Ohio Theft Offenses and Penalties

A Theft charge is a serious and complicated matter, whether it is a first degree misdemeanor charge for shoplifting or a first degree felony aggravated theft charge.  Penalties vary based on the value of what was allegedly stolen, from who it was stolen, and what was stolen.  Further, there are civil ramifications that can include liability for three times the amount of what was stolen in addition to fees and costs.

Theft Definition:

 

Theft occurs when a person, with the purpose to deprive the owner of his property, knowingly obtains or exerts control over the property (a) without the owner’s consent; (b) beyond the scope of the owner’s consent; (c) by deception; (d) by threat; or (e) by intimidation.  Shoplifting from a store is a common example of theft.  (Revised Code Section 2913.02)

Civil Liability

(Revised Code Section 2307.61)

 

If you are convicted of theft, the property may sue you for their choice of either:

 

A.  The value of the property AND liquidated damages ($50 if value of property was $50 or less; $100.00 if value of the property was more than $50 up to $100; or $150 if the value of the property was more than $100)

 

OR

 

B.  Liquidated damages of either (a) $200; or (b) 3 times the value of the property.

 

 

The property owner may also be entitled to administrative costs, attorney’s fees, and costs in bringing the civil suit.

Criminal Defense Services

 

Sivinski Law Offices utilize their proven experience and skills to challenge and defend against all theft defenses.  From attacking the charges to obtain a dismissal, seeking reduced pleas, and obtaining diversion programs to protect against and minimize the charges, Sivinski Law Offices will aggressively fight for you.  To protect your rights, contact Sivinski Law Offices immediately, BEFORE mistakes are made and your rights are lost.

1st Degree Misdemeanor

(Jail time up to 180 days, fine up to $1,000.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Petty Theft (Property Value is than $1,000.00)

 

 

5th Degree Felony

(Prison time from 6 to 12 months, fine up to $2,500.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Theft (Property Value is $1,000.00 but less than $7,500.00)
  2. Also, if the item is a credit card, check, vehicle title, vehicle license plate, or driver’s license
  3. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value less than $1,000.00)
  4. Theft of a special purpose article (Revised Code Section 4737.04)
  5. Theft of a bulk merchandise container (Revised Code Section 4737.012)

 

 

4th Degree Felony

(Prison time from 6 to 18 months, fine up to $5,000.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Grand Theft (Property Value $7,500.00 but less than $150,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $1,000.00 but less than $7,000.00)
  3. Theft of a motor vehicle
  4. Theft of a dangerous drug

 

 

3rd Degree Felony

(Prison time of 9 to 36 months, fine up to $10,000.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $150,000.00 but less than $750,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $7,000.00 but less than $37,500.00)
  3. Theft of a firearm or dangerous ordnance
  4. Theft of a dangerous drug, and offender has a prior felony drug abuse offense
  5. Theft of a police dog or horse or an assistance dog
  6. Theft of anhydrous ammonia

 

 

2nd Degree Felony

(Prison time from 2 to 8 years, fine up to $15,000.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $750,000.00 but less than $1,500,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $37,500.00 but less than $150,000.00)

 

 

1st Degree Felony

(Prison time from 3 and 11 years, fine up to $20,000.00, Restitution)

 

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $1,500,000.00 or more)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $150,000.00 or more)
  3. Theft of a firearm or dangerous ordnance from a federally licensed firearms dealer

 

 

 

Restitution: Compensate victim for economic loss

 

Theft of gas from a gas station:  Court may also impose up to 6 month license suspension, or if prior conviction 6 months to a year, or in the alternative order community service.

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