Our client was young and made the immature decision to succumb to peer pressure and steal a cheap $12 pair of earrings from 12 Oaks Mall in Novi. She was caught red handed and taken into custody by security where Novi Police ultimately showed up and arrested her. Novi Police charged her with retail fraud in the third degree, a 93 day misdemeanor.    

Shet called retail fraud lawyer, Aaron J. Boria, PLLC. The end result – criminal charges dismissed. (734) 453-7806.

Retail Fraud in Novi 52nd District Court

The retail fraud case was heard at the 52-1 District Court in Novi. 

The theft crime of retail fraud can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the amount of potential time you could be incarcerated and the social stigma that comes with a conviction for one over the other.

In this case, retail fraud in the third degree was charged, which is punishable by up to 93 days in jail plus fines, costs and restitution. Retail fraud third was charged because the value of the item taken was under $200.00. MCL 750.356D

Perhaps the scariest thing about retail fraud is that a person who steals a $1 item of a $199 item is treated the same way and faces the same penalty. In this case, the cheap $12 item meant that our client was facing a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail, but luckily for her se hired retail fraud lawyer, Aaron J. Boria, and she didn’t serve a single day. 

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Novi Retail Fraud Lawyer

Even though our client was caught red handed by several undercover security cards, was caught on video putting the item in her pocket, and even admitted to police she took the item, retail fraud lawyer, Aaron J. Boria was still able to prevent her from having a criminal conviction.

After negotiations with the prosecuting attorney and the judge we were able to suppress the criminal conviction as well as the arrest record. No school or employer will ever know of the criminal trouble our client was in. Legally, she was never convicted and so she will never have to say that she was convicted. In fact, even if you knew this client’s name you would not be able to go to the court and obtain the file because it is now sealed.

Call retail fraud lawyer, Aaron j. Boria today for a free consultation (734) 453-78076