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Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Shoplifting - officially known as retail fraud - is a serious crime that requires a serious defense. A shoplifting can result in severe criminal penalties such as jail time and fines in addition to a damaged reputation that can haunt you for the rest of your life.

At The Aggressive Criminal Defense Law Firm, we understand how important it is to mount a thorough and spirited defense against shoplifting charges. We focus on minimizing the exposure our clients have to legal and personal damage, and strive to resolve these issues as discreetly as possible. Person handcuffed for shoplifting

The time to act is now if you are facing retail theft charges. Call us today toll free at (888) 461-7744 for a free initial consultation. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.

Shoplifting Defense Lawyers Advocating for You

Two of our firm's attorneys are former prosecutors. We know what to expect from the local prosecutors and the courts, and we are well-regarded within the Michigan legal system. As a result, we are often able to negotiate charges down or arrange to have them dismissed outright.

Penalties for Shoplifting

Criminal penalties for retail theft vary depending on the value of the items that were subjected to theft:

  • First degree: Assets valued at $1,000 or more. Penalties up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
  • Second degree: Assets valued between $200 and $1,000. Penalties up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.
  • Third degree: Assets valued at less than $200. Penalties up to 93 days in jail and $500 in fines.

First-time offenders are often able to avoid jail time if their cases are handled correctly. This is critical because offenders with retail crimes on their record face more severe penalties as a repeat offender. We pursue all means of protecting the criminal records of our clients. Whether a negotiated settlement is in your interest or your case proceeds to trial, we have the skills and resources to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact a Kalamazoo Store Theft Defense Attorney

Let us put our experience and reputation to work for you. To learn more about your defense options, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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