Retail Fraud

Attorney Shawn Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan represents those who are accused of Retail Fraud.  You can rest easy knowing that the lawyers of the Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan have a good understanding of the law and how to work the legal process to you the best results possible.

Retail Fraud is one of the most common criminal offenses in the State of Michigan. Retail Fraud is commonly referred to as shoplifting. The consequences for a shoplifting conviction in Michigan include jail time, prison, extensive probation, community service, therapy, drug and alcohol testing and fines and costs. Attorney Shawn Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has the experience you need in defending clients from retail fraud charges all across West Michigan. Shawn will fight hard to get your charges dismissed when possible.

What is Retail Fraud?

For a prosecutor to prove the charge of Retail Fraud several elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

  1. The prosecutor must prove that the defendant took control of the property a stor offered for sale.
  2. The Prosecutor must show that the defendant moved the property.
  3. The Prosecutor must prove the collective value of the property in question.
  4. The Prosecutor must prove the defendant intended to steal the property.

If the Prosecutor can prove the value of the property stolen was $1,000 or more, the charge is First Degree Retail Fraud which is a felony. The defendant can receive a prison sentence.  If the value was $200 or more but less than $1,000 the offense is Second Degree Retail Fraud.  This is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail.  finally if the value is less than $200, the offense is Retail Fraud in the third degree which is punishable by 93 days in jail.

What would otherwise be a retail fraud third or second degree can be enhanced to a retail fraud first degree if the defendant has prior retail fraud convictions.

Will I Have To Do Jail Time?

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan gets asked this question all the time during consultation with potential clients in retail fraud cases. The answer to this question is complex and dependent on many factors but the vast majority of the time The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan keep their clients from doing any jail or prison time in retail fraud cases.

When you first call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, we will want to know about your past, and if you have a criminal record. From there, we will want to know where this happened and who was involved. Next, we will order all of the police reports and evidence in your case.  We will try to track down any video and audio and if necessary will get a private investigator to help build your various defenses. We will try to win your case with a dismissal or by getting a not guilty verdict at trial. If those are your best options, we will work on getting our clients the best plea deal possible.

Don’t wait to talk to an aggressive criminal defense lawyer if you are facing retail fraud charges! Call Shawn at The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan today at 616-438-6719!

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