Noble County Theft Crime Lawyers
Aggressive Defense Against Theft Charges in Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, and Washington Counties
Theft crimes are a large and nuanced offense, covering everything from misdemeanor shoplifting charges to felony armed robbery. Depending on the seriousness of the crime and the circumstances, including whether violence was involved or if the accused has a prior criminal history, you could still be looking at harsh prison sentences, fines, and restitution for a conviction. You will also gain a permanent criminal record that can make it challenging to find employment and housing or to qualify for a professional license in careers like nursing, real estate, government jobs, and more.
The decisions you make following an arrest for theft can play a huge role in what happens to you as you proceed through the criminal justice system. You need an experienced theft crime defense attorney in Coshocton and Noble County to protect your rights and future. Cross Law Office will take the time to ensure your case is thoroughly investigated to look for weaknesses in the prosecution’s charge against you and to fight hard to put you in the best possible legal position.
Are you facing a theft crimes charge in Ohio? Call Cross Law Office, LLC today at (740) 997-2004 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our theft crime attorneys in Noble County or Coshocton County!
Theft Crimes in Ohio
Section 2913.02 of the Ohio Revised Code defines theft as the unlawful taking of another’s property or services without consent and to deprive the owner of said property. This can occur through threat, deception, or intimidation on behalf of the accused.
Theft crimes can include, but are not limited to:
- Petty theft
- Robbery and armed robbery
- Identity theft
- Credit card theft
- Dealing in stolen goods
What are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Ohio?
In Ohio, the penalties for theft crimes vary depending on the specific offense, the value of the stolen property, and whether or not the offender has any prior convictions. Here are the penalties for some common theft crimes in Ohio:
- Petty Theft: Petty theft, also known as "petty larceny," involves the theft of property valued at less than $1,000. In Ohio, petty theft is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Shoplifting: Shoplifting is a form of petty theft that involves stealing merchandise from a store. The penalties for shoplifting in Ohio are the same as for petty theft.
- Burglary: Burglary is the act of entering a building or facility with the intent to commit a crime, typically theft. In Ohio, burglary is a felony offense punishable by up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
- Robbery and Armed Robbery: Robbery is taking property from another person by force or threat of force. Armed robbery is a robbery committed with a weapon. In Ohio, robbery is a felony offense punishable by up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Armed robbery is a more serious offense and carries a penalty of up to 18 years in prison.
- Embezzlement: Embezzlement is the theft of money or property by a person entrusted with it. In Ohio, embezzlement is a felony offense punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Identity Theft: Identity theft is the use of another person's personal information for financial gain. In Ohio, identity theft is a felony offense punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Credit Card Theft: Credit card theft is the unauthorized use of another person's credit card. In Ohio, credit card theft is a felony offense punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Dealing in Stolen Goods: Dealing with stolen goods involves buying or selling property that has been stolen. In Ohio, dealing in stolen goods is a felony offense punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
It's worth noting that these penalties are subject to change and may be influenced by various factors, including the specific circumstances of the offense, the defendant's criminal history, and the discretion of the judge presiding over the case.
Of the above, burglary and robbery are particularly serious, as both are classified as felony offenses. Under Section 2911.12 of the Ohio Revised Code, burglary occurs when a person trespasses into any building intending to commit a criminal offense.
Similarly, under Section 2911.02, robbery involves using a deadly weapon or using or threatening physical harm to another to commit theft. These offenses can be charged as felonies in their second or third degree, depending on the circumstances.
Defenses For Theft Charges in Ohio
If you are facing theft charges in Ohio, there are several defenses that you and your attorney may consider. Here are some possible defenses:
- Lack of intent: To be convicted of theft, the prosecution must prove that you had the intent to steal. This could be a strong defense if you demonstrate that you intended to avoid taking the property.
- Mistake of fact: If you demonstrate that you honestly believed the property you took was rightfully yours, this may be a viable defense. For example, if you accidentally took someone else's bag because it looked like yours, this could be a mistake of fact.
- Consent: If the property owner permitted you to take it, this would be a strong defense against theft charges.
- Lack of evidence: This may be a strong defense if the prosecution cannot provide sufficient evidence that you committed the theft. Your attorney may challenge the prosecution's evidence, such as witness testimony or video footage.
- Duress: If you were forced to commit the theft under threat of harm, this might be a viable defense.
- Entrapment: This may be a valid defense if you can demonstrate that you were induced or coerced by law enforcement to commit the theft.
It's important to note that these defenses' viability will depend on your case's specific circumstances. If you are facing theft charges in Ohio, it's important to consult with an experienced theft crime defense attorney in Noble County who can help you explore your options and build a strong defense.
Contact Our Noble County and Coshocton County Theft Crime Attorneys Today
Facing the criminal justice system can be daunting and should never be attempted without representation that you can trust. Cross Law Office has proven itself regarding legal ability and integrity over the years. Our knowledge and ability to stand up to any challenge have been paramount in the success of our client’s cases.
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Contact Cross Law Office, LLC today to schedule a consultation with one of our theft crime lawyers serving Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties.
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