Have you been accused of retail fraud or larceny in Oakland, Wayne or Macomb Counties? Do you believe that a misunderstanding could be behind the charges? Or perhaps an exaggerated tale or simply falsified claims led to your arrest? It is time to back up your side of the story with serious legal counsel. Contact a theft lawyer today and see why our Royal Oak criminal defense attorneys have become the premier choice for so many clients.
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Stealing anything of any value in Michigan is at least a misdemeanor charge and could be a felony. Even a $1 candy bar stuffed into a pocket on the way out of a convenience store is enough to be considered a crime, not an infraction as other states may choose to label it.
Penalties for Third-Degree Michigan Retail Fraud or Second-Degree Michigan Retail Fraud, may include:
As the law defines Third Degree Retail Fraud, anything valued under $200 constitutes this crime. Something stolen between $200 and $1,000 is Second-Degree Retail Fraud. The punishment is roughly four-times worse than Third Degree, hitting a jail time maximum of one year. Once the value of the stolen property exceeds $1,000 but does not exceed $20,000, felony theft has been committed. First Degree Retail Fraund also applies to most stolen automobile or machinery parts, regardless of value.
Criminal punishment for First-Degree Michigan Retail Fraud can include:
If you are convicted of retail fraud in any degree, your accuser can take you to civil claims court for any damages related to the crime, such as the value of the item taken if it is no longer in usable condition. There is also a statute in Michigan State law that applies specifically to theft taken from retail locations. Anyone convicted of taking a retail item must pay the store owner an amount equal to 10x the item’s retail value at the time of the theft. This restitution cannot be less than $50 but may not be greater than $200.
While having your charge or sentence reduced may be one solution to a criminal case, it is not ideal, and it is not our first choice. When you come to Rasor Law Firm, a tenacious and highly-experienced Royal Oak retail fraud lawyer can analyze your case from all angles, explore every possible defense option, and put in the extra effort to fight for a dismissal or not guilty verdict. Consult with our team today to learn more about all we can do to uphold your rights before the court.