Consequences of Car Theft in Milwaukee

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Car Theft in Wisconsin 

Car theft and carjacking fall under Wisconsin Statute 943.23, which covers operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

In order for a court to convict you, the prosecution needs to prove that you:
  • Intentionally took a vehicle without the owner’s consent
  • Intentionally drove a vehicle without the owner’s consent
  • Knew the owner did not consent to you taking or driving the motor vehicle

Carjacking in Wisconsin

In order for a court to convict you of carjacking in Wisconsin, the prosecution needs to prove that you:

  • Intentionally took a vehicle without the owner’s consent
  • Knew that the owner didn’t consent
  • Took the vehicle while you possessed a dangerous weapon
  • Took the vehicle by the use or the threat of the use of force, or with a dangerous weapon

Other Charges Related to Car Theft in Wisconsin 

The state can also charge you with being a passenger in a stolen vehicle if you intentionally went with a person who intentionally drove or operated a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent—and if you knew that the owner didn’t consent. 

What Happens if You’re Convicted of Car Theft in Milwaukee? 

If you’re convicted of car theft in Milwaukee, the penalties vary based on the precise charge. 

Auto theft by taking and driving is a Class H felony. You could be imprisoned for up to 6 years (with 3 years of initial confinement in prison) and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Car theft by driving or operating without the owner’s consent is a Class I felony. You could be imprisoned for up to 3 years, 6 months (with a maximum of 1 year, 6 months of initial confinement and a maximum of 2 years of extended supervision) and fined up to $10,000.

If you had a weapon while committing the offense, it becomes a Class C felony. If you’re a passenger in a stolen vehicle, you could be hit with a Class A misdemeanor.

What to Do if You’re Charged With an Auto Theft Crime 

If you’re accused of car theft or any other automobile theft crime in Milwaukee, get in touch with an attorney right away. Your attorney will ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online as soon as possible. We’ll be glad to evaluate your case and help you move forward on the right path.

Carlos Gamino

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Consequences of Car Theft in Milwaukee - WI Criminal Defense Attorney
By Carlos Gamino

If you’re facing charges of car theft, you could be facing serious consequences—and it’s probably a good idea to get in touch with a motor vehicle theft crime lawyer in Milwaukee who can help you understand what you’re up against.
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