If you are caught, try to avoid admissions to the Loss Prevention
Clients who find themselves in the position of being accused of Retail Fraud often make untimely admissions to the Loss Prevention staff. Say as little as possible to them or the police. Remember, "what you say can be used against you in court." That is a true statement in the criminal law context.
Hire a skilled LOCAL attorney to assist you.
The key to a good outcome starts with hiring the best lawyer for the job. Local is the key. Does your attorney regularly handle Retail Fraud cases? In the Court you are in? I handle dozens of these matters each year. From my "home court" of Livonia (16th District Court) to Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Redford, Westland, Wayne, Romulus, Plymouth, Canton, Novi, Northville, Farmington Hills, you need to know the Judges, City Attorneys, Prosecutors, Probation Departments and more. This will put you on the path to better results.
Are you a First Offender?
If so, you are often eligible for different programs to keep this theft charge OFF your permanent criminal record. Offenders under 21, first offenders can often take advantage of this with the right lawyer and facts.
Are you a non-US Citizen? Green Card Holder? on a Visa?
These cases for clients are VERY RISKY and your attorney has to know the inner workings of Criminal Law as well as Immigration law to keep you from being deported based on a Crime of Moral Turpitude. I work with top immigration lawyers to make sure that deals are handled the right way. Doing things wrong will have grave results.
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For more info, call me at (313)402-0853 or visit my website for a free consultation on your retail fraud case.
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