(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