal Damage to Property Charges
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with criminal damage to property in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin
If convicted of criminal property damage in Wisconsin, that is generally a Class A Misdemeanor which allows for possible penalties including up to 9 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

However, Wisconsin criminal damage to property is a Class I Felony if the property damaged:
  • Is a vehicle or highway and the damage is of a kind which is likely to cause injury to a person or further property damage; or
  • Belonged to a public utility or common carrier and the damage is of a kind which is likely to impair the services of the public utility or common carrier; or
  • Belonged to a person who is or was a grand or petit juror and the damage was caused by reason of any verdict or indictment assented to by the owner; or
  • Was reduced in value by more than $2,500; or
  • Was on state-owned land and is listed on a specified registry; or
  • Was a rock art site listed on the national register of historic places in Wisconsin; or
  • Was plant material used in research; or
  • Was a coin/credit card operated machine damaged during a theft and reduced in value by more than $500 but less than $2,500.
* Reduced in value means the amount that it would cost to repair or replace it, whichever is less, plus other monetary loses associated with the damage.​

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