Detroit & Michigan Retail Fraud and Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Being stopped in a store and being arrested for shoplifting or retai fraud is one of most embarrassing things that could ever happen to you. You will be stopped by store security, escorted to the store office, the police will be called, and you could be walked out of the store in handcuffs for everyone to see.

Shoplifting or Retail Fraud is taking, or even just moving, store property that is for sale and doing so without the intention of paying for it. While some may consider taking property from a store, no big deal, it is considered a crime of dishonesty and could have a huge impact on your ability to get a job, get admitted into college, or merely be considered an honest and truthful person.,

It is important to hire an attorney who will aggressively work to properly handle your case, protect your rights, and reduce the impact a shoplifting or retail fraud charge will have on you and your record.

Shoplifting
Store owners put great pressure on prosecutors to punish individuals who take or just intend to take merchandise. So even if you don’t make it out the door, you still can be charged with Retail Fraud or shoplifting. Retail Fraud also includes switching one price tag for another just to get a better deal.

Punishment for Retail Fraud or Shoplifting
All Retail Fraud charges come with consequences. Shoplifting is serious and the charges will depend on how much the property is worth and/or your past criminal record.

Retail Fraud Third Degree: If the value of the merchandise is less than $200.00 and this is your first offense, you will be charged with 3rd Degree Retail Fraud. This is punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 and/or up to 93 days in jail. Often times, however, an experienced defense attorney can negotiate a plea deal where the judge may take the case under advisement that includes probation. Or sometimes, an experienced attorney can get the court to dismiss the charges entirely, if the terms of probation are successfully completed. In that case, your record will remain clean.

Retail Fraud Second Degree: If the value of the merchandise is greater than $200.00 and less than $1000.00 or this is your second offense, you will be charged with 2nd Degree Retail Fraud. This is a high court misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $2000.00 and/or up to 1 year in jail.

Retail Fraud First Degree: If the the value of the merchandise is greater than $1000.00 or this is your third offense, you could be charged with First Degree Retail Fraud. This is a felony and you could go to prison for up to 5 years plus fines up to $10,000.00

Additional Civil Sanctions: You are also liable to the merchant for civil penalties. This includes restitution for any goods that are taken and not returned so they could be sold. In addition, in a couple weeks you will received a bill from the store's lawyer for $200. This is a civil fine, is legal and you avoid getting sued by them for damages. A payment plan can be arranged.

An Experienced Retail Fraud Attorney Can Lessen the Impact a Retail Fraud Charge May Have
Most stores are very careful when accusing someone of shoplifting or retail fraud; they know they face a huge lawsuit if they accuse someone who is innocent. Most always there is in-store video, still shots of the defendant, and testimony from loss prevention employees, other employees, or even other shoppers who witness the crime. With all that evidence, You need an experienced retail fraud and shoplifting attorney who can look at all the testimonial evidence, review any video and photographic evidence, and provide you with the finest legal advise so you can determine your best course of action.

At the Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC we have the legal expertise to properly represent and defend you if you are charged with Retail Fraud or shoplifting. And even if there is a conviction, an experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a diversion program for first time offenders.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense and Drunk Driving/ DUI attorney providing legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

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