What is Receiving Stolen Property in Wisconsin?
Receiving stolen property is a crime that involves acquiring goods when you know they were stolen or taken unlawfully.
If you buy something from a friend that you know was stolen, you could be charged with receiving stolen property. Even if you simply “hold” something that you know was stolen, you could be charged (and convicted) of the same crime.
Consequences of Receiving Stolen Property in Milwaukee
The value of the property determines whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony.
If the property’s value is less than $2,500, the law considers the crime a Class A misdemeanor. In Wisconsin, a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 9 months of confinement and as much as a $10,000 fine.
When the property’s value is more than $2,500, the law considers the crime a Class I felony. In Wisconsin, a Class I felony is punishable by 3 years and 6 months of confinement, as well as a fine as much as $10,000, or both.
The crime becomes a Class H felony when the property’s value is between $5,000 and $10,000, which is punishable by up to 6 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
Finally, it becomes a Class G felony if the property’s value is greater than $10,000. A Class G felony is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000 (or both).
Have You Been Accused of Receiving Stolen Property?
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