Shoplifting and Retail Theft in Milwaukee

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What is Shoplifting Under Wisconsin Law?

Wisconsin law defines shoplifting as retail theft – an incident in which you take merchandise that does not belong to you, and you did so intentionally.

You can be convicted of retail theft if you intentionally take away merchandise, if you transfer it when it was held for resale, intentionally conceal it, or change the price on a price tag but purchase it.

During the holidays, shoplifting charges in and around Milwaukee increase dramatically – so what should you do if you’re arrested for it (or a similar charge)?

What to Do if You’re Arrested for Shoplifting Around the Holidays

For many people, working with a Milwaukee shoplifting attorney is the safest bet. That's because an attorney sure the judge both sides of the story - not just the prosecution side.
Your lawyer will ask you several questions. He or she will want to hear your side of the story because it is very important in developing a successful defense.

From there, your lawyer will examine the evidence that the prosecution claims to have against you. He will go through your arrest record, incident reports, and statements made by other witnesses to the incident. It's important that you are as honest as possible with your attorney, because he cannot defend you without knowing the full story.

Remember, you do not have to talk to police or investigators unless your attorney is there with you. You have the right to legal representation.

If you have not yet entered a plea, it's a good idea to contact your attorney before you even go to court. Your lawyer can give you case-specific legal advice and enter your plea for you when you appear before the judge. Your lawyer may even be able to negotiate with the prosecutor in your case in order to get you the best possible outcome.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Shoplifting or Retail Theft Charges?

We may be able to help you if you’ve been accused of retail theft. Call us 414-383-6700 (Milwaukee) or 262-650-6700 (Waukesha) for a free case evaluation today.

Carlos Gamino

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The Basics of Shoplifting Charges in Milwaukee - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

Shoplifting is a serious crime in Milwaukee and Waukesha. It's one that carries harsh penalties, whether it’s considered a misdemeanor or a felony; the value of the property taken determines how the crime is classified.

If you’re convicted of shoplifting, it will be a blemish on your criminal record for the rest of your life.

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