If you are indicted and charged with theft, it is in your best interest that you figure out how to defend yourself. If you do not, you may end up paying the legal price following a conviction.
That could mean paying a fine, serving time or both. Additionally, you will be having a criminal record to contend with.
What are some potential defenses to your charges?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, here are some of the defense options you can explore when charged with theft in Wisconsin:
- Lack of intent – as already mentioned, you must have the intention to steal to be found guilty of theft. Thus, if you had the permission, or reasonably believed that you had the permission, to take the property in question, then you can argue lack of intent during your trial.
- Entrapment – this defense is most often applied in situations where police are involved in a sting operation. If a law enforcement officer tricks or coerces you to commit a crime that you would have otherwise not have committed, then you can successfully argue entrapment in court.
- Duress – Sometimes, someone else (like your employer or supervisor) can threaten you with a specific action (like dismissal from your job) if you do not comply with their demand to commit or participate in the theft. In this case, you may argue duress during your criminal defense.
Being charged with a crime is a serious matter. Knowing your legal options can help you effectively defend yourself when charged with theft.