Theft is defined under Ohio law as a person purposefully taking or depriving the owner of property or services. It is punishable by law whether it was done by deception, by threat, or by using property beyond the scope of the owner's permission.
At a minimum, theft offenses are first degree misdemeanors. Depending on the value of the alleged property or services taken, a theft can range from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the first degree. Thefts involving the elderly, the disabled, or active duty service members raise the level of the offense and are frequently punished more severely.
Theft offenses are crimes of moral turpitude under Ohio law, and can interfere with your career if you have a professional license or plan on obtaining one.
Ohio attorney Brandon Shroy has been successfully fighting to protect the rights of Ohio's citizens for 12 years in and around Franklin County. Let him use his experience to get you the best possible outcome.