Constitutes Theft In Ohio
22 Jun
Author: Colin Maher
Date: 2015-06-22
Categories: Traffic

What Constitutes Theft In Ohio?

According to Ohio theft laws, theft occurs when one person deprives another of property:

  • Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
  • Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
  • By deception;
  • By threat; or
  • By intimidation.

Theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony crime. The charge is determined by the value of the stolen property or services.

Violation

Monetary Value

Charge

Petty Theft

Less than $1000

First degree misdemeanor

Theft

At least $1,000 but less than $7,000

Fifth degree felony theft Ohio

Grand Theft

At least $7,000, but less than $150,000

Fourth degree felony theft Ohio

Aggravated Theft

At least $150,000 but less than $750,000

Third degree felony theft Ohio

Aggravated Theft

At least $750,000 but less than $1,500,000

Second degree felony theft Ohio

Aggravated Theft

At least $1,500,000

First degree felony theft Ohio

If the theft is from an elderly or disabled adult, the theft offenses are charged more severely in Ohio.

Theft from an elderly or disabled adult

Monetary Value

Charge

Less than $1000

Fifth degree felony theft Ohio

At least $1,000 but less than $7,000

Fourth degree felony theft Ohio

At least $7,000, but less than $37,500

Third degree felony theft Ohio

At least $37,500 but less than $150,000

Second degree felony theft Ohio

At least $150,000

First degree felony theft Ohio

 

Ohio theft law has special provisions for theft of certain types of property.  If it is a motor vehicle that is stolen, the violation is grand theft, a fourth degree felony theft Ohio. Theft of a dangerous drug constitutes a fourth degree felony, unless there is a previous felony drug conviction, in which case it becomes a third degree felony.  If a police dog or horse, or an assistance animal, is stolen and the offender knows or should know that the property is such, then the violation is a third degree felony. Theft of anhydrous ammonia is a third degree felony.  If the property stolen is gasoline from a retail gas station, the thief may have his or her driver’s license suspended as a result of the theft.

In general, the maximum punishment for these crimes is as follows:

  • First degree misdemeanor:  180 days in jail; $1,000 fine or both.
  • Fifth degree felony: Six to 12 months prison; $2,500 fine.
  • Fourth degree felony: Six to 18 months prison; $5,000 fine.
  • Third degree felony: One to five years prison; $10,000 fine.
  • Second degree felony: Two to eight years prison; $15,000 fine.
  • First degree felony: Three to 11 years prison; $20,000 fine.

Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus, Ohio?

If you are facing criminal charges for theft, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the law and can help you navigate these serious charges. Get the representation of a skilled and trusted attorney who can give you the help you need. The Maher Law Firm can help make sure that your rights are protected. Founding attorney, Colin Maher has in-depth knowledge and experience working with theft cases and he will put his skills to work for you. Call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614-205-2208 or contact us online.

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