If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, the legal team at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office is ready to assist you. Michigan’s criminal laws can be complicated and difficult to understand, but we explain the charges against you and guide you through each step of the process. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, but they can still have lasting consequences. It is important to retain an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to defend your charges and protect your record.
While misdemeanors are lesser charges for mostly nonviolent crimes or unlawful behavior, these charges are still very serious. Misdemeanors are often juvenile crimes and they can negatively impact a teen’s record and affect opportunities for future employment. Examples of Michigan misdemeanors and the penalties for conviction are:
What is retail fraud? Most often, this is a criminal offense that is charged for what we know more colloquially as “shoplifting.” There are retail establishments of many sizes in Grand Rapids, some locally owned and some national chains. Many of these stores take steps to reduce loss and to prevent theft, and they can have surveillance cameras in their shops in addition to training their employees in loss-prevention techniques. Even the most diligent retailers, however, experience losses as a result of theft and retail fraud, and as such Michigan courts are eager to penalize individuals who have been accused of these offenses.
If you were arrested for theft or a retail fraud offense in Michigan, you could be facing serious penalties, including a felony conviction and a term of imprisonment. It is extremely important to begin working with a Grand Rapids retail fraud attorney who can get started on your defense today.
Depending upon the type of property stolen in a retail fraud or theft case, and the value of the property, the accused can face anywhere from a third-degree retail fraud misdemeanor conviction up to a first-degree retail fraud felony conviction. Under MCL 750.356, the following are possible charges and penalties for retail fraud or retail theft offenses:
For college students and other young offenders, the court may determine that diversionary programs are appropriate. For instance, offenders under the age of 24 can be eligible to have their cases dismissed, depending upon specific circumstances of the case, once a probationary period has been completed. First-time offenders can also be eligible for certain diversionary programs, and an experienced Grand Rapids defense lawyer can work to keep a criminal charge off your record.
Having your record expunged is extremely beneficial because it allows you to legally tell employers, colleges, or others that you have never been convicted of a crime. The procedure for expunging a criminal conviction can be complicated and several requirements must be met for you to be eligible. Thus, it is essential that you work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to ensure that all paperwork is completed correctly and sent to the proper agencies. Having an attorney by your side during your expungement hearing can also make all the difference in the outcome.
At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we diligently work to have your misdemeanor charges reduced, eliminated, or expunged. Please call us at 616-698-0000 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can help you. We are also available on Skype by appointment.
To talk with our attorney about your legal concerns, contact the Van Den Heuvel Law Office by calling 616-698-0000. You may also complete our online contact form. After-hours consultations are available by appointment. We are also available on Skype by appointment.