Michigan Theft Crimes Blog Articles

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What is a UDAA in Michigan? The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Your Rights

If you have been charged with driving away an automobile, or UDAA, in Michigan, you may be wondering what your rights are. This is a severe charge resulting in jail time and a criminal record. We will explain what the charge means and what kind of defense you may be able to use if you are charged with UDAA.

In Michigan, two auto theft offenses involve the unlawful driving away of an automobile without intent to steal. The first is the unlawful driving away of an automobile or UDAA. The second is the Unauthorized Use of an Automobile. These auto theft offenses occur when a motor vehicle belongs to someone else and is driven away without permission.

Michigan Retail Fraud Criminal Charge: What is it?

In Michigan, shoplifting is referred to as retail fraud. A Michigan retail fraud case occurs when a person commits theft or an act of deception to obtain goods or services from any retail establishment. This can be done by using false pretenses, altering the price tags on items, falsifying discounts, and more. In all situations, the store must be open to the public.

The value of the property stolen determines the degree of retail fraud that is charged. The severity of the punishment for Michigan retail fraud charges also depends on whether or not the accused has any prior retail fraud convictions. A prior conviction can be used to enhance a shoplifting charge.

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