Financial crimes and other crimes involving theft and dishonesty can be painfully simple or extremely complex. Have you ever gotten distracted and taken something that wasn’t yours but never with the intention of permanently depriving the shopkeeper of the item by not paying for it? That’s how easy it is to make a life-changing mistake.
At Mas/Stig-Nielsen we utilize smart criminal defense to achieve the best possible result for you based on the situation. If your activity is more akin to what is known in Benzie County as retail fraud, you need someone in your corner to help coordinate not only a plea reduction but also one that includes letters from your friends and employer to help the judge better understand your mistake and how or why it happened. Life can be tough and confusing and sometimes we don’t understand our own actions at a given time.
At Mas/Stig-Nielsen we have seen it all and then some. Let us help you find the truth in your financial crime case, be it through trial or treatment so that you are able to move forward in your life.
We use our skills and experience to ensure due process for every one of our clients. This means that we make sure you understand your constitutional rights and work with you to make sure that they are respected during your arrest and any interactions with the police and prosecution. Should your rights be violated, we will immediately move to try and significantly reduce the charges against you or, ideally, have them dismissed entirely.
A person accused of theft and larceny crimes, especially if they involve embezzlement charges, should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as they are charged or have reason to believe they are about to be. Early preparation will increase the chances of a successful defense.
Michigan law defines larceny as the act of stealing property from another person. The use of force or breaking into a structure is not required. While many other states use the term theft, Michigan refers to this type of property crime as larceny and recognizes varying degrees of severity.
Depending on the value of the property, where the theft occurred, and whether the person has previous larceny convictions, larceny may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor in Michigan. There are also crimes related to larceny, such as:
An experienced lawyer for theft charges will explain how the law may apply to your particular case.
Petty larceny and grand larceny differ in the value of the items stolen. Michigan uses the terms misdemeanor and felony larceny.
There are two levels of misdemeanor larceny:
Just like misdemeanor larceny, there are two levels of felony (grand) larceny in Michigan:
A felony theft charge also applies to when you break into or otherwise damage motor vehicles, trailers, or any motor vehicle part.
Potential penalties are outlined in the next section. If you are facing grand larceny charges in Michigan, call a felony theft attorney immediately.
A Michigan larceny crime will be charged as a felony if the property allegedly stolen is worth $1,000 or more but less than $5,000. If convicted, you could spend up to five years in state prison and pay a fine of $10,000 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is higher.
If the property was worth $20,000 or more, the punishment is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $15,000 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is higher.
When you risk spending so many years of your life in custody, it becomes imperative that you call a larceny lawyer for help and representation as soon as you are charged. Until they arrive, say nothing to the police, even if you’re desperate to convince them that they made a mistake. Anything you say can -and likely will- be used against you if criminal proceedings continue, so speak to your attorney first and follow their advice afterward.
Michigan Penal Code section 750.362 defines larceny by conversion as an offense that occurs when:
If you ask to test drive a motorcycle and the owner lets you, you would commit larceny by conversion if you kept it afterward instead of returning it to the owner. You may have been allowed to drive the motorcycle for a few minutes, but not keep it permanently.
If you've been charged with a property crime, Mas/Stig-Nielsen can help you fight the charges. All possible defense options and sentencing alternatives will be considered to ensure a favorable outcome in your case. In some cases, we can show the prosecution that no theft occurred: the items in question may not have been taken, they may have actually been yours, or you may not have intended to keep them.
Regardless of the circumstances, we will present the most strategic defense possible. To schedule a consultation, call (231) 714-4128 or contact us online.