Theft Charges In Michigan
It goes without saying, though I’ll say it anyway, that stealing in Michigan is illegal. However, there are a wide variety of “theft charges” in Michigan that, depending on the circumstances, are likely to lead to penalties as serious as lengthy prison sentences to less severe penalties like probation and community service. Regardless of what you have been charged with, it is important to consult with an attorney to find out whether your rights have been adhered to, whether you are guilty of a crime at all, and if so, whether you have been charged with the correct crime.
Theft is the classic ‘crime against property’ and is understood to refer to the taking of a person’s property without permission. Legally speaking, however, it has many definitions, and can refer to more than one category, and multiple degrees, of crimes. Generally, however, there are two elements: the taking of someone else’s property, and the intent to deprive the victim of the property permanently.
Common Theft Offenses in Michigan
The most common theft offenses in Michigan can be divided into three different categories: retail fraud, larceny and robbery. These offenses are charged with varying degrees and penalties based upon the circumstances surrounding the offense. Theft charges can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the specifics of the crime details.
Probably the most common theft offense is retail fraud. Retail fraud is covers those thefts made in a store, and the severity of the punishment is based upon the value of what was taken. It should be noted that a wide variety of actions may justify a retail fraud charge. For example, switching price tags on similar items would justify such a charge. Larceny can be thought of as stealing from someone else (not a store). Again, the seriousness of the offense charged and the potential penalties are dependent on the value of what was taken. If you’ve been charged with Michigan retail fraud-1st degree or retail fraud-3rd degree it’s imperative that you contact a criminal attorney today.
Finally, robbery is the most serious charge involving theft in Michigan as it requires the threat of, or use of, force to accomplish the taking. The presence of aggravating factors like brandishing a weapon, injuring another person, etc. will determine whether an offender is charged with robbery, and if so, to what degree.
Theft Charges Attorneys in Michigan
Felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses involving theft and property can result in a criminal record that may follow you for a lifetime. You will need to hire an an experienced criminal attorney right away. Theft and property crimes cover a wide variety of criminal offenses, from shoplifting to armed robbery and writing a bad check to embezzlement. The dollar value of the theft or the amount of property damage that occurs is often the determining factor in the prosecutor’s decision to charge a suspect with a felony or a misdemeanor. The attorneys at Goldman & Associates have successfully represented people charged with theft and property crimes throughout the Metro Detroit area, including:
Because a conviction of a theft offense, even a misdemeanor theft offense, can follow a person for a lifetime, it is critical to hire an experienced attorney with a successful record of handling these types of cases. If you or a loved one is facing a theft allegation, contact one of the experienced attorneys at Goldman & Associates today. It is your good name and reputation at stake.
Contact a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Do you have questions about felony theft charges? Goldman & Associates are aggressive criminal defense attorneys dedicated to providing its clients with top-notch legal services at a reasonable price. We know the law, we know the judges and we know the prosecutors; and we can let you know whether it makes sense for you fight through trial, make a plea deal with the prosecution or begin preparing for sentencing. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.
Michigan Theft Charges Law Facts
Michigan law refers to theft as ‘larceny.’ This includes the taking of property that belongs to another person, and includes money, goods, receipts, real estate deeds, and public records. In Michigan, larceny is broken up into both felonies and misdemeanors, depending on the value of the property stolen and the circumstances of the crime.
Find Out How Michigan Theft Charges Lawyers Can Help You
All theft charges especially felony ones are serious as they can leave a permanent stain on one’s criminal record. A felony theft charge is the serious and requires legal assistance immediately. The surrounding circumstances of your situation will determine whether you are charged with retail fraud, larceny or robbery; and to what degree you will be charged. If you have been arrested for stealing, contact our office to determine whether you are guilty of a crime, and if so, whether you have been charged with the correct one. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for our clients. Call us today and find out how we can help you.