Shoplifting Attorney in Western Michigan
Grand Rapids Retail Fraud Defense Lawyer
Shoplifting is either charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property which was allegedly stolen. If you have a previous theft crime on your record, this could also affect your charges. Although many people mistake this type of crime as not being very serious, shoplifting (or retail fraud) is a serious theft crime which can negatively affect your life and reputation if you are convicted. At Blanchard Law, our Grand Rapids shoplifting lawyers provide you with dedicated defense and personalized service.
You could face the following consequences if you are convicted of shoplifting:
- Third-degree retail fraud: A fine of $500 (or three times the value of the property stolen) and up to 93 days in jail
- Second degree retail fraud: A fine of $2,000 (or three times the value of the property stolen) and up to a year in jail
- First degree retail fraud: A fine of $10,000 (or three times the value of the property stolen) and up to 5 years in jail
Holmes Youthful Trainee Act & HYTA Status
In the state of Michigan, anyone over the age of 17 is charged as an adult if they are arrested for a criminal offense. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act is an act which applies to young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 and gives them a second chance to keep the crime off their permanent record. Youthful offenders under this act are not convicted and instead have their record sealed and the case dismissed if they comply. With the help of a Grand Rapids theft crime lawyer from our team, we may be able to help you be considered for HYTA status.
Discuss Your Case with a Grand Rapids Shoplifting Attorney
Acting quickly is in your best interest, regardless of the value of the alleged offense you are being charged with. The sooner you hire our firm to represent you, the sooner we can get to work defending your rights and future.
Please give us a call at (616) 244-2234 or contact the firm online to discuss your case with a Grand Rapids shoplifting attorney from our team.