Here is a list of retail fraud charges and their penalties.
The legal term for shoplifting is retail fraud. There are three ways a prosecutor or police can charge you with retail fraud:
1. The most common retail fraud is shoplifting, where someone tries to take an item that is offered for sale from a store without paying for it.
2. A less common retail fraud scenario is when a person is accused of switching bar codes in order to purchase an item for a lesser amount.
3. The last way someone can be charged with retail fraud is when they are accused of taking an item from the store and trying to return it without ever having paid for it in order to get a store credit or money.
Degrees of Retail Fraud
Retail Fraud in the Third Degree is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500.00 or three times the value of the item stolen, whichever is greater.
3RD degree retail fraud is charged when the value of the item stolen is less than $200.
Retail Fraud in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000.00 or three times the value of the item stolen, whichever is greater.
2nd degree retail fraud is charged when the value of the item stolen is more than $200 but less than $1,000.00. 2nd degree retail fraud can also be charged if the value of the item stolen is under $200 with a prior conviction for retail fraud.
Retail Fraud in the First Degree is a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 or three times the value of the item stolen, whichever is greater.
1st degree retail fraud is charged when the value of the item stolen is more than $1,000.00. 1st degree retail fraud can also be charged if the value of the item is more than $200 but less than $1,000.00 with a prior retail fraud conviction.
Retail Fraud lawyer Michigan
If you have been charged with retail fraud because someone accused you of shoplifting in Canton then you need to call Canton shoplifting lawyer, Aaron J. Boria (734) 453-7806.
Even if you think you are guilty call Canton lawyer Boria today. We fight for our clients and we obtain results that other lawyers simply cannot.
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