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The Consequences of Shoplifting

If you get caught shoplifting you can be charged with a misdemeanor or a more seriously felony depending on the cost of the items you stole.   In some situations, if it is a small amount and your first offense the judge could go easier on you, however, the more offenses and the more pricey the items, the more serious the consequences.

In Michigan, the following are the general guidelines for your penalties:

1. Items or money worth less than $200.00: Misdemeanor charges-up to 93 days in jail and fines of up to $500 or 3 times the value of the stolen property (whichever is more).

2. Items or money worth more than $200.00 but less than $1,000.00.: Misdemeanor charges- Up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $2,000 or 3 times the value of the stolen property, whichever is more.

3. Items or money worth more than $1,000 and less than $20,000: Felony charges: up to 5 years in prison and fines of not more than $10,000 or 3 times the value of the stolen property, whichever is more.

4. Items or money worth more than $20,000: Felony Charges: Up to 10 years in prison or fines of not more than $15,000 or 3 times the value of the stolen property, whichever is more.

In whichever case you are in it is important to have legal counsel to advice you on your best route and what to do to get the shortest/best results.

 

Kristen@ambroselawgroup.com

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