What is considered a theft crime?

With changes in technology, there is an ever increasing amount of ways to commit a theft in Ohio. A theft is generally defined as depriving the owner of property or services by using the property or service beyond the scope of what was consented to, without consent, by deception, by threat, or by intimidation. If you have been charged with a theft crime, call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614.205.2208.

Depending on the facts involved, a theft can be a misdemeanor, but it can also be a felony. Theft crimes carry a particular stigma often prohibiting one from ever securing gainful employment.

Brief Description of Some Ohio Theft Crimes

  • Theft- depriving the owner of property or services
  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle- use or operation without consent
  • Unauthorized Use of Property- use or operation without consent
  • Possession or Sale of Unauthorized Cable Device- having or selling a device that allows for cable service without paying
  • Telecommunications Fraud- using telecommunications to further a scheme to defraud
  • Motion Picture Piracy- using a video camera to record a movie being shown
  • Passing Bad Checks- issuing or transferring a check knowing it will be dishonored
  • Misuse of Credit Cards- using deception to get a credit card, buying or selling a credit card to someone other than the named card holder, and use with the purpose to defraud
  • Forgery- creating copies of writings or identification cards without authority and with the purpose to defraud
  • Criminal Simulation- making or altering an object to create an appearance of value with purpose to defraud
  • Making or Using Slugs- using or making an item of similar size and shape to a coin in order to defraud a coin operated machine
  • Trademark Counterfeiting- sale, possession, or creation of goods or services knowing a counterfeit mark is used
  • Medical Fraud
  • Medicaid Eligibility Fraud- knowingly providing false or misleading statements in connection with application, concealing a property interest, or failing to disclose a transfer of property
  • Tampering with Records
  • Illegally Transmitting Multiple Commercial Electronic Mail Messages
  • Securing Writings by Deception- causing another to execute a writing disposing of property by deception
  • Personating an Officer- inducing another to purchase property or services by pretending to be an officer or other government agent
  • Defrauding Creditors
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Workers Compensation Fraud
  • Identity Fraud
  • Receiving Stolen Property

In almost every theft case, there is some type of victim. Whether it be a company or an individual, they want you to pay for what you are being accused of and the prosecutor is there to help them. You should have an experienced Columbus theft crimes attorney there to help you. Call The Maher Law Firm at 614-205-2208 or contact us for a free consultation.


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