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Theft Charges & Penalties in Ohio

  • 1st Degree Misdemeanor: up to $1k &/or up to 180 Days
  • 5th Degree Felony: up to $2.5k &/or up to 12 Months
  • 4th Degree Felony: up to $5k &/or up to 18 Months
  • 3rd Degree Felony: up to $10k &/or up to 5 Years
  • 2nd Degree Felony: up to $15k &/or up to 8 Years
  • 1st Degree Felony: up to $20k &/or up to 11 Years

In addition, if convicted of theft, you may be liable to compensate the owner in additional ways, such as paying back the monetary or retail value of the stolen property, paying for other damages, or paying for the administrative costs of bringing a suit against you.

Theft can range from 1st misdemeanor charges to felony charges and occurs when one individual takes another’s property without or beyond the authorized consent of the owner, either through:

  • Deception
  • Threat
  • Intimidation

At Rhys Brendan Cartwright-Jones, Attorney & Counselor at Law, our Youngstown theft crimes attorney can help you through your circumstances. As a former prosecutor, Rhys has unique insight into how the prosecution will approach your case and can use that in order to poke holes in their claims against you. With more than a decade of experience behind us, we are capable of handling a range of cases, from start to finish.

Facing 1st degree misdemeanor charges or felony charges for theft? Contacting our theft attorney in Youngstown today at (330) 299-4077. We offer free consultations.

Ohio Felony Theft Charges

Typically, if the amount of property stolen is worth more than $1,000, the crime is considered felony theft. In some circumstances, even if the amount is less than $1,000, felony charges may be brought, such as in the case of stealing a vehicle, credit card, firearm, or drugs.

Can you go to Jail for Petty Theft in Ohio?

In the state of Ohio, theft is classified by the value of the services or property that was stolen. Under Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2913.02 petty theft is the lowest level of theft and is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor.

Petty theft occurs when the services or property stolen is less than $1,000. A petty theft conviction can include the following consequences:

  • A $1,000 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Or both

What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

Man stealing phone out of purse - theft charges in Ohio

The crimes of robbery and burglary are often incorrectly used interchangeably. Most people assume that they are both just terms used to describe theft but that is not the case.

Robbery is similar to theft in that it is the unlawful taking of a person's property, however, it differs in that it includes the use, or threat, of force. Whereas Burglary, which oftentimes involves theft, is actually considered a property crime and involves the entering of a property with the intent to commit a crime.

It is important to remember that in the case of robbery, force, or violence, is a component of the crime but that doesn't mean violence has to physically occur for a robbery to have taken place. The simple threat of violence during the theft would also classify the crime as a robbery. Similarly, the crime of burglary will often be accompanied by a crime, usually theft, however, burglary looks at the offender's intention to commit a crime after entering a building such as a home, rather than if the crime was actually carried out.

If you have been accused of a theft crime, such as robbery, get in touch with our firm as soon as possible to learn more about your options and discuss your case with a former prosecutor. Our Youngstown theft attorney can walk you through your options and fight on your behalf.

If you are facing theft charges, contact our theft lawyer in Youngstown today at (330) 299-4077 for a free consultation.

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