Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
The law technically states that if you find something, not on someone's private property, you can keep it. They are then deemed to have "disowned" it. It's the same reason why law enforcement can go through your trash for evidence but not your home without a warrant. Once its in the trash you are deemed to have discarded it and any claim of ownership to it. And I don't believe you have to make an effort to find its rightful owner. Although ethically or morally you might, legally you do not have to (like the people that find a huge sum of money and then turn it into the police).
Could you please
provide links to Wisconsin's state or local "finders keepers" law you keep referring to???? There's a huge difference between police going thru someone's trash/garbage and someone finding a valuable item that was lost/stolen such as a $1,000,000 diamond necklace or a dog.
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