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Petty Theft in the State of Ohio has petty in the name, but the charge is very serious. It can carry a jail sentence of up to 180 days and a $1000 fine. A judge can order restitution to be paid to the victim, and a no contact order with the victim can be put into place as well.
However, Theft in the State of Ohio can be a felony as well.
Petty theft is a misdemeanor of the 1st degree and is any theft that is valued under $1000.
Theft is a felony of the 5th degree if the amount is $1000 or more but less than $7500.
Grand Theft is a felony of the 4th degree if the amount is $7500 or more but less than $150000.
Aggravated Theft is a felony of the 3rd degree if the amount is $150000 or more but less than $750000.
Aggravated Theft is a felony of the 2nd degree if the amount is $750000 or more but less than $1500000.
Aggravated Theft is a felony of the 1st degree if the amount is more than $1500000.
The value can be the value of money, property, or services stolen.
How is theft defined in Ohio?
“No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:
(1) Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
(2) Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
(3) By deception;
(4) By threat;
(5) By intimidation.”
Theft can be through threat, intimidation, or deception. It can also be charged if property is used beyond the scope of the consent of the owner. The prosecutor must be able to prove that the offender knowingly committed the acts that are being alleged.
What can you do?
Call now at 419-242-8214 for a free consultation. If you have been accused or charged with theft, the ramifications are far-reaching. If you, or someone you care about, has been charged with an offense of Theft in Toledo or the surrounding area including Oregon, Maumee, Sylvania, Bowling Green, or Perrysburg, contact an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer, Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law. He will fight to get your criminal case a favorable outcome while protecting your rights. Steps should be taken as soon as possible to address these charges. Contact Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law, right away at 419-242-8214 to set up a free consultation.