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What Is Considered Theft in Ohio?

Theft occurs when one individual takes another’s property without or beyond the authorized consent of the owner, either through:

  • Deception
  • Threat
  • Intimidation

Theft can range from misdemeanor charges to felony charges. All these charges are serious and can have a substantial impact on your quality of life and your future.

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.

Find out more about your options by contacting our theft attorney in Youngstown today at (330) 299-4077. We offer free consultations.

Ohio Theft Crime Penalties

The punishments for theft vary according to the level of the crime, which is based on the value of what was allegedly stolen.

Theft crimes and their corresponding punishments are as follows:

  • First-degree misdemeanor theft: Fines of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 180 days
  • Fifth-degree felony theft: Fines of up to $2,500 and imprisonment for 6 to 12 months
  • Fourth-degree felony theft: Fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for 6 to 18 months
  • Third-degree felony theft: Fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for 1 to 5 years
  • Second-degree felony theft: Fines of up to $15,000 and imprisonment for 2 to 8 years
  • First-degree felony theft: Fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment for 3 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.

When Does Theft Become a Felony Charge?

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.

Robbery vs Burglary

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.

What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

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.

Contact our theft lawyer in Youngstown today at (330) 299-4077 for a free consultation.

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