Have you Been Charged with Shoplifting in the Lansing Area?

Shoplifting – Retail Fraud, or shoplifting, is the crime of stealing merchandise from a store during normal business hours. Common examples of conduct that could result in this charge are removing items from a store without paying for them, attempting to return an item that belongs to the store, but was not paid for, or switching the price tag on an item in order to pay less for it.

Michigan has three degrees of retail fraud depending on the value of the merchandise stolen. Both second- and third-degree Retail Fraud are misdemeanors.

Maximum Penalties for Third-Degree Retail Fraud:93 days in jail and/or $500 in fines or three times the value of the stolen property or the difference in price, whichever is greater