Shoplifting is a serious charge that could lead to jail time. Retail fraud and shoplifting involve the activity of stealing property, concealing property with intent to steal it, and altering pricing on the property with intent to manipulate the set price. Shoplifting/Retail fraud lawyers will develop a full understanding of what happened leading up to the arrest and construct a defense to protect your interests, pre-trial and in court. Skilled defense lawyers will reduce the client’s chance of conviction at trial and make a positive difference in your legal situation.

What Are Examples of Shoplifting/Retail Fraud?

Examples of shoplifting and retail fraud include employee fraud, refund fraud, discount fraud, and false price adjustments, merchandise theft, and cash register tampering. The three levels of shoplifting/retail fraud are retail fraud first-degree, retail fraud second-degree, and retail fraud third-degree. Retail fraud first-degree is a felony that carries up to five years in prison when someone takes or attempts to take something with a value of more than $1,000. Retail fraud second-degree is a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail when someone takes or attempts to take something that costs between $200 and $1,000. Retail fraud third-degree is a misdemeanor that carries up to 93 days in jail when someone takes or attempts to take something that is less than $200. 

Shoplifting/Retail Fraud Lawyer At Poota Law

If you or someone you know needs a shoplifting/retail fraud lawyer in Warren, MI, Livonia, MI, Troy, MI, or the surrounding areas, our skilled criminal defense attorney at Poota Law has the skill and experience that you need to handle your retail fraud or shoplifting case. Julian J. Poota has handled many cases involving retail fraud and shoplifting. Mr. Poota is committed to protecting his clients’ rights and will review all evidence, interview witnesses, and examine all police reports to establish the best option for you. We are nonjudgmental and will listen to you and make informed decisions on your behalf. We offer clients a free initial consultation with Mr. Poota. Contact us online or call us at (888) 399-7979 to discuss your current legal situation today!