Troy Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers
Retail fraud charges in Michigan encompass a wide range of offenses involving theft or the intention to steal property that a retailer offers for sale. It is classified in three different categories:
- First-degree retail fraud involves any property valued below $200; it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.
- Second-degree retail fraud involves any property valued between $200 and $1,000; it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
- Third-degree retail fraud involves any property valued at more than $1,000; it is a felony offense.
Any criminal conviction can have serious consequences. If you or someone in your family faces retail fraud charges, it is important to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense
attorney who will protect your rights and minimize the long-term impact of the charges. The lawyers at Sakis & Sakis, PLC, in Troy have a long track record of successfully defending individuals throughout the Tri-County area against a wide range of criminal charges.
A Personal Approach To Protecting Your Rights
We understand the concerns that individuals have when facing criminal charges. If it is a first offense, a prosecutor may offer a plea deal that would allow the accused to avoid jail. While this may be tempting, it is always smart to have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer review the facts of your case to determine if there are even better options.
We will take the time to carefully review every aspect of the arrest and help you determine if it is in your best interests to fight the charges. It may be possible to get the charges dismissed or reduced, or we can go to trial if the facts warrant doing so.
Additional Options For Youthful Offenders
If the accused is between the ages of 17 and 20, a Michigan law known as the Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA) may provide a means to receive a deferred judgment and keep the crime off of an individual’s record. There are a number of qualifications necessary to take advantage of the “second chance” option provided by the HYTA. We will review your case carefully to determine if it is suitable in your situation.
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your shoplifting charge during a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Troy retail fraud defense attorneys will provide a straightforward assessment and recommend the best steps to take. Call 248-633-8945 or use our online contact form
to schedule an appointment.