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When Can I Face Criminal Charges for Theft, Robbery, or Burglary?

 Posted on September 30, 2021 in Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney Dodge CountyThere are multiple types of property crimes in which a person may be accused of taking money or property that belongs to someone else. These cases can result in serious criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances of a case, a person may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, and if they are convicted, they could be required to serve time in prison, pay fines or restitution, or follow certain requirements during a period of probation. A person will want to understand the specific offense they are accused of, and an attorney can advise them of their best options for defense.

Property Crimes in Wisconsin

Offenses in which a person is accused of taking or misappropriating someone else’s property may fall into one of the following categories:

  • Theft - This offense covers any situations in which someone takes or obtains property from its rightful owner. In addition to stealing money or property, theft may involve the misappropriation of funds through embezzlement or other illicit activities, or a person may be accused of making false statements or misrepresenting facts with the intent to defraud someone. If the money or property obtained through theft is worth $2,500 or less, a person may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Felony charges will apply in cases involving amounts of over $2,500, and for higher amounts, a person may face more serious felonies that can result in longer prison sentences and higher fines.

  • Robbery - This offense involves taking someone else’s money or property either through the use of force or threats to harm the property’s owner or another party. Robbery is usually charged as a Class E felony, although if a person allegedly used or threatened to use a dangerous weapon, they may be charged with a Class C felony.

  • Burglary - This offense involves entering someone else’s property with the intent of committing a felony, including the theft of money or property. A person may be charged with burglary if they illegally enter a building, boat, railroad car, the cargo area of a truck or trailer, or a motorhome. Burglary is usually charged as a Class F felony. Charges may be increased to a Class E felony if a person was armed with a deadly weapon, used an explosive to obtain entry to obtain access to a person’s property, or committed burglary in a dwelling, boat, or motor home while someone else was lawfully present.

Contact Our Waukesha County Property Crimes Defense Lawyers

If you have been accused of theft, robbery, or burglary, Bucher Law Group, LLC can provide you with a strong defense, helping you determine the best strategy to avoid a conviction or reduce your charges or penalties. To arrange a complimentary consultation, contact our Walworth County criminal defense attorneys by calling 262-303-4916.






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