Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Clients Facing Theft Charges in Oakland County
Theft offenses in Michigan carry serious penalties, including financial penalties and jail time. If you are facing a theft offense, it is important to have an experienced Oakland County theft defense lawyer on your side who can build a strong defense and argue that you should not be convicted of the charges you are facing. An advocate at the law office of Paul J. Tafelski can help.
Learning More About Types of Theft Offenses in Oakland County
There are many different types of theft offenses in Michigan, including but not limited to, for example:
- Petty larceny;
- Credit card theft;
- Automobile theft;
- Forging checks;
- Retail fraud (or shoplifting); and
When theft accompanies other criminal actions, such as illegal possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon, the individual can face more serious charges.
Understanding Misdemeanor Theft and Felony Theft in Oakland County
There are two different categories of theft under Michigan law in terms of penalty structures, and they concern the value of the property stolen:
- Misdemeanor theft: this can occur either as petty theft (when the value of the property is less than $200), and as second-degree theft (when the value of the property is $200 or more but less than $1,000). Petty theft (or larceny) is punishable by a jail term of up to 93 days and/or a fine of up to $500 or three times the value of the property stolen (whichever is greater. Second-degree misdemeanor theft can result in a jail term of up to one year and/or a fine of up to $2,000, or three times the value of the property stolen (whichever is greater).
- Felony theft: an individual is charged with felony theft when the value of the property stolen is at least $1,000. Depending upon the amount of the property stolen, an individual can face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000, or three times the value of the property stolen (whichever is greater).
It is important to recognize that previous theft convictions can result in a more serious charge. For example, if an individual has committed only second-degree misdemeanor theft according to the terms of the statute but has a previous theft conviction on his or her record, that individual could end up facing felony theft charges and the accompanying penalties of a felony theft conviction.
Contact an Oakland County Theft Crime Defense Attorney
Whether you have been accused of stealing a small amount of money or personal property, or are facing felony theft charges for high-value items, you need to recognize that any criminal conviction can change the course of your life. After serving your sentence, you may be ineligible for certain types of employment, and you may be unable to obtain certain lines of credit due to your criminal history.
An Oakland County theft crime defense attorney can help you to build the strongest possible defense in your case to avoid a conviction. Contact the law office of Paul J. Tafelski today for more information.