Kalamazoo Retail Fraud/Shoplifting Lawyer
The crime of shoplifting, formally known as retail fraud, is actually extremely serious, something that surprises some offenders. Retail fraud in Kalamazoo doesn’t just lead to a slap on the wrist, and more often than not, significant financial penalties, a criminal record, and even jail time will be on the line. No matter what the value of the goods that have allegedly been stolen, it is always a good idea to get in touch with a lawyer early on in your case, and learn more about the steps you can take in order to get a great case result. At Grabel & Associates, our dedicated attorneys are committed to providing top-level representation in all kinds of theft and property crime cases, including both misdemeanor and felony retail fraud/shoplifting cases. If you or your loved one has been accused of shoplifting, call our toll free hotline for a no-cost initial consultation, and let us begin advising you on the next steps you can take in your case. We know how to help first time offenders, repeat offenders, juvenile offenders, and those accused of multiple charges, and have what it takes to guide you to a result that aligns with your case goals. Don’t wait to get in touch with our experienced team, call now or contact us online.
Our lawyers know what it takes to win, and we don’t just claim to be able to effectively defend your best interests, but we have actually proven our skill both inside and outside the courtroom in cases statewide. For over 15 years, founding attorney Scott Grabel has been leading our team to a reputation as one of the top trial firms in the state, and we are proud of our stellar results and commitment to top-notch customer service as attested to by our past clients. No matter what the unique details of your case may be, our team is ready to spring into action right away and begin fighting for your rights. Call our Kalamazoo retail fraud defense lawyers now at 1-800-342-7896 or contact us online to learn more about shoplifting charges and the defense tactics that could be utilized in your case. Our team is always available for clients statewide.
Retail Fraud in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree
There are three degrees of shoplifting in the state, which basically means that different value levels of theft are separated into three categories with increasing maximum possible penalties. First degree charges involve values of over $1,000. Second degree shoplifting results in cases involving theft of between $200 and $1,000. Third degree shoplifting charges results after a theft of under $200. While only first degree retail fraud is a felony, all charges are serious, and can lead to life changing penalties, even for first time offenders.
While most people understand that stealing from a retail store is considered shoplifting, some fail to realize that simply misrepresenting the price of an item or otherwise attempting to pay less than full price can also result in shoplifting charges. Changing or removing a price tag, for example, can lead to shoplifting charges, with the price difference resulting from the act counting as the value stolen. Our attorneys know how to deal with all kinds of retail fraud cases, and are ready to help you now if you have been accused of stealing from a retail store in Kalamazoo.
Criminal Penalties for Stealing from a Store in Kalamazoo
If you are convicted of shoplifting, you could face the following penalties:
- Up to 5 years behind bars and a fine of the greater of $10,000 or three times the value stolen for first degree retail fraud.
- Up to 1 year in jail and a fine of the greater of $2,000 or three times the value stolen for second degree retail fraud.
- Up to 93 days in jail and a fine of the greater of $500 or three times the value stolen for third degree retail fraud.
Prior convictions and mitigating factors could increase these penalties, and additional restriction of your freedom could result at the discretion of the court, and as a result of a lasting criminal record.
Our Approach to Kalamazoo Shoplifting Representation
We know that after a retail fraud accusation or formal charge, you just want to know what you have to do to protect yourself. Our attorneys know what you need to say and do throughout every stage of your case, and are available 24/7 to begin providing you with the guidance you need to move forward in your case. Contact us now by calling our toll free hotline and gain access to an attorney who can provide in depth analysis for your unique case.
Contact Kalamazoo’s Shoplifting Defense Attorneys and Avoid Jail Time
Call 1-800-342-7896 to learn more about the options available to you and to consult an attorney on the next best steps to take in your case. You can also contact the Grabel & Associates team online. Why wait, with so much potentially at stake? Our team is available right now to start representing you or your loved one.