Theft in Ohio is defined in the Ohio Revised Code as follows:
(A) No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:
(1) Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
(2) Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
(3) By deception;
(4) By threat;
(5) By intimidation.
Theft, in simpler terms, is the taking of another property without permission. In Cincinnati, theft can be charged as wither a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction for a misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by up to 6 months in jail! And for a felony charge 5th degree, up to 6 -12 months in jail. The higher level felony theft charges include even a harsher jail sentence.
If you have been charged with either a misdemeanor or felony theft charge, you are facing a potential jail sentence. The Attorneys at The Wieczorek Law Firm include both a FORMER HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR & FORMER HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER. We will aggressively advocate for your defense starting with the collection of all evidence.
From there, we will perform an assessment of the evidence to determine where the weaknesses in the case lie. This allows us to exploit those weaknesses to a level that may warrant a reduction, diversion, or an acquittal at trial.
If you are eligible, we may be able to negotiate with the prosecutors to allow you to enter the diversion program which ultimately leads to a DISMISSAL.