You should stop admitting your criminal acts online, in open and public forums and you should speak to a MI criminal defense attorney.
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I agree with Mr. Rixon.
Hire a criminal lawyer. If you cannot afford one, check with the court about the court appointing a lawyer to represent you. Proper practice area is Criminal Defense.
I am licensed to practice law in Michigan and Virginia and regularly handle cases of this sort. My answering your question does not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should consult a lawyer so you can tell the lawyer the entire situation and get legal advice that is precisely tailored to your case.
The first thing you need to do is retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. The penalty is based on the amount of the items that were taken. If it was less than $200 it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail. If it was between $200-1,000, it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Anything over $1,000 is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. If you have previous retail fraud convictions it can be used to enhance the current charge against you.
Sentences vary for first time offenders based on the facts and any prior criminal history and/or aggravating or mitigating factors and the habits of your particular judge. Sentences range from just fines/costs to probation and sometimes even jail. If it truly is your first offense you may be eligible for a county diversion program (if they have one) that could keep the matter off your record. If there are underlying causes of the retail fraud such as mental health issues or substance issues, you may qualify for a specialty court sentencing like drug court or mental health court.
These are options you should discuss with a lawyer once you both have received all discovery. Do not speak about the facts of the case to anyone in the meantime other than a lawyer. Look for a lawyer that primarily practices criminal defense. One that is familiar with your particular court and judge is ideal. AVVO has great search features to locate attorneys by both practice area and geographic location. Good luck.
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