Retail Fraud Michigan - How to work toward a dismissal of charges
I work with 100's of clients charged with retail fraud each year. I help these clients change the perception of their case and educate the prosecutor and judge on who my client is outside of the police reports and the allegations.
How to win your retail fraud case in MichiganWhen a potential client contacts me, I inform them that my services are very exclusive, and I turn down more clients than I agree to represent. The reason I do this, is because each retail fraud case requires a great deal of my attention in order to put my client in the best position possible to WIN THE CASE.
Most clients who contact me tell me their #1 goal is to keep the charge of retail fraud off of their record, because they fear losing a job, being denied a license, the stigma of being a criminal, and many other reasons. All of these reasons are valid, and depending upon one's profession, there are extra precautions needed, such as a health care professional or a teacher. Depending upon your career, we will discuss implications of different outcomes, and options to resolve your case.
Another goal that a client may have is avoiding jail time. I tell clients that as a first time offender for retail fraud, or even a second offender, generally jail time is not likely to happen. This does not mean it could not happen, but based on my experience with the particular court, prosecutor and judge, I should be able to tell you immediately if jail is a real possibility or a long shot.
Many clients who contact me simply tell me they want the CASE DROPPED. This is simply not going to happen without going to court at least one time. The police and prosecutor gathering enough information about your case in order to charge you. It is not their job to determine if you're guilty or not - that is the purpose of going to court and hiring your own attorney. Many innocent people are charged with retail fraud, because the loss prevention officer, store employees and the police are not able to read your mind. Retail fraud requires INTENT TO STEAL, and they may watch you, and the perception is well you meant to steal, why else would you try to leave the store with unpaid items? You can yell and scream all you want that you didn't mean to do it, but that is not going to get you anywhere with them. It will also not get you anywhere once charged. If you want to proceed on that, then it will require a trial, and likely your testimony on the witness stand.
A trial by judge or jury is one way to pursue your goals of no criminal record and avoiding jail. It is also a risky option, but sometimes the only option for someone who simply had no intent on stealing the items they are being accused of stealing. If this applies to your case, a comprehensive trial plan and a not guilty verdict at trial is the way to WIN THE CASE. If you're found guilty at trial then you have the charge on your record, and you could be sent to jail.
Many people do not realize that there are far riskier ways to WIN THE CASE. One option may be to pursue a diversion with the prosecutor or judge; an agreement of some sort of reduction or dismissal that does not challenge your guilt or innocence, but rather considers the facts of the case along with your background, career, lack of criminal record, and what you had done since being charged. The last part is by far the key to WIN YOUR CASE.
Dismissal of shoplifting charges in MichiganIf you simply did not have the intent to steal, and would never even think to steal, those words alone are not enough to get your case dismissed. A prosecutor and judge don't care about words and promises, they care about real actions.
If I agree to take on a client's case, they begin my proactive program one day one, and begin putting real actions into place, which demonstrate to a judge or prosecutor who they really are; a productive, law-abiding person who understands the situation before them, and the situation alone is enough to learn from it, and make sure they are never in that situation again.
There are many ways to WIN THE CASE when charged with retail fraud. It depends on your goals and how you define a win. My client's set realistic goals and a plan is put into place on how to reach those goals. Over the course of the case, with my guidance and counseling, my client works on my program, and the end result is a WIN.