When a police officer accuses you of a crime, it does not matter if you committed the crime, it is still daunting. If he or she says that there is proof, you may not want to believe it right away. In Wisconsin, theft can be a serious crime. With facial recognition technology becoming more popular, you may be wondering how accurate it is in finding suspects. 

What are the penalties for theft? 

The value of the stolen property determines the classification of the offense. For instance, thefts of property with a value of less than $2,500 constitute a misdemeanor. For misdemeanor thefts, there are two maximum penalty options: a $10,000 fine or nine months in jail. 

It is also possible for you to receive a fine and jail time for misdemeanor theft. In addition, a person may face probation instead of jail time or a fine. This is up to the court. Penalties for felony offenses, on the other hand, are more difficult to narrow down. 

A felony theft’s sentence depends on the value of the stolen property. The higher the property value, the higher the sentence is likely to be. Additionally, whom you commit a crime against matters. For instance, if you steal property from a protected class, it can increase the penalty. It can even turn a misdemeanor into a felony. Likewise, if you have a weapon with you at the time of the theft, it can become a felony. 

Is facial recognition proof? 

If an officer finds you via facial recognition software, does this mean that you were there? According to Forbes, studies show that facial recognition software fails to accurately identify people of color. If the technology cannot accurately identify a person, and if officers use facial recognition as a basis for finding a person, how is it fair? Misidentification can be responsible for wrongful convictions. 

There are also privacy issues involved with facial recognition. One concern is there are not enough federal regulations in regards to facial recognition.