There are many crimes that fall under the term theft, including:
You can be convicted of armed robbery if you took something with the intent to steal it and you threatened to use – or actually used – a dangerous weapon.
Armed robbery is a Class C felony, and you could spend up to 25 years in prison with 15 years of extended supervision. You can also be fined up to $100,000.
Burglary, which is commonly called breaking and entering, occurs when you intentionally enter a building without consent (and you know you don’t have the owner or occupier’s consent) while you have the intent to steal something or commit a felony.
Burglary is a Class F felony, and you could spend up to 7 years and 6 months in prison with 5 years of extended supervision. A judge can also order you to pay fines of up to $25,000.
Embezzlement is when you take money that belongs to another person because of his or her employment, or you intentionally use the money without its owner’s consent or don’t have the authority to do so, when you know that you can’t take or use it. You must also intend to convert the money to your own use, or another person’s use (not the owner’s use).
Embezzlement sentencing depends on the amount of money involved:
- If the amount was $25,000 or less, it’s a Class A misdemeanor
- If the amount was between $2,500 and $5,000, it’s a Class I felony
- If the amount was between $5,000 and $10,000, it’s a Class H felony
- If the amount is greater than $10,000, it’s a Class G felony
Other Types of Theft Charges in Wisconsin
There are several other types of theft charges available in Wisconsin, as well, including:
Each of these has its own set of consequences, but one thing is for sure: If you’re accused of any type of theft, it’s a good idea to get legal advice from an experienced attorney.