Compassionate, dedicated and highly effective
Retail Fraud Defense Attorney for Oakland County
If you are researching retail fraud in Oakland County or attorneys to help you with a felony or misdemeanor charge in the Oakland County Circuit Court or any of the local district courts, you are probably getting a quick education on how tough prosecutors and judges are in that jurisdiction. In fact, many out of county lawyers will not even agree to take a case in Oakland County because the cases can be so hard for them to be successful in this tightly-knit community.
Because of these challenges, the retail fraud defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have spent decades developing the most highly effective strategies for achieving positive resolutions to these cases for our clients. When an individual is facing the possibility of jail, extensive probation, fines and other penalties, we will do whatever is necessary to get the case resolved with the least possible consequence. In many cases, even when it seems impossible, we are able to obtain outright dismissals of all charges.
Oakland County Shoplifting Charges
Retail fraud, also known as shoplifting, can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the item(s) in question and any criminal history of the defendant. The three potential charges are:
- First Degree Retail Fraud – Felony – up to 5 years prison
- Second Degree Retail Fraud – Misdemeanor – up to 1 year in jail
- Third Degree Retail Fraud – Misdemeanor – up to 93 days in jail
This offense is not always based upon an allegation that a suspect took an item from a store without paying. The statute covers a wide variety of conduct that an unsuspecting individual may inadvertently or carelessly commit. Other actions which may result in a retail fraud charge in Oakland County may include price switching, concealing of merchandise or an illegitimate return.
Defendant’s in Oakland County Retail Fraud Cases
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has represented hundreds of clients on retail fraud charges in Oakland County over the past several decades. There is no such thing as a “typical” retail fraud defendant. Our clients have ranged from doctors, lawyers and business professionals to nurses, engineers and students. The incomes of individuals charged ranges from the wealthy to the working class and from the highly educated to those individuals without a degree. Finally, most of those individuals who hire us have no prior record and are dealing with an issue in the criminal justice system for the first time.
In some cases the client is falsely accused and the defense strategy involves working towards an acquittal or a full dismissal of charges. In most other cases, a closer examination of the client and the reason for the offense becomes important. We find that extreme stress, family trouble, difficulties or extreme responsibility at work or school, postpartum depression, or other stressful circumstance are usually more to blame for some act of impulsiveness rather than dishonesty or greed.
What will happen with a retail fraud in Oakland County?
Most importantly, you should know that you DO NOT have to go to jail or lose your income, professional license or your family. We can help you. Even when it seems like the odds are stacked against you and the road looks all uphill, we will have your back and fight for you when no one else can or will. We are virtually always successful in keeping clients out of jail. In an incredible number of cases, we can even keep a conviction from being entered on your record. Judges have a track record of loading up probationers with daunting, time-consuming and expensive terms and conditions of probation. We will take the time to prepare your case in such a way as to minimize or eliminate any obligations that may be imposed so that you can live your life with little interference.
What retail fraud defense attorney is best for you in Oakland County?
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. specialize in criminal defense and have done so for many decades. Whether your case is pending in the Oakland County Circuit Court or any of the local district courts, we are ready, willing and able to provide you the highest possible level of legal representation. We will treat you with dignity and compassion. We will always return your calls and emails and take the time to inform you of the progress of your case and answer all of your questions. Most importantly…we are not afraid to win!
Call us today for a free consultation at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and a seriously experienced criminal defense lawyer from Oakland County will promptly contact you directly.
- 6th Circuit Court – Oakland County
1200 N. Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341
- 43rd District Court-Hazel Park – Oakland (D43~1)
43 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
- 43rd District Court-Ferndale – Oakland (D43~2)
305 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
- 43rd District Court-Madison Heights – Oakland (D43~3)
200 W. Thirteen Mile Rd.
Madison Heights, MI 48071
- 44th District Court – Royal Oak – Oakland (D44)
400 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48068
- 44th District Court – Berkley – Oakland (D44)
Berkley, MI 48072
- 45th District Court – Oakland (D45)
13600 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237
- 46th District Court – Oakland (D46)
26000 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076
- 47th District Court – Oakland (D47)
31605 W. Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
- 48th District Court – Oakland (D48)
4280 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
- 50th District Court – Oakland (D50)
70 N. Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
- 51st District Court – Oakland (D51)
5100 Civic Center Drive
Waterford, MI 48329
- 52nd District Court – Novi – Oakland (D52-1)
48150 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374
- 52nd District Court – Clarkston – Oakland (D52-2)
Clarkston, MI 48346
- 52nd District Court – Rochester Hills – Oakland (D52-3)
700 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
- 52nd District Court – Troy – Oakland (D52-4)
520 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084