Retail Fraud — commonly known as shoplifting — is a crime in every state in the U.S. Many businesses perceive this crime to be increasing and have become more aggressive in their enforcement by using in-store detectives or loss prevention employees.
Retailers’ Rights to Detain Suspected Shoplifters
Typically, once a person has been found shoplifting, he is taken to a private area away from the main store area for detention while the police are called, which also gives the offender the opportunity to call a shoplifting defense attorney. If the shoplifter is a minor, his parents are often called. Once the police arrive, the suspected shoplifter is often read his rights, searched, and arrested.
Holmes Youthful Trainee Act
In Michigan, offenders aged 17 years and older are charged as adults for criminal offenses. However, the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act gives youthful offenders the chance to keep criminal offenses off their records. This law does not apply to juvenile offenders under the age of 17 and offenders above the age of 24. The main benefit of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act is that it helps youthful offenders avoid the stigma and label of a criminal conviction.
Youthful offenders who seek the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act are required, through their Michigan criminal defense attorney, to plead guilty to their offenses before they can be considered for HYTA pleas. Once a person has been accepted into the HYTA status, his record is sealed and kept away from public view unless he violates the HYTA status.
How does someone get HYTA status?
Shoplifting is crime that could result in fines and jail time. If you’ve been charged with retail fraud or shoplifting, give us a call to discuss your case. 616-773-2945