Clients ask us whether this type of charge could cost them their job? Our answer? Absolutely! We work with health care professionals who are not allowed to hold certain licenses if they have been convicted of retail fraud, which is a crime of theft, fraud and dishonesty. We work with teachers, executives, accountants, lawyers and police officers who find themselves in this same position.
In any job of trust with the general public, especially handling sensitive information such as medical or financial, there is a risk you will be fired, and or lose you ability to practice in your field in Michigan.
So what do you? We put all clients charged with retail fraud on a proactive plan from day one. This allows the client to control the present and preview the future for the judge and prosecutor. We can't change the past, but we can make a difference in the case going forward.
Without a prior record, a prosecutor MAY offer up a deal of a dismissal upon completion of probation. This is a decent deal, but it would mean having this conviction on your record during probation, which could be up to 2 years. Even though this charge might be dismissed in the future, you're taking a conviction in the present, which puts your career in danger.
Our clients have earned even better results than the above deal. We've been able to have the prosecutor to agree to what we call the "double dismissal". This means the prosecutor agrees to dismiss the retail fraud and amend the charge to something like disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor, but not a crime of theft, fraud and dishonesty. On top of that, we secure that same deferral dismissal upon completion of probation.
Why is that important? Because you're never convicted of retail fraud and while on probation, you're on probation for disorderly conduct, which should not trigger many of the concerns of a retail fraud conviction. Then when the probation is over, the amended charge is also cleared off, and you have a fresh start while avoiding that danger zone of having the retail fraud on your record during probation.
Interested in this type of result? Let's talk.