In the state of Ohio, theft crimes are serious offenses that can have significant repercussions on one's life. From misdemeanor petty theft to felony aggravated theft, the accusations alone can create a whirlwind of stress and uncertainty for the defendant. Having a theft-related criminal record can limit access to housing options, educational opportunities, and certain professional licenses, further hindering one's ability to rebuild their life after the ordeal.
In times like these, it is essential to have a compassionate and skilled legal team by your side to protect your rights and ensure a fair defense. At Fortress Law Group, we understand the magnitude of theft crime accusations and their potential life-altering consequences. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to advocating for your best interests, providing personalized guidance throughout the legal process. We are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of Ohio's legal system and strive to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, giving you the support and expertise you need to reclaim your life. Remember, you are not alone - we are here to help you through this challenging time.
In Ohio, theft is classified into two main categories: misdemeanor theft and felony theft. The state of Ohio defines theft as knowingly obtaining or exerting control over either the property or services – without the consent of the owner, beyond the scope of the authorized owner, by deception, by threat, or by intimidation. Each category encompasses different degrees of severity and is characterized by specific elements that define the crime, primarily the dollar amount stolen.
In Ohio, theft crimes are classified into different degrees based on the value of the stolen property or services and other aggravating factors. Each degree corresponds to specific penalties, including jail time and fines. Here is an overview of the penalties for various theft offenses in Ohio:
It's important to note that the penalties mentioned above are general guidelines, and actual sentences may vary based on the specific circumstances of the case and the defendant's criminal history. Additionally, repeat offenders or those involved in violent or organized theft crimes may face enhanced penalties.
When facing theft charges in Ohio, it is crucial to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal team can provide personalized guidance, build a strong defense, and work towards minimizing the potential consequences you may face.
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When accused of theft in Ohio, it is essential to explore effective defense strategies to protect your rights and potentially mitigate the charges or penalties. Here are some common defense strategies Fortress Law Group attorneys have applied in theft cases:
Every theft case is unique, and the best defense strategy will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. At Fortress Law Group, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in handling theft cases in Ohio. We will assess the details of your situation, tailor a robust defense, and fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Hiring Fortress Law Group for your theft case ensures that you have a dedicated and experienced team on your side, ready to fight for your rights and protect your future. Our attorneys are well-versed in handling theft cases, and we bring our expertise to every step of the legal process. With a proven track record of defending individuals accused of theft, we are committed to providing you with the best possible defense and personalized support throughout your case. Being accused of theft can have significant and long-lasting consequences that may impact your personal life, reputation, and professional opportunities. Our experienced attorneys understand the gravity of these charges and the uncertainty you may be facing. Don’t leave your future on the line, contact Fortress Law Group today.
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A conviction of theft, burglary, fraud or another related crime in Ohio may involve heavy penalties. It calls for assertive legal defense by a skilled theft & fraud attorney.
The offense’s classification and potential penalties will depend on how much the stolen property is worth. For instance:
Petty theft: When the property is worth under $1,000, the charge is petty theft, a misdemeanor that may lead to a fine of $1,000 and 180 days of incarceration.
Felony theft: If the property is worth between $1,000 and $7,500, convicted individuals may face a felony theft charge, with potential fines of up to $2,500 and 6-12 months in prison.
Grand theft: Stealing property worth between $7,500 and $150,000 is grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. Convicted persons may pay up to $5,000 in fines and spend up to 18 months behind bars.
If you believe you face wrongful theft charges, your attorney may source relevant evidence to defend you against the accusation. In other cases, a plea deal might allow you to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor and possibly even qualify for a diversion program for first-time offenders, which may help with record expungement.
Matthew C. Bangerter, an Ohio theft & fraud attorney at Fortress Law Group, can help you decide which approach to use in your legal defense and what outcome you might expect with either option.
If you answer specific legal criteria, an experienced Ohio theft lawyer like Matthew C. Bangerter can help you get a theft or fraud conviction expunged, and your record sealed, even if you faced felony theft charges. This legal procedure, known as sealing of record, removes your conviction history from all public records. Expungement can help you start afresh and prevent past mistakes from harming your reputation, employment prospects, or housing options.
Working with an experienced theft and fraud lawyer is the first step toward protecting your legal rights and minimizing penalties. Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter of Fortress Law Group, a former prosecutor with deep knowledge of DNA and forensics, knows how to choose the optimal strategies for powerful legal defense. Call his office at (440) 340-1740 in Cleveland Metro for a case review.
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