Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: I got caught shoplifting on camera multiple times but only caught physically once. What can I be charged with. Jail?

This is my first offense. Have no other problems with the law. Can I still only be charged with thrid degree and if so will I go to jail. Or just pay a fine and community service or probation.

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Jasmine D. Rippy

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Eastpointe, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You can be charged with retail fraud. The degree will depend on the value of the stolen goods. If the value of the property is below $200, it is 3rd degree retail fraud, which is a 93-day misdemeanor. If the value of the property is between $200-$1,000, it is 2nd degree retail fraud, which is a one-year misdemeanor. If the value of the property is over $1,000, it is 1st degree, which is a 5-year felony. If your record is clean, you will likely be placed on probation instead of jail time. You will also have to pay fines and any applicable restitution, do community service, and possibly attend a retail fraud class.

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