First-degree retail fraud is charged when the value of the property is $1,000 or more. A felony offense, this crime carries stiff penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment, fines of up to $10,000 or three times the value of the property, or both imprisonment and fines.
Retail Fraud in the Second Degree
As defined in § 750.356d, second-degree retail fraud entails the same general actions as first-degree retail fraud, with the exception of property being valued between $200 and $1,000. A misdemeanor offense, retail fraud in the second degree can subject convicted offenders to imprisonment for up to one year and fines of up to $2,000 or three times the value of the property.
Retail Fraud in the Third Degree
Third-Degree retail fraud is a misdemeanor offense reserved for crimes involving property valued at less than $200. Penalties include imprisonment for up to 93 days, a fine of up to $500 or three times the value of the property, or both.
Any allegation of retail fraud is serious. Severe penalties and fines aside, shoplifting is considered a crime of moral turpitude, and one viewed distastefully by many who conduct background checks, including prospective employers. Additionally, these charges and penalties can be enhanced by prosecutors when defendants have a prior retail fraud conviction on their record. No matter which allegation you face, retaining the experienced legal representation of a Macomb County criminal defense lawyer should be your first concern.
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I have built my practice on serving my clients from the very moment they come to me in their time of need. As I place great emphasis on taking swift and proactive measures to protect your rights, freedom, and future, I strongly encourage anyone facing a retail fraud allegation to schedule a free case evaluation as soon as possible. Learn more about the charges you face and how my firm can be of assistance. Contact Bowden Law, PLLC today.