Retail Fraud Attorney Farmington Hills
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Being prosecuted for retail fraud/shoplifting does not make you a bad person. In fact, retail fraud is commonly prosecuted in Farmington Hills Michigan at the 47th District Court, but it is often just an isolated incident due to a momentary lapse in judgment. However, just because retail fraud is commonly charged and prosecuted at the 47th District Court does not mean it is not serious or that it will not affect your life in some type of manner. Any criminal record for retail fraud or theft can have many potential damaging consequences, including: the loss of freedom; probation with strict conditions; loss of employment opportunities; employment licensing issues (if you are licensed professional in the State of Michigan); loss of educational opportunities; steep fines; immigration complications (for persons that are not US citizens); embarrassment, etc. If you’ve been charged with a retail fraud in Farmington Hills, you need a top level criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your interests and way of life.
Shoplifting is prosecuted under several different theories: when store merchandise is stolen; an attempt to steal store merchandise is made; the price tag of the merchandise is misrepresented or changed; or the merchandise is fraudulently exchanged for money or other store merchandise. There are several felony and misdemeanor retail fraud offenses prosecuted for alleged criminal conduct in Farmington Hills, including:
First Degree Retail Fraud is a felony that carries a 5 year maximum prison sentence (however, the maximum allowable penalty can increase if habitual offender sentencing is applicable due to a prior felony conviction record) that is prosecuted when the merchandise involved is $1,000 (one thousand dollars) or more, or if the merchandise involved is $200 (two hundred dollars) or more and the person has a prior theft conviction.
Organized Retail Theft is felony that carries a 5 year maximum prison sentence (however, the maximum allowable penalty can even increase if habitual offender sentencing is applicable due to a prior felony conviction record). The offense occurs when the alleged intent of the person accused is to commit a retail fraud and to resell the stolen merchandise to another person or business.
Second Degree Retail Fraud is a misdemeanor that carries in Farmington Hills a 1 year maximum Oakland County Jail sentence, that is prosecuted when the merchandise involved is at least $200 (two hundred dollars) but less than $1000 (one thousand dollars), or if the merchandise involved is under $200 (two hundred dollars) and the person has a prior theft conviction.
Third Degree Retail Fraud is a misdemeanor that carries in Farmington Hills a 93 day maximum Oakland County Jail sentence, that is prosecuted under either State law or local ordinance, when the merchandise involved in the offense is less than $200 (two hundred dollars).
Removal of a Theft Detection Device is a misdemeanor that carries in Farmington Hills a 1 year maximum Oakland County Jail sentence that is prosecuted under State law.
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Many Farmington Hills shoplifting cases involve national chains stores (such as Marshalls, TJ Maxx). All national chains have established store wide procedures with the goal of reducing retail fraud losses, avoiding contested and costly litigation, and deterring theft. It is not uncommon for a retail store to hire well trained asset prevention personnel and to use theft detection devices with the latest state of the art technology (sensor devices, closed circuit television, etc.) to combat the costs and liabilities associated with retail theft. Even with the latest technology and hours and hours of employee training, mistakes are still made and persons are still sometimes falsely accused. The mistakes can be based upon errors in judgment (such as false identification of a suspect), cultural issues, and procedural errors - all of which can potentially lead to obtaining an acquittal, dismissal, or negotiating a great result.
An excellent attorney diligently working on your behalf will obtain all the evidence against you to fully and properly defend the case, which can include the following: police report(s), loss prevention report(s), witness statement(s), in store video(s), police video(s), photograph(s), statement(s) the police and/or loss prevention claims that you made, etc. At your Farmington Hills court date your lawyer can request a trial date in front of a Judge or jury, or seek a resolution of the case on your behalf through a plea. Settling your retail fraud accusation may [but does not always] involve a plea bargain (an agreement with the prosecution to dismiss, expunge, or reduce the charge(s) against you) and/or a sentence agreement (an agreement with the Judge to impose a specific sentence, such as avoiding or limiting any confinement). A great decision, when it comes to your retail fraud case, is to retain an experienced top rated criminal defense attorney to help you obtain the best possible result for your circumstances. Again, a shoplifting conviction can have a lifetime of life changing consequences, including making it extremely difficult to find a good paying job or to establish a career, because many employers do not want to risk hiring someone with any type of theft history. It is time to make an important, critical decision and hire top rated defense attorney Daniel Hilf, who is an impassioned, aggressive lawyer with over 20 years of experience inside and outside of courtrooms helping clients obtain outstanding results for shoplifting accusations. You and your future are very important, so choose your lawyer wisely!
If you have been accused of retail fraud in Farmington Hills Michigan and have to appear at the 47th District Court, it's time to make an impactful decision to contact us right away for outstanding legal representation.