Wisconsin Retail Theft Lawyers in Milwaukee & Waukesha
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The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with retail theft may be convicted if:
- The defendant intentionally altered the indicated price, value of, took and carried away, transferred, concealed, or retained possession of merchandise.
- The merchandise was held for resale by a merchant.
- The defendant knew that the property involved was merchandise held for resale by a merchant.
- The merchant did not consent to altering the indicated price, value of, taking and carrying away, transferring, concealing, or retaining possession of the merchandise.
- The defendant knew that the merchant did not consent.
- The defendant intended to deprive the merchant permanently of possession, or any portion of the purchase price, of the merchandise.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1498.
Wisconsin Statute 943.50 defines retail theft, cited in part below, as follows:
Whoever does any of the following without the merchant's consent and with intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession or the full purchase price of the merchandise or property:
- Intentionally alters indicia of price or value of merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- Intentionally takes and carries away merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- Intentionally transfers merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- Intentionally conceals merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- Intentionally retains possession of merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- While anywhere in the merchant's store, intentionally removes a theft detection device from merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- Uses, or possesses with intent to use, a theft detection shielding device to shield merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of merchant from being detected by an electronic or magnetic theft alarm sensor.
- Uses, or possesses with intent to use, a theft detection device remover to remove a theft detection device from merchandise held for resale by a merchant or property of a merchant.
- If, having obtained a service from a service provider, he or she, without the service provider's consent and with intent to deprive the service provider permanently of the full price of the service, absconds and intentionally fails or refuses to pay for the service.
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Retail theft offenses in Wisconsin are crimes that can subject you to serious consequences. If you take or retain merchandise that has been held for resale, or alter the price, or conceal the merchandise, you may be charged with shoplifting. If you are criminally charged in Milwaukee, Waukesha, elsewhere in SE WI with a retail theft, you need tough representation. The criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha, WI at Gamiño Law Offices have experience in various kinds of stealing offenses, including shoplifting.
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 retail theft in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin, call us right away. Any time you are under investigation in Wisconsin for shoplifting or other 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.
For more information about our Waukesha shoplifting lawyers and Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys, or about any of our other legal services available from our Waukesha & Milwaukee attorneys, please contact us today! Click here for links to Wisconsin courts, jail inmate locators, and other Wisconsin criminal law info.
Wisconsin Shoplifting Charges
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with shoplifting in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin:
If convicted of retail theft in Wisconsin, the penalties depend on the value of the stolen property.
- If the value of the property does not exceed $2,500, the theft is a Class A Misdemeanor.
- If the stolen property had a value of $2,501 - $5,000, the theft is a Class I Felony.
- If the stolen property had a value of $5,001 - $10,000, the theft is a Class H Felony.
- If the stolen property had a value of $10,000 or more, the theft is a Class G Felony.
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