Michigan Shoplifting Attorney
Many of our clients are employed, productive members of society, with no criminal record and strong support systems. When a new client visits our office and describes the circumstances of their retail fraud, or shoplifting, case, they often have no explanation as to why they decided to take an item they could easily pay for. This is one of the main reasons they need a Michigan shoplifting attorney.
When a client is unable to explain the behavior that put them in the uncharacteristic position of being charged with a crime such as retail fraud, i.e. theft, we often have to explore whether there are deeper issues affecting their lives.
One possible explanation is that a client may have a mental health condition affecting their thinking and decision making, which they are completely unaware of. Kleptomania.
Facing retail fraud, shoplifting or any other theft charges? Unhappy with your current attorney? Request a free consultation now.
What is Kleptomania?
Many people are aware of the term kleptomania, but what does it really mean? The Mayo Clinic defines Kleptomania as the:
“recurrent failure to resist urges to steal items that you generally don’t really need and that usually have little value.”
Indeed, many theft, retail fraud, or larceny cases stem from items taken from stores such as Kohl’s, JcPenny, Wal-Mart, supermarkets, etc.
Many times the individual doesn’t plan or conspire to commit retail fraud; they simply cannot control their urge to steal.
Kleptomania is a type of impulse control disorder — a disorder that’s characterized by problems with emotional or behavioral self-control.
If you have an impulse control disorder, you have difficulty resisting the temptation or impulse to perform an act that’s excessive or harmful to you or someone else.
The Consequences of Kleptomania
Bear in mind that kleptomania is a mental health condition, not a character flaw, which can cause significant emotional pain to you and your loved ones if not properly treated.
Kleptomania can also cause significant anxiety in those who come in contact with the police, courts, and even jail.
Having multiple retail fraud or theft convictions can and does ruin lives.
Many people risk their careers, family, social status, and more, simply because they don’t seek help for a recognized and legitimate disorder.
Many people with kleptomania live lives of secret shame because they’re afraid to seek mental health treatment.
Although there’s no cure for kleptomania, treatment with medication or counseling may be able to help end the cycle of compulsive stealing.
How Can You Help Me With My Retail Fraud Charge?
When a client is faced with retail fraud or other legal trouble as a result of a mental health disorder, our office works with the client to ensure they seek and receive the help they need.
Not only is treatment essential for the client’s long term well-being, it’s important to answer and explain uncharacteristic behavior.
When faced with theft charges, it’s vital that a client seek treatment that will demonstrate to the prosecution and judge that the behavior is being addressed, and the condition is being treated.
Our office does not simply process cases.
We meet with and counsel our clients in a manner that will not only resolve their case, but remedy any long-term issues that may affect their lives.
Facing retail fraud, shoplifting or any other theft charges? Unhappy with your current attorney? Request a free consultation now with a shoplifting attorney.
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.