Retail Fraud Lawyer Michigan
These are very stressful times. Money is tight and there can be a great deal of temptation when out shopping.
At Boria Law, we know that people make mistakes and they shouldn’t have to suffer for the rest of their lives for one bad choice. . Call (734) 453-7806.
Retail Fraud in Michigan
Retail fraud is charged when you are accused of taking something that is offered for sale during normal store hours. It is also possible to be accused of retail fraud if you change the bar code or do something to illegally lower the price of the item to save yourself money.
Retail fraud is a misdemeanor criminal offense in the state of Michigan, which means that it is punishable by hefty fines and can even result in jail time.
There are three degrees of retail fraud. First degree is a felony; second and third degree retail fraud are misdemeanors. The difference between felonies and misdemeanors is in the penalty. Felonies are punishable by over a year in jail and misdemeanors are punishable by less than a year in jail.
Penalties can also include large fines that can include three times the value of the property taken.
For more information on retail fraud and other types of theft crimes click here.
Recently, we have seen some jurisdictions over charging the accused with felonies when in fact the charge should be a misdemeanor. We see the over charging most often in Oakland county. Usually when a store display is the subject of the theft.
Retail Fraud Lawyer
In all criminal cases the prosecution must prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. If even one element cannot be proven then you are entitled to a verdict of Not Guilty.
If the police violate your rights or obtain evidence illegally then your case could be dismissed before trial.
Even if you believe you are guilty of a retail fraud you may still have a defense. Retail Fraud lawyer, Aaron J. Boria will fight for your rights and protect your future.
We have had numerous retail fraud charges dismissed. We have also saved our clients huge amount of fines and kept them out of jail. Call (734) 453-7806!