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Theft in the state of Ohio is a serious criminal offense that carries severe penalties, if convicted.

Theft is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2913.02) as purposefully depriving someone of his or her property or services without their consent, and knowingly taking or exerting control over the property through an act of deception, threat, or intimidation. Theft typically takes place at someone’s home, job, store or on the street.

If you are facing a theft offense conviction, the resulting penalties are dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. The actual charge you will face and penalties will depend on the following factors:

  • The monetary value of the property stolen
  • If a deadly weapon was involved in the offense
  • If anyone was injured or killed as a result of the offense
  • If there was a threat of harm against another individual during the offense
  • If you have a criminal history

In addition to these factors, the following information can be used to determine penalties for theft offenses:

  • You will face a first degree misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is less than $1,000. This is also called petty theft. For example, the value of the property could be as little as $.99 or as much as $999.
  • You will face a fifth degree felony if the value of the stolen property is between $1,000 and $7,500. This entails at least six and up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,5000 in fines.
  • You will face a fourth degree felony if the value of the stolen property between $7,500 and $149,999. This charge entails at least six and up to 18 months in prison, in addition to fines up to $5,000. This is also called grand theft.
  • You will face a third degree felony if the stolen property is between $150,000 and $749,999. This entails at least one and up to five years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines. This is also considered aggravated theft.
  • You will face a second degree felony if the value of the stolen property is between $750,000 and $1,500,000. This entails at least two and up to eight years in prison, in addition to up to $15,000 in fines. This is also considered aggravated theft.
  • You will face a first degree felony if the value of the stolen property is more than $1,500,000. This entails at least three and up to ten years in prison, in addition to up to $20,000 in fines. This is also considered aggravated theft.
  • You will face a fifth degree felony if the value of the stolen property is less than $1,000 and from an elderly individual or disabled adult. This offense is punishable by least six and up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.
  • You will face a fourth degree felony if value of the stolen property is between $1,000 and $7,500 and from an elderly individual or disabled adult. This offense is punishable by at least six and up to 18 months in prison, in addition to fines up to $5,000.
  • You will face a third degree felony if the value of the stolen property is more than $7,500 and less than $37,000 and from an elderly individual or disabled adult. This offense is punishable by at least one and up to five years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • You will face a second degree felony if the value of the stolen property is more than $37,000 and less than $150,00 and from an elderly individual or disabled adult. This offense is punishable by at least two and up to eight years in prison, in addition to up to $15,000 in fines.
  • You will face a first degree felony if the value of the stolen property is more than $150,000 and from an elderly person or disabled adult. This offense is punishable by at least three and up to ten years in prison, in addition to up to $20,000 in fines.
  • You will face a third degree felony if the stolen property is a firearm or dangerous weapon. This entails at least one and up to five years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines. This is considered grand theft.
  • You will face a first degree felony if the stolen property is a firearm or dangerous weapon and from a federally licensed firearms dealer. This entails at least three and up to ten years in prison, in addition to up to $20,000 in fines. This is considered grand theft.
  • You will face a fourth degree felony if the stolen property is a vehicle. This charge entails at least six and up to 18 months in prison, in addition to fines up to $5,000.
  • You will face a fourth degree felony if the stolen property is a harmful drug or substance. This charge entails at least six and up to 18 months in prison, in addition to fines up to $5,000.
  • You will face a third degree felony if the stolen property is a drug or harmful substance and you have a prior felony drug abuse offense. This entails at least one and up to five years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.

A theft offense conviction will undoubtedly impact all areas of your life. In addition to extensive jail or prison time and hefty fines as the result of a conviction, you may face difficulty keeping your job or finding a new one, embarrassment, a damaged reputation, the loss of family and friends, financial problems, difficulty continuing your education, and whether or not you are able to have custody of your children.

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