Understanding Grand Theft Charges in Ohio

When dealing with a theft charge in Ohio, it’s crucial to grasp the potential consequences. Specifically, grand theft carries significant penalties, including the possibility of felony charges, substantial fines, and even prison time.

Grand theft is determined by the value of the stolen items. Sometimes, the person accused may not fully understand the worth of the item or property, placing them in a more challenging situation than if it were a minor theft case.

If you or someone you know faces grand theft charges, securing help from a seasoned  Youngstown criminal lawyer is essential.

Navigating the Ohio justice system can be intimidating. Innocence doesn’t guarantee an easy process due to the complexities of legal procedures, which can complicate your defense. It’s vital to have experienced legal counsel if faced with grand theft charges.

The Youngstown Criminal Law Group consists of dedicated Youngstown criminal lawyers committed to safeguarding your rights. With over two decades of practice in Ohio, our passion and innovative strategies aim to build a robust defense on your behalf. Our team is strategic in planning your defense and assertive in court. In these turbulent legal times, find a Youngstown OVI lawyer who can guide you through. Reach out to us at (330) 992-3036 today.

According to the Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02, theft involves knowingly obtaining or controlling someone else’s property or services without their consent or through deception, threat, or intimidation. The prosecution must prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt for a theft conviction.

Distinguishing Theft from Grand Theft in Ohio

The classification of a theft charge in Ohio depends on the stolen property’s value. Grand theft involves items of higher value compared to regular theft charges.

  • Theft, or petit theft, involves unlawfully taking property or services valued between $1,000 and $7,000. This is considered a fifth-degree felony in Ohio, potentially leading to a $2,500 fine and up to 12 months in prison.
  •  Grand Theft concerns the unlawful acquisition of property or services valued between $7,000 and $150,000, or specific items like firearms, dangerous ordnance, or motor vehicles. The penalties vary based on the stolen items’ nature:
  •  For items, property, or services worth $7,000 to $150,000, the charge is a fourth-degree felony, carrying a fine up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
  •  Theft of firearms or dangerous ordnance is a third-degree felony, with penalties including a fine up to $10,000 and up to 5 years in prison.
  •  If the item is stolen from a federally licensed firearms dealer, it escalates to a first-degree felony, the most severe level, entailing a fine up to $20,000 and an 11-year prison term.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information on Ohio’s theft laws, including distinctions between aggravated theft and grand theft, as well as possible defenses, refer to Ohio Theft Statute § 2913.02 on Ohio’s official legal website.

The legal landscape in Ohio, particularly when faced with grand theft charges, can seem daunting. Ensuring you’re well-informed and prepared with a robust defense strategy is crucial. The key step? Securing top-notch legal representation. Discover the skilled advocacy you need by reaching out to a Youngstown OVI attorney at Youngstown Criminal Law Group today.

Why Choose Youngstown Criminal Law Group?

  • Expertise in Theft Charges: Our legal team of Youngstown criminal lawyers  possesses deep knowledge in handling cases of theft, aggravated theft, and grand theft across Ohio. We’re committed to defending our clients vigorously.
  •  Client-Centric Approach: At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, every client matters deeply to us. We prioritize your civil rights and approach each case with attentiveness and a fresh perspective. Our dedication to personalized care sets us apart.
  •  Esteemed Credentials: Our Youngstown criminal attorneys are proud members of prestigious law associations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the American Association of Justice. These affiliations reflect our commitment to excellence in criminal defense.

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