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Theft Crimes Defense Attorneys in Noble County
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Theft crimes are a large and nuanced category of 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 difficult to find employment, 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, which is why you need an experienced theft crime defense attorney in Noble County to protect your rights and future. Cross Law Office will take the time to ensure your case is fully 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.
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 in order to deprive the owner of said property. This can occur through threat, deception, or intimidation on behalf of the accused.
Potential punishments for a theft conviction are categorized according to the value of goods, services, or property stolen and “property” can refer to anything owned by a person or group, from personal belongings to store merchandise; real property; computer data, such as one’s identifying information; and more.
Theft crimes can include, but are not limited to:
- Petty theft
- Robbery and armed robbery
- Identity theft
- Credit card theft
- Dealing in stolen goods
Of the above, burglary and robbery are particularly serious, as both are classified as felony offenses. Under Section 2911.12 of the Ohio Revise Code, burglary occurs when a person trespasses into any building with the intent to commit a criminal offense.
Similarly, under Section 2911.02, robbery involves the use of a deadly weapon or using or threatening physical harm to another, in order to commit theft. Bot of these offenses can be charges as felonies in their second or third degree, depending on the circumstances.
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Facing the criminal justice system can be a daunting process and should never be attempted without representation that you can trust. Cross Law Office has proven itself over the years in terms of legal ability and integrity. Our knowledge and ability to stand up to any challenge has been paramount in the success of our clients’ cases.
We also do things differently – as a tech savvy, available, and communicative firm, you can trust that we will be there to answer your questions and concerns when you need us most. If you are facing any kind of theft accusation or investigation, we urge you to take advantage of our reliable legal services.
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