Shoplifting or retail theft in Wisconsin can include taking, concealing, retaining or transferring merchandise from a merchant. It may also be considered theft when someone alters price tags, attempts to remove theft detection devices or uses or possesses tools to remove such devices.
Criminal Charges for Shoplifting in Wisconsin
Retail theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the combined value of the merchandise stolen. Misdemeanor penalties can range up to 9 months in jail and a substantial fine. Felonies can result in prison time and will likely result in increased fines. The defendant may also be required to pay restitution to the merchant.
A merchant can not only sue the shoplifter in civil court, but they can also attempt to hold the parents or legal guardian accountable if a minor commits shop lifting. The merchant can ask the court for damages caused by the shoplifter, the retail value of merchandise, exemplary damages and the costs for bringing the legal matter to court.
Contact the Waukesha and West Bend Shoplifting Charge Defense Attorneys
You or a family member may face serious consequences if charged with shoplifting in Wisconsin. Our experienced Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys will vigorously defend you through various strategies, some of which might include a negotiated plea bargain or securing a deferred prosecution to minimize your charge. Contact the criminal defense team at D’Angelo & Jones LLP for help if you have been charged with a retail theft or shoplifting crime.