Shoplifting Attorneys in Michigan – Retail Fraud

Retail fraud in Michigan, or what is widely known as shoplifting, can have serious consequences for those caught and convicted. Jail time may be a possibility depending on the circumstances of a particular case, probation is going to be imposed, and restitute, fines and costs can be expensive. If you have been arrested for retail fraud in Michigan, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through your criminal prosecution.

Retail Fraud in Michigan

There are three degrees of retail fraud / shoplifting in Michigan: first, second and third. Each count of retail fraud provides for the same conduct. The only thing that distinguishes one count from the other two is the value of that which was taken or gained by the defendant. Those who swindle a store out of more than $1,000.00 may be charged with first degree retail fraud. Those who receive value from their criminal behavior in an amount that is more than $200.00 but less than $1,000.00 may be charged with second degree retail fraud. Those who receive a benefit valued at less than $200.00 may be charged with third degree retail fraud.

Ramifications

First degree retail fraud is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or may receive a fine of up to $10,000.00 or no more than 3 times the value of what they stole. Second degree retail fraud is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail and/or may receive a fine of up to $2,000.00 or no more than 3 times the value of what they stole. Finally, third degree retail fraud is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or may receive a fine of up to $300.00 or no more than 3 times the value of what they stole.

Contact a Michigan Shoplifting Attorney Today

As you can see, the penalties for shoplifting in Michigan can be very serious. Aside from the penalties imposed by statute, one must consider the impact such a charge will have on a reputation. Akiva Goldman & Associates are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Metro Detroit. We can let you know whether you have a legitimate defense, or we can help you make a deal to keep you out of jail and/or keep your criminal record clean at the completion of probation. Contact us today for a free consultation at 586-268-2400.

Get Help From Our Top Shoplifting / Retail Fraud Attorneys

Shoplifting, or retail fraud, is a crime that many people incorrectly assume is not serious. The truth is that jail is possible, fines and costs are likely to be expensive, and probation is going to be imposed. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through this process. Contact Goldman & Associates today to find out what can be done in your case.  Our expert lawyers can help you today.


What you need to know – What Is Shoplifting

Shoplifting refers to the theft of goods from a retail establishment, and is one of the most common crimes. Shoplifting regulations differ based on jurisdiction, and sometimes involve efforts by retailers to stop crimes themselves.

Michigan Shoplifting Law Facts

In Michigan, shoplifting or retail fraud is broken up into three categories, depending on the value of the stolen items. These different degrees of shoplifting carry with them different fines and penalties. Significantly, however, if there is evidence that shoplifting activity was part of a larger plot – ‘organized shoplifting’ – the offense can be considered a felony and carry with it greatly increased criminal penalties.