Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for entry into a locked vehicle defense.  (414) 270-0202

If you’ve been charged with entry into a locked vehicle you’re facing a Class A misdemeanor offense.  Criminal attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen defend entry into a locked vehicle cases.  Contact law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for serious criminal defense if you’ve been charged with this crime.  We focus 100% of our resources on criminal defense and want to help work on your defense case.


What is entry into a locked vehicle?

Entry into a locked vehicle is prohibited by section 943.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  It indicates that “Whoever intentionally enters the locked and enclosed portion or compartment of the vehicle of another without consent and with intent to steal therefrom is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”

A few specific elements need to be proven before you can be convicted of the offense.  Specifically:

  1. The defendant intentionally entered the locked and enclosed portion or compartment of the vehicle of another;
  2. The defendant intentionally entered without the consent of a person authorized to give consent;
  3. The defendant knew that the vehicle belonged to another person and knew that the entry was without consent; and
  4. The defendant entered the vehicle/compartment with intent to steal.

Each element must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial in order for the defendant to be convicted.

Entry into a locked vehicle isn’t what you’re charged with if you steal a vehicle.  It’s what you’re charged with if you break into a vehicle to steal something.  For example, if the defendant broke into a locked car that belonged to someone else in order to steal a cell phone he’s likely to be charged with this crime.


How do we win my entry into a locked vehicle case?

We show that the State cannot prove one of the above-mentioned elements.  Or we attempt to exclude certain evidence at trial, forcing the State into a dismissal of charges.  Each case is different and requires us to plan a different case.  Witnesses are different, facts are different, and all circumstances are different.  At the initial consultation we can begin planning your defense.


Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. about your entry into a locked vehicle case.

An experienced criminal defense is invaluable if you’re facing a criminal charge.  You shouldn’t need to face the full power of the government on your.  Hire a skilled ally like criminal defense law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C..  Contact us immediately at (414) 270-0202 to discuss your case.  Our criminal defense staff answers phones 24/7, so call now.