The very best shoplifting defense in Rochester Hills, Michigan can be found with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C, one of the top legal firms in the area. Since 1995 we have represented thousands of clients facing everything from domestic violence to DUI to shoplifting charges. We stand apart from other law firms in that we take the time to develop strong relationships of trust and understanding with our clients. If you are in need of a shoplifting defense in Michigan, know that we will work tirelessly to protect your rights, fighting for charges to be dropped or a lessened sentence.
Non-judgmental representation can be hard to find
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C not only understand Michigan law and the various strategies for defending clients, but they also understand what drives a person to commit a crime of this nature. Psychological studies on shoplifting and kleptomania show that most shoplifters are rarely motivated by greed or poverty. Depression and anxiety are the driving factors in most cases. Our attorneys fight to keep repeat offenders out of prison, since we do not feel that individuals struggling with feelings of depression belong behind bars.
What consequences do I face if convicted?
Under Michigan Penal Code, shoplifters face varying degrees of punishment, faced on the degree of the crime. First degree retail fraud is considered a felony and includes up to 5 years of prison and up to 5 years of probation. A second degree retail fraud conviction is considered a misdemeanor and can include up to 1 year of jail time and up to 2 years of probation. A third degree retail fraud, also a misdemeanor, can carry up to 93 days in jail and up to 2 years of probation. For previous convictions and co-occurring criminal offenses, the accused is looking at even more serious consequences. Probation for a retail fraud conviction will include drug and alcohol testing (even if drugs and alcohol played no part in the offense), mental health therapy, an educational program, reporting to a probation officer, community service and more. Although many defendants are sentenced to jail terms, incarceration is not mandatory for any retail fraud conviction and a good lawyer gives you the best chance of avoiding jail or prison.
The Retail Fraud Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C
With care and empathy, we personalize a defense strategy for each individual client. The defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully defending and protecting individuals charged with retail fraud in Rochester Hills, Michigan. For the best representation Michigan has to offer, please contact the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We look forward to helping you!