Payment Plans

Payment Plans

Criminal Legal Services provides payment options for the convenience of our customers. Criminal Legal Services allows payments by payment plan. The standard payment plan consists of three affordable installments before each court appearance, usually occurring monthly. That amount will be paid over the course of your court case to fit your needs. There is no additional cost to pay by credit card or by payment plan. The total cost will not increase or change simply because a client chooses to pay by payment plan. Criminal Legal Services provides other types of financing options and payment plans to fit most budgets; feel free to discuss these options with a Criminal Legal Services attorney free of charge.

Retail Fraud – Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Retail fraud, also known as “shoplifting” can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the stolen property and involve serious penalties. At Criminal Legal Services, our attorneys specialize in defending retail fraud cases and will be happy to discuss this you free of charge. If you have been charged with a retail fraud offense, don’t just plead guilty or give up hope. Just because you have been charged it does not mean you have been convicted. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

Retail fraud occurs when a person does any of the following from a store:

Alters, transfers, removes and replaces, conceals, or misrepresents the price of an item offered for sale with the intent of not paying for the item or to pay less than the price offered. 

  • Third Degree – Resulting difference in price is less than $200.00
  • Second Degree – Resulting difference in price more than $200.00 and less than $1,000.00
  • First Degree – Resulting difference in price is more than $1,000.00

Steals property from the store that is offered for sale.

  • Third Degree – At a price less than $200.00
  • Second Degree – At a price more than $200.00 and less than $1,000.00
  • First Degree – At a price more than $1,000.00

Obtains or attempts to obtain money or property as a refund/exchange that was not paid for, with intent to defraud. 

  • Third Degree – Value is less than $200.00
  • Second Degree – Value is more than $200.00 and less than $1,000.00
  • First Degree – Value is more than $1,000.00

Penalties 

Third Degree Retail Fraud (misdemeanor)

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • A fine of not more than $500 or 3 times the property value

Second Degree Retail Fraud (misdemeanor)

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • A fine of not more than $2,000 or 3 times the property value

First Degree Retail Fraud (felony)

  • Up to 5 years imprisonment
  • A fine of not more than $10,000 or 3 times the property value

Our attorneys specialize in defending retail fraud cases throughout Michigan and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. If you or someone you know has been charged with retail fraud call us today for a free consultation.

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