Michigan Theft and Property Crimes

Theif stealing tools from retail storeThere are many crimes that fall under the criminal codes for theft and property crimes. Each of these crimes can be serious offenses that can carry severe penalties. Depending on the crime and the punishment, the negative consequences for your future can be significant. In addition to facing potential jail time and high fines, your future job possibilities could be limited as could your future educational choices. It is crucial you have an experienced Michigan theft and property crimes attorney on your side as soon as possible.  Even before you are arrested, investigators may be interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence against you. You should not answer questions or agree to an interview without first speaking with an attorney. It is in your best interest to have a Michigan criminal defense lawyer with you whenever you are being interrogated or answering informal questions from a law enforcement officer, a prosecutor, or another agent of the court.  If you have been arrested for a theft crime or you suspect you are under investigation, call 517-347-6900 immediately to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys.

Our Michigan Theft Lawyers Handle a Variety of Cases

Our criminal defense lawyers have experience handling a variety of theft and property crime charges including:

  • Embezzlement
  • Robbery (Armed and Unarmed)
  • Auto Theft
  • Shoplifting and Retail Theft
  • Larceny
  • Breaking into Homes
  • Joyriding
  • Check Forgery
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Burglary
  • Other Types of Property and Theft Crimes

Property and theft crimes involve the damage, theft, or destruction of property. This can include vandalism in addition to common petty theft.  No theft or property crime should be considered “minor.” You need to take a criminal charge serious, regardless of the charge. A conviction can carry serious implications, especially if you are convicted of a felony charge. Instead of relying on yourself or a public defender, contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers to protect your legal rights.

What are the Potential Consequences of a Property or Theft Crime Conviction?

The sentence for a conviction depends on many factors, including the specific criminal charge and whether the state has enacted mandatory sentencing for that crime. In many cases, the severity of the punishment will depend on the value of the property damaged or stolen.  For example, if you embezzle money or property worth under $200, the maximum jail time is 93 days, and the maximum fine is $500 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever amount is higher.  However, if the property or money is worth $2,000, your maximum jail time increases to five years and the maximum fine increases to the greater of $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled.  In addition to fines, jail time, probation, and other penalties, you will also have a permanent criminal record. While the other penalties will eventually go away, a permanent criminal record follows you for the rest of your life.

Developing a Strong Defense Strategy

Being arrested is not a conviction. The state must still do its job by obtaining evidence to prove its case and convincing a jury of your guilt. There are many ways that we can refute evidence to highlight the weaknesses and holes in the prosecution’s case.  We understand that you may be experiencing an elevated level of stress and anxiety at the thought of what might happen. Many times, your stress and anxiety exist because you do not understand the process. Our attorneys are with you and by your side during every step of the process. From attending court hearings and police interviews to preparing you for depositions, one of our goals is to ease your stress by keeping you informed of each development in your case.  We will work with you and other professionals to explore ways to avoid a conviction or have your charges and penalties reduced. Our lawyers are highly-efficient and trained negotiators in addition to experienced trial attorneys.

Call for Your Free Legal Consultation

Every case is unique, and we treat you as an individual. We do not offer cookie-cutter solutions or automatically suggest you accept a plea bargain.  We will do what is in your best interest from your first meeting with our lawyers through the conclusion of your case.  Contact The Clark Law Office by calling 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Michigan theft and property crimes lawyer. We have offices in Okemos and Lansing for your convenience.