Oakland County Retail Fraud Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Defense Firm Serving Oakland County, Michigan
Have you been accused of retail fraud in or around Oakland County? Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing serious consequences. The state of Michigan enacted a new law in 2013 which has created harsher penalties against those convicted of organized retail crimes. If you are facing retail fraud charges filed against you on behalf of any type of retail outlet, you will need the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Our firm provides proven defense representation. With over a 10-year track record of effectively handling criminal charges in Michigan, our lead attorney Daniel D. Hajji has the know-how and skills to protect your rights while creating the most optimum defense strategy based on thorough investigation into all evidence. Our firm's main goal is to seek the best possible outcome for our clients, whether through reduced charges, a case dismissal, or an acquittal.
What is retail fraud in Michigan?
Retail fraud essentially involves stealing from a retail establishment through the return process, through stealing merchandise while at the store's location, such as through price switching (placing lower price tags on merchandise so as to be able to purchase it at a discount), using false receipts to return goods or returning damaged goods already owned to get a refund in which a profit is made. Other fraud schemes include returning shoplifted items for a full refund and buying items at an employee discount which are returned for full-price refunds at another store or the same store without declaring one's employee status. Essentially, retail fraud involves any type of scheme in which the individual profits at the retailer's expense. It also involves sophisticated operations where a team of people work together to steal large quantities of goods.
In Michigan, three categories of retail fraud are outlined under law. Third-degree retail fraud is charged as a misdemeanor; it is retail theft of less than $200 punishable by up to 93 days in jail and fines of up to $500. Second-degree misdemeanor retail fraud occurs when $200 up to $1,000 is stolen or when third-degree retail fraud occurs with a prior conviction. This crime is punishable by up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,000 or three times the value of the stolen merchandise. First-degree felony retail fraud occurs when $1,000 or more is stolen or a second-degree retail fraud occurs with a prior conviction. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 or three times the value of the stolen goods.
It's best to act quickly after being charged with retail fraud in Michigan. Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation about your charge. Learn more about your case and how our firm can help you achieve the best possible case result.