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If you are charged with theft, robbery or armed robbery, you need an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney to fight for your rights. If convicted, you could be facing anything from probation to many years or even life in prison.

Penalties for Theft and Robbery are Severe
There are serious consequences of a theft or robbery conviction; long-term loss of freedom or a permanent criminal record are just a few of the many penalties associated with theft and armed robbery charges. And prosecutors are aggressive in trying to get a conviction.

Theft is when you take property that belongs to someone else. Robbery is a type of theft where the accused uses force, intimidation, and/or violence to take someone else's property. Armed robbery involves the use of a weapon or just making believe you have a weapon. Armed robbery is one of the most serious charges a person can face and the accused will almost always be charged with felony firearm which will add a mandatory 2 years to the sentence.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud is not only against state law, it could also carry federal penalties as well. A conviction for this type of fraud carries significant penalties, which can include large fines and lengthy prison terms. The How harsh the penalty will depend on the severity of the offense, whether it was a one-time event or an ongoing pattern of behavior, and your criminal history. If you find yourself facing charges for credit card fraud, you will need legal representation that is dedicated to helping you, has experience in defending against Credit Card Fraud and is aggressive in seeking a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you.

Schmierlaw understands that just being accused of a crime does not mean that person is guilty, We believe in “innocent until proven guilty,” and are committed to providing you the best criminal defense possible.

Anyone can find themselves being investigated for credit card fraud. If you find yourself in that position, the first thing to do is make sure you have a good defense attorney to help you right from the beginning. We know how to properly attack the argument the prosecution will make; we will examine the facts, determine if you had the right to use the card, challenge any witness, and demand the Prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did what you are accused of doing. And when necessary, we will work negotiate with the Prosecutor for a reduction in charges to give you the best outcome possible and have the least impact on your life.


Larceny is a crime of dishonesty and you could face severe penalties. You could go to jail, be shut out of many jobs, and even lose your children. You need an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney to defend your rights.

In Michigan, a person commits a larceny by stealing money, goods, or other property of value that belongs to another.

Punishment for Larceny for can be very severe and it depends on the value of the items taken:

  • If the property stolen has a value more than $20,000 or you have 2 or more prior Larceny convictions, you could face 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater
  • If the property stolen has a value more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 or you have 1 or more prior Larceny convictions, you could face 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater
  • If the property stolen has a value more than $200 but less than $1,000, you could face a 1 year misdemeanor and a $2,000 fine or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater
  • If the property stolen has a value of less than $200.00, you could charged with a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days and/or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater

Larceny is a crime of dishonesty and you could face severe penalties. You could go to jail, be shut out of many jobs, and even lose your children. You need an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney to defend your rights.

Retail Fraud/Shoplifting

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.

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.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime that has grown in public awareness over the last decade and especially with computers becoming increasingly vulnerable to data breaches. As essential identifying information for individuals has moved more and more to online storage and more transactions occur online, people have become much more concerned about the possibility of identity theft. This has increased the pressure on the police, prosecutors, and the courts to take a tougher stance on those facing Identity Theft charges.

You can face identity theft charges if you do any of the following

  • Knowingly use the personal identifying information, financial identifying information, or financial device of another person with permission or lawful authority to obtain cash, credit, property, services, or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment. Examples include stealing and using a credit card or applying for credit using another person’s personal information.
  • Helping someone else do the same things without permission. An example would be stealing a person’s credit card information and giving it to someone else who intends to use the information to get a fraudulent credit card
  • To make or alter a financial device containing personal information of another person. An example is copying a person’s credit card information when he or she is making an intentional purchase, so you can later use the information to illegally make a purchase.

Identity theft cases crimes tend to be difficult and you need an experienced attorney who has experience in this type of crime. Law enforcement has probably spent weeks or longer building their case. You need to be equally prepared to defend your rights.

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