Retail Fraud Is Not Just a Civil Matter

Retail Fraud: A Crime with Severe Consequences

Retail fraud, also known as shoplifting, is a common charge in Michigan and Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience dealing with it. If you are looking for information about the charge online, it is already time to hire an attorney.

Civil Liability ≠ Criminal Liability

We have seen many clients in the past with situations similar to this Gavel Scales and Law Bookshypothetical: John is apprehended leaving a store like Meijer or Nordstrom while taking items for which he has not paid. The store’s loss prevention officer takes back the merchandise, informs John that he is no longer welcome at the store, and John receives a letter demanding $200 in civil damages. John pays and believes the matter is resolved, but he later finds out that the court has a warrant out for his arrest.

Get Ahead of the Situation

If you believe that the police may know that you have been apprehended at a store for attempting to steal goods, it is foolish to wait for the other shoe to drop. Now is the time to call Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.. We will investigate the situation and help you determine the best course of action moving forward. If charges do come, we will arrange to have you appear in court voluntarily, as opposed to being arrested, demonstrating to the judge that you take the situation seriously and with respect for the law.

Protect Your Reputation

A retail fraud conviction can have dire consequences on your future beyond the possible jail time, fines, and court costs that the judgment initially brings. Your job may be at risk if your employment involves being entrusted with valuable information or property and potential employers may refuse to consider you for positions that require such responsibilities. If you have been accused of stealing items from a store in Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, or anywhere else in Michigan, it is time to take matters into your own hands. Call Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you find the best possible solution to your problem.