Retail fraud in the taking of property from a store without permission and without paying for it.
A more common name for retail fraud is shoplifting. Retail fraud can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the property taken. It can also be charged as a felony if a person has a prior retail fraud conviction without consideration of the value of the property. If you are convicted of retail fraud a sentence could include any number of things — incarceration, fines and costs, counseling, drug and alcohol testing, theft prevention classes, lengthy probation and not being allowed to return to the store where the offense occurred, among other things. However, there is an unseen penalty that can cause the most damage to a person. That is the effect of having a theft conviction on your criminal history. This will cause problems for seeking, keeping and retaining a job.
Employers, in general, are not inclined to hire a person that is “a thief”. This is not a penalty that you are advised of while in court – it is a side effect of your conviction and one that it extremely important to your future. This is why it is so important to have an expert legal team working to protect you.
Have You Been Charged with Shoplifting or Retail Fraud?
The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. are experts in the area of helping people facing criminal charges of all kinds. Our experienced Michigan attorneys practice statewide and have the reputation of being experienced, aggressive, respected and “not afraid to win”. They are in the state and federal courts in Michigan almost daily. The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. will pursue every possible defense available to protect you. We will not stop fighting until the best possible result is reached. If you have any questions, please call us at (248) 263-6800. We look forward to speaking to you.