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What Are Michigan’s Theft Crime Penalties?

Theft is a broad term which encompasses many different crimes, from shoplifting to embezzlement and everything in between. The Michigan penal code has sections that address the theft of particular items or products, including copper and silver ore, vehicles, credit cards, and financial information. Other sections outline punishments based on the value of the property stolen.

A theft offense can be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony in Michigan. Felonies are more serious and can mean harsher punishments if the charges are not overturned or reduced.

When Does Theft Become a Felony?

A theft crime may be categorized as a felony rather than a misdemeanor if:

  • The stolen property was worth $20,000 or more. Penalties include up to 10 years in prison and a minimum $15,000 fine.
  • The stolen property was worth $1,000 or more. Penalties include up to 5 years in prison and a minimum $10,000 fine.
  • The stolen property is worth at least $200 and the accused has at least one prior conviction for a theft of at least $1,000

Experienced Theft Crime Legal Counsel

Depending on your circumstances and any prior convictions, theft charges can quickly get complicated. That’s why you need an aggressive Birmingham theft crimes attorney on your side. We, at Rights First Law, can discuss the particulars of your case with you so you know exactly what you’re facing. Our criminal defense attorney can come alongside you and stand up for your rights in court.

Stephanie N. Fakih, founder and principal attorney at Rights First Law, was an attorney for the State Appellate Defender’s Office in Michigan before starting her own practice. Her passion is to educate people about their rights, and that carries over into everything we do.

We are aggressive defenders who fight to ensure our clients are treated fairly. We handle both simple and complex theft cases, and we offer free consultations so you can understand the court process before you begin.

Call (248) 785-3334 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our theft crimes attorney in Birmingham, Michigan.

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