Detroit Theft Defense Attorney

A theft charge is one of those crimes that will follow a person for the rest of their life. Sure, you may not have killed anyone, but the truth is that no one likes a liar. No one wants to work alongside someone that may steal their stuff when they’re not looking. If you or someone you know has been arrested or accused of some form of theft, contact the Detroit criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

Theft is the broad term for any act of stealing or unlawfully taking something that does not belong to you. An act of theft could be:

In Michigan, a single instance of thievery can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of that which was stolen. The type of punishment administered also depends on the value of the item stolen and the criminal history of the defendant.

Felony theft charges are punished by time in state prison. If you for instance committed an act of larceny (theft) in a building, you face up to 4 years in state prison. If the responding officers found a weapon or firearm on or near your person at the time of the arrest you will face additional mandatory time in prison.

For less serious theft crimes such as shoplifting, typically fines, probation, and very brief jail sentences are merited. In some cases, a skilled Detroit criminal lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to return the item or pay the value of the item to the accuser in exchange for the theft charges to be dropped entirely.

If you or your loved one has been arrested for theft, contact the Detroit criminal lawyer today to begin working your case.