Navigating Charges Of Theft
In today’s troubling economic climate, many people are driven to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Oftentimes, the one type of crime people turn towards is theft crimes when they need money to buy groceries or other necessities of living. However, since it’s illegal to steal so much as a pack of gum, even a minor theft crime such as stealing food from a grocery store can put you behind bars for up to six months, and it can result in up to $1,000 in fines which many simply can’t afford to pay. Due to the fact that the system punishes theft crimes so harshly, it’s important that you get an attorney from our firm by your side working aggressively to reduce your penalties as much as possible. We understand that good people make mistakes, and the last thing you need is a criminal conviction making it even harder for you to care for yourself and your family, and even harder to find a job now or in the future.
Theft crimes can range from shoplifting (which is a misdemeanor) to aggravated theft of property or assets of $1 million or more (which is a first-degree felony). Regardless of the charges you may be facing pertaining to theft, you will need a criminal defense attorney who focuses his or her practice on these types of crimes. If you are facing theft charges, we advise you to contact our firm to speak to our legal team as soon as possible. The sooner one of our attorneys is involved in the handling of your case, the more effective we can be and the better the results may be for the outcome of your case.
What Is Considered Theft?
Theft charges will follow if you take control of another’s property or services with the purpose of trying to deprive them without their permission through the use of force, deception, threat or intimidation. The seriousness of the charges and the penalties they carry will depend on the facts of the case, including the value of the goods, property or services that were stolen. The charges will be elevated even further under specific circumstances, such as theft involving the elderly, disabled persons, theft of a firearm, or theft involving drugs.
Understanding The Potential Consequences
If the value of the stolen property is under $500, you face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in prison and $1,000 in fines. Grand theft consists of stealing property valued at $5,000 to $100,000 and is a felony punishable by 6 to 18 months in prison and fines up to $5,000. Aggravated theft consists of stealing property valued between $100,000 and $1,000,000, carrying penalties of prison time between 2 and 8 years with fines between $10,000 and $15,000.
In order to protect yourself in court and minimize the adverse consequences, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and skills to aggressively defend you. Even if you made a mistake, you deserve a second chance.
Our Delaware Firm Can Help
Do not fight Ohio theft charges alone, contact The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC. Email us or call 740-513-4830 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We can help you understand your options and craft a legal strategy that is right for you. Se habla español.