Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 943.23

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
   (1)    In this section:
      (a)    “Drive” means the exercise of physical control over the speed and direction of a vehicle while it is in motion.
      (b)    “Major part of a vehicle” means any of the following:
         1.    The engine.
         2.    The transmission.
         3.    Each door allowing entrance to or egress from the passenger compartment.
         4.    The hood.
         5.    The grille.
         6.    Each bumper.
         7.    Each front fender.
         8.    The deck lid, tailgate or hatchback.
         9.    Each rear quarter panel.
         10.    The trunk floor pan.
         11.    The frame or, in the case of a unitized body, the supporting structure which serves as the frame.
         12.    Any part not listed under subds. 1. to 11. which has a value exceeding $500.
      (c)    “Operate” includes the physical manipulation or activation of any of the controls of a vehicle necessary to put it in motion.
   (1g)   Whoever, while possessing a dangerous weapon and by the use of, or the threat of the use of, force or the weapon against another, intentionally takes any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class C felony.
   (1r)   Whoever, by the use of force against another or by the threat of the use of force against another, intentionally takes any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class E felony.
   (2)   Except as provided in sub. (3m), whoever intentionally takes and drives any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of the following:
      (a)    Except as provided in par. (b), a Class H felony.
      (b)    For a 2nd or subsequent offense, a Class F felony.
   (2g)   Except as provided in sub. (3m), whoever intentionally takes and drives any commercial motor vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class G felony.
   (3)   Except as provided in sub. (3m), whoever intentionally drives or operates any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of the following:
      (a)    Except as provided in par. (b), a Class I felony.
      (b)    For a 2nd or subsequent offense, a Class G felony.
   (3g)   Except as provided in sub. (3m), whoever intentionally drives or operates any commercial motor vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class H felony.
   (3m)   It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for a violation of sub. (2) or (3) if the defendant abandoned the vehicle without damage within 24 hours after the vehicle was taken from the possession of the owner. An affirmative defense under this subsection mitigates the offense to a Class A misdemeanor. A defendant who raises this affirmative defense has the burden of proving the defense by a preponderance of the evidence.
   (4m)   Whoever knows that the owner does not consent to the driving or operation of a vehicle and intentionally accompanies, as a passenger in the vehicle, a person while he or she violates sub. (1g), (2), (3), or (3m) is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
   (5)   Whoever intentionally removes a major part of a vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class I felony. Whoever intentionally removes any other part or component of a vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
   (6)   
      (a)    In this subsection, “pecuniary loss” has the meaning described in s. 943.245 (1).
      (b)    In addition to the other penalties provided for violation of this section, a judge shall require a violator of sub. (2g) or (3g) to pay restitution for any damage he or she causes to a commercial motor vehicle to or on behalf of a victim, and a judge may require any other violator to pay restitution to or on behalf of a victim, regardless of whether the violator is placed on probation under s. 973.09. If restitution is ordered, the court shall consider the financial resources and future ability of the violator to pay and shall determine the method of payment. Upon the application of any interested party, the court may schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing to determine the value of the victim’s pecuniary loss resulting from the offense.