Grand Rapids Theft Attorneys
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What Constitutes the crime of Theft?
Michigan criminal laws refer to theft as "larceny." A person commits larceny if they steal property that belongs to another person or entity. Larceny can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the dollar value of the property in taken.
When the property allegedly stolen is valued at less than $200, the larceny offense (also called “petty larceny” or “petty theft”) is a misdemeanor under Michigan law, punishable by imprisonment for no more than 93 days and/or a fine of up to $500 or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. A person who steals property from a store which is priced at less than $200 commits retail fraud in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
If the property stolen is valued at $200-$1,000, the theft offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment and/or $2,000 in fines or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
Larceny is a felony when the property allegedly stolen is valued at $1,000-$20,000, or if the property is a motor vehicle or trailer, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of not more than $10,000 or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. A person who steals from a store property priced at $1,000 or more commits retail fraud in the first degree. If the property stolen is valued at $20,000 or more, the alleged theft offense is a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000 or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
In addition to the above criminal penalties, a person who commits retail fraud in the first, second, or third degree may also be held liable to the store owner for the full retail price of the stolen property.
Previous convictions can also impact on sentencing. One or more theft-related offenses in Michigan or elsewhere could increase a punishment to the next most serious theft offense under Michigan law.
Seek an Experienced Team
If you have been accused of Larceny in Michigan there are elements to the crime that the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. One of the most important preliminary jobs of a defense attorney is to independently evaluate whether or not proof beyond a reasonable doubt of all the elements exist. If you have been charged with Larceny, consult with our team for free, and ask us to go through each element for you, discuss each one with you, and provide you with our opinion of a theory for your defense.