A conviction for retail fraud, i.e. theft, is just like any other criminal conviction: you’ll have a criminal record that may follow you for the rest of your life. If you’re facing charges, immediately speak with a retail fraud defense lawyer.
When you apply for a job, the employer will see the conviction when it does a criminal background check.
Having a theft conviction may make it harder for you to find a job.
Also, if you apply for college or professional licenses, any criminal conviction may be discovered.
Lastly, having a theft conviction may be considered a crime of “moral turpitude” which can have serious immigration consequences.
It’s no surprise that a potential employer, school, or immigration authority, would have concerns about an individual with a theft conviction.
However, many individuals are not afforded the opportunity to provide an explanation regarding an accusation or theft conviction which may result from a simple misunderstanding or theft of low dollar value item(s).
As a result, it is important to explore all evidence brought against you and explore every option available in order to do whatever is necessary to keep a theft conviction off your public record.
Retail Fraud Defense Strategies
One strategy our firm employs to avoid negative consequences of a theft conviction is to negotiate a resolution with the prosecution and court whereby our client is able to avoid having a criminal conviction on their record.
The substance of such negotiations can vary, but our objective is to ensure the client’s case is resolved without any theft or retail fraud conviction on their record.
If we obtain evidence, such as surveillance video, that’s favorable to our clients, it’s possible that the case can be dismissed without any conditions.
However, if our client made a written or verbal admission to the authorities, the case may require us to negotiate a dismissal with conditions.
Sometimes we’re able to negotiate a dismissal upon payment of fines and costs along with a stipulation that the client will not engage in criminal activity for an agreed upon period of time.
Other times the client may have to complete community service or other programs in order to qualify for the dismissal.
Negotiated outcomes depend on the particular court, prosecutor, judge, and client.
Our Priority is No Conviction
No matter which strategy we elect to pursue, the number one priority is to ensure the client exits the process with no conviction on their record.
Although people make mistakes, it’s vital that a theft charge not affect a career, education, or citizenship.
Hiring an attorney who is familiar with courts and prosecutors is the first step to avoid the long term consequences of having a theft conviction.
Attorney Morris is trial lawyer who has been providing high-quality legal representation in the areas of state and federal criminal defense for more than 20 years. He’s known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he’s dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is always prepared to successfully take on complex legal issues. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.
Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society, and is the only forensic lawyer-scientist in Michigan. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He’s also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.
Barton Morris is consistently chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit and for DUI/OWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. He has also been chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense.