Auto Theft Charges in Milwaukee
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Theft crimes are all treated seriously by the law, with penalties escalating based
on the value of the property stolen. Therefore, stealing vehicles which
are usually worth thousands of dollars or more, can lead to some of the
most serious consequences of all types of theft. The crime of motor vehicle
theft involves three primary elements: intentionally taking, moving, or
using a vehicle without permission, the vehicle belonging to someone else,
and the person who took the vehicle doing so with the intent of depriving
the owner of the vehicle.
If you are facing charges of vehicle theft, it’s important that you
reach out and contact a skilled advocate who can fight on your side. When
you’re facing stressful and overwhelming charges for a theft crime,
a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer from the
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella can provide you with fearless representation and dedicated, quality counsel.
For more than 20 years, our team has delivered top-quality advocacy to
ensure each of our clients receives the fair trial they deserve. We strive
for the best possible outcome in every case, no matter whether it is being
tried in a federal, state, or local-level court. We’ve handled hundreds
of cases and we use this ever-growing experience to further improve our
skills for all our clients.
If you have been accused of auto theft, call the Law Offices of Christopher
J. Cherella today at (414) 882-8382 and request a
Penalties for Auto Theft
Like most other states, Wisconsin charges auto theft based on the value
of the vehicle stolen. The more valuable the vehicle, the more severe
the charges, and thus the tougher the penalties. The least-severe form
of auto theft is a Class A misdemeanor, which is charged when the vehicle
stolen is worth $2,500 or less. In these instances, you could still face
up to nine months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Most auto theft cases are considered felonies, which means you’ll
face at least one year in prison (though likely much more), as well as
steep fines (as much as $25,000 for Class G felonies).
Some other types of auto theft can include:
Joyriding: also known as unauthorized use of a vehicle, this involves using a vehicle
without permission, but also without the intent to permanently deprive
the owner of the vehicle.
Carjacking: This involves someone using the threat of force or a weapon to gain possession
of a vehicle from its owner.
Failure to return a rental car: If you’ve ever rented a car, you do so with an agreement that you’ll
bring it back. If you fail to do so, you could face the same penalties
based on the value of the vehicle.
Contact the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella now for assistance!