Michigan Shoplifting Defense Attorneys
If you are charged with shoplifting, call for a free consultation with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. – experienced, dedicated and highly effective retail fraud defense attorneys in Michigan.
Shoplifting is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in the State of Michigan. Shoplifting is more commonly referred to as Retail Fraud. An expert Shoplifting Defense Attorney can help you avoid jail, minimize probation, achieve an acquittal or maybe even obtain a full dismissal of all charges. The Retail Fraud Defense Attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are prepared to help you right now!
Retail Fraud Prosecution – How it works
To prove a charge of shoplifting, the prosecution must prove several elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Aside from the value of the property, the elements of Retail Fraud are identical between first, second and third-degree Retail Fraud.
First, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant took control of some property that the store offered for sale. Second, the prosecutor must show that the defendant moved the property. Many people think that the defendant must have removed the property from the store but the law in Michigan is that “any movement is enough.” The law further indicates that “it does not matter whether the defendant actually got the property past the cashier or out of the store.”
If the prosecutor can prove that the defendant took the property and that he or she moved the property, the prosecution must then prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to steal the property. Intent to steal means the defendant intended to permanently take the property from the store without the store’s consent.
The incident must either take place inside the store or in the immediate area around the store and it must have happened while the store was open to the public.
The last element the prosecution must prove is the collective value of the property in question. If the value was $1,000 or more, the charge is First Degree Shoplifting, a felony, and the defendant can receive a sentence in prison. If the value was $200 or more, but less than $1,000, the offense is Second Degree Shoplifting, a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail. Finally, if the value is less than $200, the offense is Shoplifting Third Degree, and the maximum possible sentence is up to 93 days in jail.
What would otherwise be a Shoplifting second or third degree can be enhanced to a Retail Fraud first degree if the defendant has prior Shoplifting convictions.
Retail Fraud Defense
Shoplifting Defense Lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have handled several hundred shoplifting cases throughout Michigan. They have also represented a multitude of clients who were not citizens of the United States and are facing deportation or other immigration consequences because Shoplifting is considered under immigration law to be a crime involving moral turpitude which can result in deportation.
One of the most common questions that are asked during consultation with potential clients in shoplifting cases is whether the client will have to serve jail time. The answer to that question is complex and dependent upon a multiplicity of factors but the Shoplifting criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can regularly help their clients avoid any jail or prison time in shoplifting cases.
If you or a loved one is charged with or being accused of committing a Retail Fraud, call (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation with a highly experienced shoplifting defense attorney. Feel free to fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.
The court’s in Southeastern Michigan where defendants are regularly charged with Shoplifting include, but are not limited to:
In Oakland County
52-1 District Court in Novi Shoplifting Defense Attorney
52-2 District Court in Clarkston Shoplifting Defense Attorney
52-3 District Court in Rochester Shoplifting Defense Attorney
52-4 District Court in Troy Shoplifting Defense Attorney
35th District Court in Plymouth Shoplifting Defense Attorney
43rd District Court in Hazel Park Shoplifting Defense Attorney
43rd District Court in Madison Heights Shoplifting Defense Attorney
43rd District Court in Ferndale Shoplifting Defense Attorney
44th District Court in Royal Oak Shoplifting Defense Attorney
45-B District Court in Oak Park Shoplifting Defense Attorney
46th District Court in Southfield Shoplifting Defense Attorney
47th District Court in Farmington Hills Shoplifting Defense Attorney
48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills Shoplifting Defense Attorney
50th District Court in Pontiac Shoplifting Defense Attorney
51st District Court in Waterford Shoplifting Defense Attorney
38th District Court – Eastpointe
39th District Court – Roseville
40th District Court – St. Clair Shores
41A District Court – Sterling Heights
41A District Court – Shelby Township
42nd District Court – Romeo
42nd District Court – New Baltimore
41B District Court – Mt. Clemens
16th District Court – Livonia Shoplifting Defense Attorney
17th District Court – Redford Shoplifting Defense Attorney
18th District Court – Westland Shoplifting Defense Attorney
19th District Court – Dearborn Shoplifting Defense Attorney
20th District Court – Dearborn Heights Shoplifting Defense Attorney
21st District Court – Garden City Shoplifting Defense Attorney
22nd District Court – Inkster Shoplifting Defense Attorney
23rd District Court – Taylor Shoplifting Defense Attorney
24th District Court – Allen Park and Melvindale Shoplifting Defense Attorney
25th District Court – Lincoln Park Shoplifting Defense Attorney
26-1 District Court – River Rouge Shoplifting Defense Attorney
26-2 District Court – Ecorse Shoplifting Defense Attorney
27 District Court – Wyandotte Shoplifting Defense Attorney
27 District Court – Riverview Shoplifting Defense Attorney
28 District Court – Southgate Shoplifting Defense Attorney
29 District Court – Wayne Shoplifting Defense Attorney
30 District Court – Highland Park Shoplifting Defense Attorney
31 District Court – Hamtramck Shoplifting Defense Attorney
32A District Court – Harper Woods Shoplifting Defense Attorney
33rd District Court – Trenton, Rockwood, Flat Rock, Woodhaven, Brownstown, Grosse Ile.
34th District Court – Romulus, Belleville Shoplifting Defense Attorney
35th District Court – Northville, Plymouth, Canton Township Shoplifting Defense Attorney
36th District Court – Detroit Shoplifting Defense Attorney
In Livingston County:
53rd District Court – Howell Shoplifting Defense Attorney
In Washtenaw County:
14A District Court – Ypsilanti Township Shoplifting Defense Attorney
14B District Court – Balance of Washtenaw County Shoplifting Defense Attorney