If I was charged with shoplifting and it is my second time in trouble, do I need a lawyer or let them appoint me one?

What’s a person looking at like fines or jail time? Do they need a lawyer?

Asked on February 29, 2012 under Criminal Law, Tennessee


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

For a second shoplifting offense, the court can be less lenient than the first go around. Under Michigan law, for a retail fraud second offense, a person could face up to one year in jail. I would advise handling this with a attorney in your area. if you cannot afford an attorney, then the court will appoint one for you. 

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