Retail Fraud, commonly known as shoplifting, is a serious charge that could land you in jail. If you have been charged with retail fraud, our attorneys will vigorously defend you and attempt to dismiss or reduce your charges.
The Michigan Criminal Code lists three degrees of retail fraud. Each degree is based on the value of the stolen property. If convicted, the penalties you will face increase with each degree:
First Degree Retail Fraud: Property Value: $1,000 or higher.
Maximum penalty: 5 years in jail, repayment of three times the amount of the property or $10,000 whichever is the higher amount.
Second Degree Retail Fraud: Property Value: $200 up to $1000.
Maximum Penalty: 1 year jail time, a fine of $2,000 or three times the amount of the property or $2,000 whichever is the higher amount.
Third Degree Retail Fraud: Property Value: below $200.
The conviction could result in 93 days in jail, a fine of $500 or three times the amount of the property value whichever is the higher amount.
If Retail Fraud is committed during other criminal activity the charges will vary. These charges are also depending on the store being open at the time of the incident. Even switching price tags on an item at the store could be considered retail fraud.
The attorneys at Davison Legal Associates, P.C. work on getting our clients a reduced charge or even getting convictions off of your record. If you have been charged with retail fraud, call our office for a consultation.