Michigan Retail Fraud Defense Lawyer

In Michigan, retail fraud or shoplifting is committed when an individual alters, transfers, removes and replaces, or conceals merchandise while a store is open to the public or otherwise misrepresents the price at which property is offered for sale with the intent not to pay for the property or to pay less than the price at which the property is offered for sale.

If you are seeking a Michigan criminal defense attorney who has the experience, knowledge and determination to get results in retail fraud or shoplifting cases, contact the Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC. We serve clients throughout Metro Detroit and the state of Michigan. Michigan law includes three levels of retail fraud:

  • Retail Fraud First Degree: a felony carrying up to five years in prison when the amount of money or the value of the property obtained or attempted to be obtained is $1,000.00 or more.
  • Retail Fraud Second Degree: a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail when the amount of money or the value of the property obtained or attempted to be obtained is $200.00 or more but less than $1,000.00.
  • Retail Fraud Third Degree: a misdemeanor carrying up to 93 days jail when the amount of money, or the value of the property, obtained or attempted to be obtained is less than $200.00.

Repeat offenders can have a third degree charge enhanced to second degree or a second degree charge enhanced to first degree.

The Skilled Experience You Need

The Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC has the skill and experience that you need. We have handled many cases involving retail fraud or shoplifting. We will hear your side and try to get your charge dismissed or mitigated to the best possible outcome. We will explore seeking diversionary programs to keep a conviction from your record. Sometimes life stresses such as depression, mismanagement of prescribed medications or illness can be a factor. Shoplifting may be a means to support an addiction to drugs or gambling. Or, it could simply be a one-time lapse in judgment.

We are nonjudgmental and will listen to you and help you make an informed decision. We will work to represent you as a person and not just another file.

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For a criminal defense attorney who will advocate for you and help evaluate the legal issues pertaining to your case, contact the Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC at (888) 399-7979.

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