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Wisconsin residents who charged with theft crimes face the threat of spending quite a bit of time in prison or jail if they are convicted. The severity of the punishments will increase dramatically based on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. However, those accused of theft or larceny will have the ability to defend themselves in court.

Here are three common defenses used in theft crime trials:

-- You are the owner of the property: Perhaps you didn't steal the property at all, and you're the owner. If this is the case for you, then all you have to do is prove that you are the owner of the property and/or you have a valid claim to the property.

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The Fourth of July holiday weekend is here, with plenty of entertainment and celebrations taking place in and around Waukesha. Inevitably, however, the holiday also brings a marked increase in police presence on the highways.

If you see the dreaded blue lights behind you in your rear-view mirror, do you know what to do to avoid incriminating yourself in the traffic stop?

Assert your right to remain silent

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It's natural for human beings to draw, paint and decorate their environments, but when it comes to doing this on another person's property without permission, it's referred to as vandalism and it's unlawful. Vandalism as a crime encompasses a broad range of things.

Vandalism is typically defined as a willful act intended to alter, destroy, deface or significantly change another person's property. It may include the following acts:

-- Keying or using something else to scratch paint off someone's vehicle

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The day that you are arrested for a criminal activity, your focus becomes getting out of jail. Most people don't want to have to sit in the local jail or county lockup while their case is moving through the criminal justice system.

In many cases, the criminal court will issue bail for a person who was arrested. This is a financial assurance that the person will report back to court at the appointed times. There are several things that people should know about bail.

Bail vs. bond

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A 37-year-old mother from Milwaukee has been accused of allowing her 8-year-old son to drive on Highway 145. Police pulled the woman and her son over, after allegedly spotting the woman driving with her young child on her lap in the front seat.

Police said allege they saw the boy steering his mother's vehicle as they drove down the highway. After spotting the pair, police pulled them over, and upon reaching the vehicle, they say that the boy was emotionally distraught.

Police further claim that the 37-year-old mother would not cooperate with them. They say she failed her field sobriety tests and showed signs of being intoxicated. Authorities arrested her, charged her with DUI 3rd offense and DUI with a young child in the car. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office also plans to seek charges of Interlock Ignition Device Violation, Operating After Revocation, and 2nd Degree Reckless Endangering Safety.

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