Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Theft Crime Lawyers in Milwaukee & Waukesha

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The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with Motor Vehicle Theft may be convicted if:
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Take & Drive Offenses:  
  • ​The defendant intentionally took a vehicle without the consent of the owner.
  • The defendant intentionally drove a vehicle without the consent of the owner.
  • The defendant knew that the owner of the motor vehicle did not consent to taking and driving the motor vehicle.  
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1464​

Driving or Operating Offenses:
  • The defendant intentionally drove or operated a vehicle without the consent of the owner.  
  • The defendant knew that the owner did not consent to the driving or operating the vehicle.  
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1465

​Car Jacking:
  • The defendant intentionally ​took a vehicle without the consent of the owner. 
  • The defendant knew that the owner did not consent to the taking.
  • The defendant took the vehicle while possessing a dangerous weapon.
  • The defendant took the vehicle by the use or threat of use of force or a dangerous weapon.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1463

Passenger in a Stolen Vehicle:
  • The person intentionally drove or operated a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
  • The defendant intentionally accompanied the person as a passenger in the vehicle.
  • The defendant knew that the owner did not consent to the driving or operating of the vehicle.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1466​

* It is an affirmative defense if the defendant abandoned the vehicle without damage within 24 hours after the vehicle was taken from the possession of the owner. 
Wisconsin Statute 943.23 defines Car Theft Offenses in Wisconsin, cited in part below, as follows:

Whoever intentionally takes and drives, or operates any vehicle without the consent of the owner; and whoever knows that the owner does not consent to the driving or operation of a vehicle and intentionally accompanies, as a passenger in the vehicle, a person who takes, drives or operates any motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.

* If the vehicle is taken while possessing a dangerous weapon, and by the use or threat of use of force or the weapon, the penalties are increased.

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Waukesha and Milwaukee Auto Theft Defense Lawyers in Wisconsin
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In Wisconsin, car theft is a serious crime that subjects you to serious consequences.  It can be a crime to take, drive or operate a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. If you are criminally charged in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or elsewhere in SE WI with an auto theft or carjacking offense, you need tough representation.  The criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha at Gamiño Law Offices have experience in various kinds of motor vehicle theft offenses in Wisconsin.
  
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 motor vehicle theft crime in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin, call us right away.  Any time you are under investigation for a stolen vehicle offense in Wisconsin, 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 carjacking or auto theft 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 Auto Theft Charges
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with Motor Vehicle Theft in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin:

If convicted of Auto Theft by taking and driving a motor vehicle without consent of the owner in Wisconsin, that is a Class H Felony which allows for possible penalties of up to 6 years imprisonment, with a maximum of 3 years of initial confinement in prison, a maximum of 3 years of extended supervision, and a maximum fine of $10,000.

If convicted of Car Theft by driving or operates a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner in Wisconsin, that is a Class I felony which allows for possible penalties of up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment, with a maximum of 1 1/2 years of initial confinement in prison, a maximum of 2 years of extended supervision, and a maximum fine of $10,000.

*Car-jacking:  If a weapon is possessed during the offense, and the vehicle is taken by the use or threat of use of force or the weapon, the offense may be charged as a Class C Felony.  

*Abandoning a stolen vehicle:  If it is proven that the  defendant abandoned the vehicle without damage within 24 hours after the vehicle was taken from the possession of the owner, the offense is reduced to a Class A Misdemeanor. 

*Passenger in a stolen vehicle:  It is a Class A Misdemeanor to be a passenger in a vehicle and intentionally accompanying a person who takes, drives or operates any motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.

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