Having a surveillance camera in and around a person’s home is no longer a rarity. Many companies are making it easy and affordable for just about anybody to set up some kind of security system and surveillance system. Homeowners have a many different options from being able to lock doors remotely, watch in real time off site, and have cameras inside and outside their home. These cameras can be smaller and harder to recognize.
Caught Stealing Mail
For one Waterford, Michigan homeowner, having a surveillance camera in their yard allowed them to see the face of the person that stole their package right off their front porch. According to video in an article published by the Detroit News, the homeowner was able to witness a person driving up to their home, walk through their yard, walk right up to the front porch, steal the UPS package, and ride right off.
Stealing packages have been on ongoing issue and the State of Michigan takes a crime like this seriously. However, a crime like this has not always been easy to trace. That is no longer the case. With home surveillance becoming more common, some people are finding themselves caught in the crime of larceny. To steal property that belongs to another person, including money, goods, receipts, real estate deeds, and public records are all considered “larceny”.
What is the Penalty for Larceny in Michigan?
In Michigan and like most states, the punishment for larceny can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the exact amount of the property that was stolen and the circumstances that surrounded the crime. For the crime to be considered a misdemeanor, the property stolen will be valued at less than $200. This can be called a “petty theft.” Even when charged with a “petty theft”, one can get up to 93 days in jail and, or will have to pay a fine.
For a theft crime to be considered a felony in Michigan the property stolen will be valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. A person can receive up to 5 years in prison and/or pay a fine up to $10,000.
Seek Experienced Legal Advice
If you or someone you know has been caught stealing and is under an investigation for larceny it is important to seek legal advice immediately. There are options for you. While not every case is the same, having an experienced defense attorney can help you find ways to make sure you do not have to experience any unjust sentencing.
For example, back in December of 2014, a mail carrier was accused with stealing as many so 2,000 pieces of mail in suburban Detroit. Sharon Berrien of Detroit avoided charges by pleading guilty. In her confession she stated that she would steal greeting cards take the money she would find and toss the rest of the cards down I-94. Her sentencing was to pay a $1,500 fine and perform 40 hours of community service.
There is no way to determine if this will happen with each case, but having an experienced defense lawyer will help to make sure that you receive the best chance possible. Contact my office today, share your story, and I will work with you to come up with the best plan for you.
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