Retail Fraud in the 52-1 District Court in Novi

Shoplifting is known as “retail fraud” in Michigan. The mistaken belief that someone must actually steal merchandise to be charged with retail fraud is a widespread misconception.

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Shoplifting and Retail Fraud Charges in Novi, Michigan

Shoplifting may be a common crime but make no mistake – this crime is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in Novi, Michigan. Too many clients, especially first-time offenders, approach their retail fraud charge flippantly, not realizing that the accused can receive a reduced punishment or a complete dismissal of charges by hiring the right Novi retail fraud attorney!

Did my crime constitute retail theft?

Many believe retail fraud or shoplifting occurs when someone walks out of a store without paying for an item. You may be surprised that retail fraud under Michigan law is much broader than shoplifting. For example, concealing merchandise and even attempting to leave a store with items will be charged as retail fraud in Novi. Retail theft also includes situations where a person takes an item they never paid for and attempts to return it to the store for store credit or a cash refund. The Oakland County prosecutor and the Novi city attorney prosecute shoplifters to the full extent of the law. Your best defense to an aggressive and harsh prosecutor is a well-respected, aggressive, and experienced Novi retail fraud attorney.

Consequences for Retail Fraud in Novi

A conviction for retail fraud can result in a jail or prison sentence, depending on the degree of the crime charged. Misdemeanor offenses carry a maximum sentence of 93 days or up to 1 year. Felony cases can result in up to five (5) years in prison and sometimes more, depending on the circumstances. In addition to jail time, a defendant can be sentenced to years of probation with drug/alcohol testing, therapy, classes, tether, fines, costs, reporting requirements, and more. A conviction may cause an immigrant to the United States to be deported, cost a person their job, a professional license, or be used in future court proceedings as evidence of dishonesty. In other words, a conviction must be avoided at all costs when possible.

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Hiring an Experienced Attorney is Essential

The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have handled retail theft cases in Michigan for decades and understand what drives an otherwise honest, good person to shoplift. From our role and experience in retail fraud cases, we can help clients facing retail theft charges, we understand that mental health issues, including depression, bipolar disorder, or kleptomania, explain why some commit retail theft. Some individuals get addicted to the “high” of stealing. We understand that these are good people who do not belong in jail!

On the other hand, we have successfully handled countless cases of false or exaggerated allegations. The stakes are even higher when a client is falsely accused of retail fraud and faces a conviction for a crime they did not commit.

Do Not Let Embarrassment or Emotion Prevent You From Making Smart Choices

We understand the embarrassment and fear you may feel as you face charges that could seriously impact your future. With LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., you will be treated with dignity and respect. We will take the time to explain your situation to you thoroughly and help you make the best decisions possible to avoid the consequences of a conviction. Call us for a free consultation, and a skilled, experienced Novi Retail Fraud attorney will speak to you confidentially and respectfully about your case.

52nd District Court – 1st Division is located in Novi and serves the Townships of White Lake, Rose, Highland, Milford, Lyon, Novi, and Commerce; Cities of Novi, South Lyon, Wixom, and Walled Lake; and Villages of Milford and Wolverine Lake.

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Retail Fraud Defense Law Firm – LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

If you face charges for retail fraud in Novi, Michigan, you do not have to worry. With the help of the Novi criminal defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., you can count on aggressive, experienced, and tenacious legal representation that knows retail fraud inside and out. You can rest assured that you are receiving the highest possible level of representation the state of Michigan has to offer. We have extensive experience representing clients in the 52-1 District Court in Novi, Michigan.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

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