Retail theft at Walmart flourishes despite the chain’s reputation for cracking down on shoplifters. In fact, this month alone, there have been several theft crimes at Walmarts throughout Wisconsin. On January 19, a Milwaukee resident was arrested at the Walmart on Moorland Road for trying to steal $430 worth of alcohol. A day later, two men stole a large number of Bic lighters. In the week that followed, a West Allis resident, and hours later, a Muskego resident, were arrested in separate incidences for retail theft at the chain.
According to Fortune, the retail giant says that it loses nearly $3 billion in theft every year and, naturally, they are determined to fight back against this so-called “shrinkage”. Would-be thieves should take note of the consequences for Wisconsin retail theft or shoplifting given the retailer’s commitment to solving the problem. Whether you are a teen shoplifting on a whim or dare, without a thought for the consequences, a repeat offender, or an employee, the stakes are high for shoplifting crimes in the state.
A conviction for a Wisconsin retail theft crime can result in thousands of dollars in fines and incarceration depending on the value of the merchandise stolen. Misdemeanor charges may be brought for property or services stolen that do not exceed $2,500, which can result in fines up to $10K and jail time. If property or services stolen are greater than $2,500, felony charges may be brought, which can translate into substantially higher fines and longer periods of incarceration. Whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, a criminal record will be established which can cause problems when offenders seek employment or try to secure a loan for school in the future.
If you or a family member has been charged with a Wisconsin retail theft crime, it is important to seek help. Contact the experienced Waukesha, Wisconsin retail theft crime defense attorneys of Andrew C. Ladd for immediate assistance. In your defense, we may seek a dismissal of charges or, in other cases, a reduction in charges whenever possible. Moving from a felony to a misdemeanor for example, can result in reduced sentencing with the possibility to expunge the criminal record in the future. Because shoplifting is considered a serious offense, it is in your best interest to fight it with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact Waukesha, Wisconsin retail theft attorney, Andrew C. Ladd for effective representation today if you have been arrested for shoplifting, retail theft or employee theft.