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Caught for Shoplifting- What can you do?

by Gamino Law Offices on 03/02/14

Shoplifting refers to stealing merchandise from a retail store. The laws against it vary greatly from state to state. In some states retail theft is subject to serious consequences and this includes the State of Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, if you take merchandise that has been held for resale or alter the price or conceal the merchandise, if you are  caught you may be charged with shoplifting.

Speaking of shoplifting laws in Wisconsin in particular, penalty charges here depend on the value of the stolen property. For example, if the value of the property is lower than $2,500, it falls in the Class A Misdemeanor category which includes maximum imprisonment of 9 months and $10,000 fine. If the stolen property is worth between $2,501 and $5,000, then this is Class I Felony which is 3 ½ years of imprisonment and $10,000 fine. But if the stolen property has a worth more than $10,000 then this is Class G Felony which can put you behind bars for 10 years with a fine worth $25,000.

Caught for Shoplifting- How To Defend Against Heavy Penalty Charges?

If you are caught for shoplifting in Wisconsin, it is advisable to hire a professional Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer such as Attorney Carlos A. Gamino.  A strong and professional lawyer is imperative when it comes to defending your case successfully in court. An aggressive lawyer like Carlos Gamino has the trial skills and also the experience to present a compelling case in court. A lawyer has an understanding of the shoplifting laws and can take your case to trial or negotiate a favorable plea agreement for you.

However, remember when hiring an attorney to defend your case, make sure the attorney has:

·       A wealth of experience

·       Familiarity with shoplifting criminal defense

·       High success rate  

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