Retail Fraud, Theft Charges

There are three degrees of Retail Fraud in Michigan. A first offense, if the dollar amount is under $200 is called retail fraud 3rd degree. A second offense or if the dollar value is between $200 and $1,000 and a retail fraud 1st offense, (which is a felony) is charged when the dollar amount stolen is over $1,00 or if the offense is the person’s third or more. Don’t take these charges lightly. I had a client once who was on parole for a 3 1/2 – 30 year sentence for her 6th felony for retail fraud. These things can get serious.

Even though accusations of theft can surface from various circumstances, it is imperative that you not take these allegations lightly. In Michigan, the offenses related to theft are often labelled as crimes of moral turpitude or dishonesty, and you might be surprised to discover how big of an affect these repercussions can have in your life not just today but also in the future.

For example, a theft conviction can prevent you from gaining employment, receiving loans, renting an apartment, and even negatively affect your ability to get accepted into colleges and graduate schools. Even if you were wrongfully accused, or avoid jail time entirely, a guilty verdict remains as a permanent mark on your criminal record that can haunt you for the rest of your life.

Grand Rapids Theft Defense Lawyer

The severity of the consequences faced when dealing with theft conviction is based on the value of the theft or the property damage that occurred during the incident. First time Class A or B misdemeanors or felony theft cases, if not set for trial, can often result in some form of probation with no jail time included. Many of those cases can be non-conviction deferred adjudication and ultimately dismissed and under certain circumstances, can be removed from your criminal record through non-disclosure.

We help defend our Michigan clients charged with any theft and property crime charges, including:

  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery / Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Car Theft
  • Trespassing

If you being accused with retail fraud, a theft-related offense, or you know someone that has, please call us today. Experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer, Ryan Maesen, can provide you with the level of experience you deserve when facing your case.

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I also have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life.

Some of my higher profile cases have been covered by the local media. Please see the In the News page for details.

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