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Weapons crimes are not crimes that states take lightly. People are often hurt when a person has been accused of committing weapons crimes, and there is often a harsh punishment if there is a conviction. In some cases, the crime is even escalated to a more serious crime. One example of this is when an assault charge is turned into aggravated assault.

The following factors will determine if assault should be considered aggravated assault:

  • Status of the assaulted party.
  • Intent of the person who committed the assault.
  • Presence and use of a weapon during the assault.
  • Degree of injury that has been caused to the assaulted party.

This is a serious charge and you may face severe consequences if convicted. When a person has been accused of aggravated assault, there is a chance that the crime will be considered a felony. In this case, the consequences for the crime could be harsh. However, depending on the degree of the assault, it is possible that the crime will be considered a misdemeanor and will carry a lesser sentence.

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Organized retail crime (or “ORC”) is a type of crime that involves multiple actors. It appears that some people have realized that certain retail items are extremely valuable when they are sold on the street and have organized their efforts to hit stores in a coordinated fashion to maximize their bang for the criminal buck. These organizations are relatively new and only recently began attracting media attention. This post will go over ORCs and the potential consequences for people who are caught participating in them.

These are not “fly by the night” organizations. Many ORCs and their associated criminal enterprises can make millions of dollars a year reselling stolen goods. The initial thefts, the boosters, and fencers who eventually sell the products all stand to make major profits on sales of stolen goods.

The ORCs target a wide variety of goods from razors to milk. A favorite target is liquid Tide detergent for laundry which goes by the street name “liquid gold.” In fact, it is estimated that $37 billion a year is lost to retailers due to theft. These organizations are also quite large; a recent Tennessee investigation arrested 160 people and $30,000 in stolen merchandise.

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Facing shoplifting charges

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The act of taking an item in a concealed manner and leaving without paying is called shoplifting. Although it is a larceny, it is considered a theft of someone else's property. Although taking something from a store is considered as shoplifting, there are some other cases that may also lead to shoplifting charges. Any scenario in which you take off with something without paying will be considered shoplifting under the law.

 

The charges and sentencing for shoplifting usually vary depending upon the type of offense committed. For example, if the stolen goods are of more value, the sentencing could be severe. Furthermore, dangerous items like weapons being stolen is a serious issue which is why the charges are always more severe. The prosecution has the right to decide what charge they want to press against the defendant. There are several factors that the prosecutor analyzes before coming up with any formal charges. They may have a look at the defendant's prior record to see whether there is a history of shoplifting. Defendants without any serious history of shoplifting might get off easier than one's who have a history.

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Weapons crimes are capital felonies that should be taken seriously by all Wisconsin residents. Just to remind those who might not know, weapons crimes refer to atrocities arising from the illegal possession of arms irrespective of your intentions or location. In most cases, being convicted of weapons charges can adversely your freedom, let alone your reputation. To aggravate the situation, a harsh penalty awaits you once the jury brands you a criminal. Most felonies revolving around illegal gun possession tend to escalate out of control, hence the need to enforce stiff penalties to perpetrators.

Weapons Crimes lead to grave consequences with murder being the unfortunate fatality to victims. The possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony is widely considered to be a malicious intent to exploit an unsuspecting victim. However, the sentencing of such a convict greatly depends on the following factors necessary in the execution process of the intended crime:

  • The presence and consequent use of a weapon during the assault
  • Extent of injury caused to the victim
  • Status of the injured party
  • Intent of the offender while committing the crime

Once such factors have been tied to the offense, it is just a matter of time before a Judge issues a verdict with severe consequences in most cases. Depending on the exact nature of the crime, a Judge might classify it as a misdemeanor or a capital offense, in the worst case scenario. For misdemeanors, lighter sentences should be enough to rehabilitate offenders while serious felonies would spell an entirely different situation altogether. For instance, a simple robbery crime might command a few months of incarceration or a complete year in the presence of irrefutable evidence. Once arrested, Wisconsin law still presumes you to be innocent until proven guilty. This essentially means you should not divulge any incriminating information that might be used to tie your noose in a literal sense.

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There are people all over who make the decision to commit a crime. While some are able to get away with the wrong they have done, not all of them can say they have been successful. Being charged with a theft or property crime like shoplifting or burglary can have a negative effect on your life. However, depending on how the crime is classified, the consequences may not be as harsh as some people believe.

Taking something that does not belong to you is what makes it a crime. A theft crime is typically categorized as petty or grand. When courts are determining which category a crime should fall into, they will consider various things, including the kind of property that was stolen and how much it was worth.

In many states, when a crime is considered petty, the property that was stolen is not valued above a certain amount. For example, if a bracelet was less than $1000, the courts may decide that it was a petty crime. When a crime is considered grand, the value of the item or items stolen exceeds that of a petty crime. These two crimes also differ because one is usually considered a misdemeanor, and the other is considered a felony.

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