Theft, burglary, and other property crimes are fairly common throughout the entire state of Michigan, including Troy and other parts of Oakland County. Yet, those accused of these crimes often face harsh criminal proceedings and even harsher sentencing. In other words, if charged with a theft or property crime, the odds can be unfairly stacked against the accused.
From false identification from a witness (the leading cause of wrongful conviction in Michigan) to bad accounting from the prosecution in embezzlement or retail fraud cases, you need a Troy, MI theft and property crimes attorney to give you the strongest defense as well as the chance for reduced sentencing or a not guilty conviction. With over 100 years of combined experience, the theft and property crimes attorneys at Grabel & Associates are ready to fight for you.
According to Chapter LII of the Michigan Penal Code, theft and property crime comprise a wide field of offenses, many of which carry different penalties following a guilty conviction. In short, the penalties for theft and property crime are very serious, and if convicted, the accused could be facing extensive jail time as well as fines, restitution payments, community service, or other consequences. The most common theft and property crimes in Troy, MI, include:
Although the accused may be looking for a plea bargain, reduced sentenced, or a fair calculation of restitution, it is important to note that some clients are exorbitantly over-charged or simply not guilty. To guarantee that your case is fair and just, Grabel & Associates boasts extensive experience in each of these types of theft and property crime, and our comprehensive defense strategies put your interests and your rights at the forefront.
There is an all-to-common notion that the courts, such as the 52-4 District Court right in Troy, are more lenient in theft and property crime cases than, for example, something as serious as assault and battery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In Michigan, a person who assaults or assaults and batters a person could be a misdemeanor charge punishable by no more than 93 days in jail or a fine of not more than $500, or both.
At the same time, a person who commits larceny by stealing less than $200 from another person could be facing a similar punishment (misdemeanor, 93 days in jail, fine of not more than $500, or both). However, if the defendant is accused of stealing a laptop worth $1,500, he or she could be facing a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000 or 3 times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine. For a money or goods theft between $200 and $1,000, the accused could be facing a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $2,000 or 3 times the value of the property stolen.
It is important to note that the above crimes are for property. Larceny from the person, however, is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in a state prison.
Even if you haven’t been charged, but you have been accused of theft or property crime, the Troy, MI theft attorneys at Grabel & Associates will immediately begin building a strong defense while taking mitigating measures to avoid or reduce potential criminal charges. We are confident that, in cases where the evidence is stacked against you or you have already made a confession, we can find pre-charge resolutions to avoid a more serious prosecution.
If you have been charged, however, our theft attorneys will devote ample time to your case. From consulting with the state’s top experts during our own investigations to optimizing a team approach for the development of a unique defense strategy customized toward your interests and your situation, Grabel & Associates is prepared to aggressively represent your interests and achieve a plea bargain, reduced or alternative sentencing, or complete acquittal of all charges.
The moment you contact Grabel & Associates, our highly experienced theft and property crimes attorneys will scrutinize every piece of evidence, every action taken by the police, every witness account, and so on. We’ll guide you through the criminal proceedings and diligently find a solution aligned with your interests, whether a not guilty verdict, decreased sentencing, or alternative solutions. With over 13 years of providing Troy, MI and Oakland County residents with successful results, you’ll be able to move past these charges and get back to your life. Contact us at (800) 342-7896 for a free consultation today. We look forward to defending your criminal charges and working together to achieve exceptional results.