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Theft Crimes Milwaukee



In Wisconsin, crimes having to do with theft or property damage such as burglary, fraud, or arson, can include everything from stealing a TV set to burning down a large building.

Many of these charges, and the severity of their corresponding penalties, are determined by the total value of any goods that were stolen, and whether the accused person was armed during the commission of the crime. The experienced Milwaukee burglary defense attorneys at Birdsall Obear & Associates have handled a multitude of cases of all different types of theft and property crimes.

If you’ve been arrested, you need the best criminal lawyers in Milwaukee and Sheboygan. Please contact our Milwaukee criminal lawyers via phone or email for a free consultation so we can help you navigate the broad range of charges pertaining to theft and property crimes.


Wisconsin statutes 943.38 (1) state:

  1. Whoever with intent to defraud falsely makes or alters a writing or object of any of the following kinds so that it purports to have been made by another, or at another time, or with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give such authority, is guilty of a Class H felony:
    1. A writing or object whereby legal rights or obligations are created, terminated or transferred, or any writing commonly relied upon in business or commercial transactions as evidence of debt or property rights; or
    2. A public record or a certified or authenticated copy thereof; or
    3. An official authentication or certification of a copy of a public record; or
    4. An official return or certificate entitled to be received as evidence of its contents.


The State must prove 4 elements:

  1. That you intended to defraud
  2. That you falsely made an object or writing
  3. That the writing or object purports to be the writing or object of another
  4. That you did not have the authority from that person to make that writing

These kinds of cases are normally associated with writing checks. Forgery charges also are commonly associated with theft from business charges. You can be charged with both forgery and theft from business in the same complaint if the State can show that the both charges were not done at the same time and based on the same conduct.

The penalties for Forgery can range from a class A Misdemeanor punishable by 9 months in the county jail, up to a Class H Felony punishable by 3 years in prison.

Contact the best Milwaukee and Sheboygan forgery defense lawyers.

Call Birdsall Obear & Associates.

Attorneys John A. Birdsall and Kirk B. Obear are Milwaukee criminal attorneys who have won countless cases over the past decades. Their aggressive defense strategy is unsurpassed and has placed them among the best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Milwaukee.

Forgery crimes many times carry special circumstances that only the Milwaukee criminal lawyers of Birdsall Obear & Associates will know how to confront, confidently and efficiently... and win your case.

Our forgery defense lawyers in Sheboygan and Milwaukee know how to confront and challenge illegal police action, whether it's improper search technique or other violations, if we find that your constitutional rights were violated, your case could be dismissed.

Our lawyers are simply the best forgery defense law firm Wisconsin has to offer. Contact our Milwaukee Criminal Attorneys at Birdsall Obear & Associates.

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