A Theft charge is a serious and complicated matter, whether it is a first degree misdemeanor charge for shoplifting or a first degree felony aggravated theft charge. Penalties vary based on the value of what was allegedly stolen, from who it was stolen, and what was stolen. Further, there are civil ramifications that can include liability for three times the amount of what was stolen in addition to fees and costs.
Theft occurs when a person, with the purpose to deprive the owner of his property, knowingly obtains or exerts control over the property (a) without the owner’s consent; (b) beyond the scope of the owner’s consent; (c) by deception; (d) by threat; or (e) by intimidation. Shoplifting from a store is a common example of theft. (Revised Code Section 2913.02)
(Revised Code Section 2307.61)
If you are convicted of theft, the property may sue you for their choice of either:
A. The value of the property AND liquidated damages ($50 if value of property was $50 or less; $100.00 if value of the property was more than $50 up to $100; or $150 if the value of the property was more than $100)
B. Liquidated damages of either (a) $200; or (b) 3 times the value of the property.
The property owner may also be entitled to administrative costs, attorney’s fees, and costs in bringing the civil suit.
(Revised Code Section 2913.04)
Sometimes a theft charge might be reduced to an unauthorized use of property charge, which states, "No person shall knowingly use or operate the property of another without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent." Unauthorized use is, in many circumstances, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree with penalties including jail up to 30 days and a fine up to $250.00
Smith's Law Offices utilize their proven experience and skills to challenge and defend against all theft defenses. From attacking the charges to obtain a dismissal, seeking reduced pleas, and obtaining diversion programs to protect against and minimize the charges, Smith's Law Offices will aggressively fight for you. To protect your rights, contact Smith's Law Offices immediately, BEFORE mistakes are made and your rights are lost.
(Jail time up to 180 days, fine up to $1,000.00, Restitution)
(Prison time from 6 to 12 months, fine up to $2,500.00, Restitution)
(Prison time from 6 to 18 months, fine up to $5,000.00, Restitution)
(Prison time of 9 to 36 months, fine up to $10,000.00, Restitution)
(Prison time from 2 to 8 years, fine up to $15,000.00, Restitution)
(Prison time from 3 and 11 years, fine up to $20,000.00, Restitution)
Restitution: Compensate victim for economic loss
Theft of gas from a gas station: Court may also impose up to 6 month license suspension, or if prior conviction 6 months to a year, or in the alternative order community service.
Contact the Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys at Smith's Law Offices for a free consultation immediately, so we can start to protect your rights before they are lost.
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