Retail Fraud

Have you been arrested for retail fraud or shoplifting? Having an experienced attorney on your side could save your record, reputation, and money. Often times, videos that were used to arrest you are inadvertently destroyed by the store. Insufficient evidence may lead to a better plea deal or dismissal. In Michigan, retail fraud has three degrees:

  • First Degree Retail Fraud (felony): Jail time of up to 5 years and a potential fine of either $10,000 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.

  • Second Degree Retail Fraud (misdemeanor): Jail time of up to 1 year and a potential fine of either $2,000 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.

  • Third Degree Retail Fraud (misdemeanor): Jail time of up to 93 days and a potential fine of either $500 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.

The charges can be enhanced if you have had previous retail fraud convictions. 

Having an experience, aggressive attorney on your side can make a difference between a misdemeanor and felony. Let the skilled attorneys at Buswa & Berry protect your rights and defend your innocence!