Top Retail Fraud Attorneys in Oakland County

Compassionate, Dedicated and Highly Effective Retail Fraud Defense Attorney in Oakland County, Michigan

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys - Lewis & Dickstein PLLC

Your Best Shoplifting Defense in 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 the tough reputation of Oakland County prosecutors and judges. Many out of county lawyers are reluctant to take a case in Oakland County because it can be hard for them to achieve favorable results.

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 favorable 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 can 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 merchandise and if the defendant has a criminal history. 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

The allegation is not always that a person took an item from a store without paying. The retail fraud statute covers a wide variety of conduct that an unsuspecting individual may inadvertently or carelessly commit. Other actions that may result in a retail fraud charge in Oakland County may include moving merchandise in a “suspicious way,” 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 range 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.

When a store falsely accuses our client of retail fraud, our defense strategy involves doing everything possible to work 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 essential. We find that extreme stress, family trouble, difficulties, or unusual responsibility at work or school, postpartum depression, or other stressful circumstances are usually more to blame for some act of impulsiveness rather than dishonesty or greed.

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys

What will happen with a retail fraud charge 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 prevent 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 probation conditions so that you can live your life with little interference.

Oakland County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Why hire Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. for Retail Fraud Defense in Oakland County?

The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. specialize in criminal defense and have done so for 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!

  • Decades of Experience
  • Track Record of Avoiding Jail and Convictions
  • Nationally Honored and Recognized –
    • SuperLawyer – Thomson Reuters
    • 10.0 Superb – Avvo
    • AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell
    • Lead Counsel Rated – LawInfo
    • Client Distinction Award – LexisNexis
    • Top Attorneys in Michigan – As published in the New York Times and Crane’s Detroit Business
  • Respected by Judges and Prosecutors
  • Passionate, Tenacious and Compassionate Representation

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.

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

Contact Us - Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 6th Circuit Court – Oakland County
    1200 N. Telegraph Road
    Pontiac, MI 48341
    (248) 858-0345
  • 43rd District Court-Hazel Park – Oakland (D43~1)
    43 E. Nine Mile Rd.
    Hazel Park, MI 48030
    (248) 547-3034
  • 43rd District Court-Ferndale – Oakland (D43~2)
    305 E. Nine Mile Rd.
    Ferndale, MI 48220
    (248) 547-8700
  • 43rd District Court-Madison Heights – Oakland (D43~3)
    200 W. Thirteen Mile Rd.
    Madison Heights, MI 48071
    (248) 583-1800
  • 44th District Court – Royal Oak – Oakland (D44)
    400 E. 11 Mile Road
    Royal Oak, MI 48068
    (248) 246-3600
  • 44th District Court – Berkley – Oakland (D44)
    3338 Coolidge
    Berkley, MI 48072
    (248) 658-3400
  • 45th District Court – Oakland (D45)
    13600 Oak Park Blvd.
    Oak Park, MI 48237
    (248) 691-7433
  • 46th District Court – Oakland (D46)
    26000 Evergreen Rd.
    Southfield, MI 48076
    (248) 796-5800
  • 47th District Court – Oakland (D47)
    31605 W. Eleven Mile Road
    Farmington Hills, MI 48336
    (248) 871-2900
  • 48th District Court – Oakland (D48)
    4280 Telegraph Rd.
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
    (248) 647-1141
  • 50th District Court – Oakland (D50)
    70 N. Saginaw
    Pontiac, MI 48342
    (248) 758-3800
  • 51st District Court – Oakland (D51)
    5100 Civic Center Drive
    Waterford, MI 48329
    (248) 674-4655
  • 52nd District Court – Novi – Oakland (D52-1)
    48150 Grand River Ave.
    Novi, MI 48374
    (248) 305-6080
  • 52nd District Court – Clarkston – Oakland (D52-2)
    5850 Lorac
    Clarkston, MI 48346
    (248) 625-4888
  • 52nd District Court – Rochester Hills – Oakland (D52-3)
    700 Barclay Circle
    Rochester Hills, MI 48307
    (248) 853-5553
  • 52nd District Court – Troy – Oakland (D52-4)
    520 W. Big Beaver Road
    Troy, MI 48084
    (248) 528-0400