Surprisingly to many people, shoplifting is a charge that could potentially land you in jail depending on the circumstances of the case. If you have been caught shoplifting, or have been arrested on the suspicion of shoplifting, you will want to retain legal council to fight your charges. If you just accept a conviction in this case, you might be facing more serious punishments than you expect, and a more profound affect on your life than you ever thought possible. Call our offices today to speak with Sumner & Associates regarding the options for your defense.


Stealing, or attempting to steal, from a retail store is considered shoplifting. This is also called retail fraud on the books of Michigan laws, and there are three degrees of severity.


Retail Fraud in the Third Degree


This is the least charge under the shoplifting category, and applies when the value of the theft is under $200. This is a misdemeanor charge which carries up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.


Retail Fraud in the Second Degree


This charge comes into play when the value of the goods in question rises above $200 but below $1,000. This is still a misdemeanor, but will be punished with up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000, or three times the value of the stolen property.


Retail Fraud in the First Degree


For crimes in which over $1,000 of property was stolen or attempted to be stolen, first degree felony charges can be brought. This could mean as much as five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


To get a free consultation regarding your legal needs in this case, call Sumner & Associates today. We are ready to speak with you about your options and get started on a proper defense against this shoplifting charge.