Property Crime Law Attorneys in Appleton Wisconsin

Wisconsin criminalizes several acts against property. Some of these crimes are considered serious felonies and can result in many years behind bars if convicted of them.

The potential penalty is usually based on the value of the property that is stolen and the circumstances surrounding the theft. If you are facing charges for a property offense, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for assistance. To schedule a confidential consultation, call Hogan Eickhoff in Appleton at (920) 450-9800.


Theft vs. Fraud

Many acts of theft involve some type of fraud, which is defined as knowingly concealing a fact or misrepresenting the truth, inducing another person into acting in a way against his or her own interest. Crimes based on fraud are usually non-violent in nature.


Fraud crimes can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor offense, depending on the value of the property. Often, the victim asks for restitution from the wrongdoer, which is awarded at the time of sentencing unless the defendant asks for a restitution hearing.


Theft involves intentionally taking someone else’s property, using the property, or keeping possession of another individual’s property without the owner’s consent, coupled with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Theft may or may not involve fraud, depending on the circumstances.

Retail Theft

Retail theft is shoplifting or taking property belonging to a store out of the store without paying for it. Removing anti-theft devices or using a device to try to block these devices is also considered retail theft. The potential penalty depends on the value of the merchandise, based on the following parameters:

  • Property valued at less than $500 – A Class A misdemeanor
  • Property valued under $5,000 – A Class I felony
  • Property valued under $10,000 – A Class H felony
  • Property valued over $10,000 – A Class G felony