Michigan Retail Fraud Lawyer
MICHIGAN RETAIL FRAUD ATTORNEY
Some people perceive retail fraud or “shoplifting” as a relatively minor charge. In fact, it is a serious matter. A retail fraud conviction in Michigan could result in a misdemeanor or felony record that may negatively affect future employment opportunities, as well as financial options; including, but not limited to acquiring federal student loans.
Removing anything from a store without paying for it or attempting to do so is considered retail fraud. If someone tries to misrepresent the sale price of store property (perhaps by switching tags), get a fraudulent refund, or work with an employee to commit theft, it is also considered retail fraud.
Types Of Michigan Retail Fraud
The Michigan Penal Code categorizes retail fraud into several types:
- First-Degree Retail Fraud – for property valued at more than $1,000. A felony conviction with up to 5 years of jail time, plus up to $5,000 in fines (or three times the value of the identified property) is possible.
- Second-Degree Retail Fraud – for property valued between $200-$1,000. A misdemeanor conviction with up to a year of jail time and up to $2,000 in fines (or three times the value of the identified property) is possible.
- Third-Degree Retail Fraud – for property valued below $200. A misdemeanor conviction with up to 93 days of jail time and up to $500 in fines (or three times the value of the identified property) is possible.
Your Rights If Charges With Michigan Retail Fraud
You should be aware that a store has the right to detain a suspect for a “reasonable” amount of time. They may also demand monetary compensation. But the accused has rights, too, and the sooner professional legal counsel is retained, the better.
How Our Michigan Retail Fraud Lawyers Can Help
If you’ve been charged with Michigan retail fraud, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney protecting your rights. Whether the act was committed intentionally or accidentally, whether there have been previous charges or this is a first offense, call the Friedman Law Firm today at 248-932-0900 or email us. We will do everything we can to keep you out of jail, get the charge reduced, or have it dismissed entirely, if appropriate.