Milford, Michigan Shoplifting and Theft Attorneys
Protecting your rights when you are accused of stealing
Every day, people in the United States walk away with items they do not own. In many cases, they may place an office pen in a pocket, or even take extra condiments from a restaurant. Unintentional acts such as these do not typically represent theft (known as larceny), because the law requires intent as a component in criminal charges. But even trying on an item of jewelry and forgetting to remove it before leaving a store can result in arrest under Michigan shoplifting laws. And in Michigan, identity theft falls into this criminal category as well.
Regardless of whether you face misdemeanor or felony larceny charges in Michigan, you need to retain an experienced defense lawyer to protect your rights. The law firm of The Bolling Law Group, PLLC in Milford, MI has the skills and experience necessary to defend you.
What constitutes misdemeanor vs. felony theft
The Michigan penal code has many complexities when defining both the crime of larceny and the penalties for conviction. But the overall guidelines that determine the severity of the charges are as follows:
- Misdemeanor theft typically involves stolen property valued between $200 and $1,000. Convictions lead to fines up to $2,000 or three times the value of the stolen property. Offenders may spend up to a year in jail.
- Felony theft charges apply to stolen property of greater value. These cases also apply the three times rule when determining fines. But theft of property valued between $1,000 and $20,000 can result in fines up to $10,000 and up to five years of imprisonment. For higher value thefts, offenders can pay fines up to $15,000 with as many as 10 years of imprisonment.
Milford, Michigan theft defense lawyer providing comprehensive support
Even if you are innocent of all charges, you need immediate legal support before talking with police. Milford theft defense attorney Bryan Bolling can protect your rights throughout the process in several ways, including:
- Work with you to unravel the circumstances behind the charges
- Advise you on self-incrimination during questioning
- Review all evidence against you and conduct an investigation to identify unrevealed facts in your case
- Use extenuating circumstances and other methods to secure your release or reduce charges
- Represent you in all court proceedings, including pre-trial release
- Fight your case at trial
Contact an experienced Milford theft defense attorney
If police place you under arrest on charges of larceny, do not attempt to handle your own defense. Request your Miranda rights to remain silent, and call an attorney with experience in Michigan theft laws. The Bolling Law Group in Milford takes these charges as seriously as the courts do, and knows the available options for achieving the best possible results. Call our firm at (248) 505-2737 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to obtain the immediate support you need.