Retail Fraud & Theft Lawyers in Northville

A crime involving theft in Michigan is classified by several different terms. These terms include: retail fraud, larceny, embezzlement, etc. Each one of these terms have their own set of circumstances. Regardless of the circumstances if you’re facing an allegation of theft, you need to act quickly to protect yourself and your reputation. Theft crimes have major collateral consequences which are not always obvious. In fact, a crime of theft will follow you for the rest of your life.

If you, or someone you know was arrested or is being charged with a theft crime in Michigan, call our experienced Michigan criminal law attorneys for a confidential consultation today.

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The criminal defense lawyers at Kelly & Kelly P.C put together personalized plans for our clients to help navigate the system and address issues leading to their involvement in the criminal justice system. Our law firm focuses on putting the client in the best light when in front of the judge.

Michigan Retail Fraud

If you’ve been charged with a Theft Crime in Michigan, being issued a ticket by a police officer is not enough to convict you of the crime itself. Retail Fraud (Larceny) requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt the following elements:

– You took property the store offered for sale.

– You moved the property from its original position.

– The place where you took the item was a store open to the general public, or in the immediate area around the store.

– There was intent to steal the property.

– The place where you took the item was a store open to the general public, or in the immediate area around the store.

– The value of property taken fits the degree of retail fraud charged.

Punishments For Retail Fraud In Michigan

3rd Degree Retail Fraud: the value of the property is less than $200 – Penalty: Misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in the county jail.

2nd Degree Retail Fraud: the value of the property is greater than $200 but no more than $1,000 – Penalty: Misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail.

1st Degree Retail Fraud: the value of the property is more than $1,000 – Penalty: Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine or 3 times the value of the property taken.


In Michigan, the crime of embezzlement focuses on a person in a position of trust who uses that position to obtain a financial benefit without approval or knowledge of an employer or principal. Very often I see good people charged with this offense who simply made a mistake; but, big misunderstandings can quickly snowball into even bigger legal problems if you don’t take immediate action to protect yourself.

Other Criminal Law Areas

Our law firm handles many other issues related to criminal law in Michigan; these issues include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Retail Fraud (Theft)

  • Assault and Battery

  • Domestic Violence

  • Larceny

  • Malicious Destruction of Property

  • Traffic Offenses

  • License Restoration

  • Minors in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

  • Police and Arrest Issues

  • Searches and Seizures

  • Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substances Offenses

  • Juvenile Matters

Where We Serve Clients

The offices of Kelly & Kelly, P.C. is located in Northville, Michigan. Although this is our physical location, we represent clients all throughout Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, and many other locations throughout the State of Michigan. Our law firm is very familiar with the various court systems across the State.

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