Theft Crimes

There are two different forms of crimes in Ohio relating to another party’s property. Theft offenses involve the unlawful taking of property, while property crimes involve trespassing or damaging another party’s property.

A person who is charged with either of these types of offenses faces serious consequences if convicted. Depending on the specific circumstances of the alleged crimes, these offenses may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies and can result in incarceration and fines.

Attorneys for Theft Crimes in Cincinnati, Ohio

If you have been charged with a theft offense or a property crime, contact a proven and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Joslyn Law Firm defends clients in the greater Cincinnati area who have been accused of different types of theft or property offenses.

Our firm understands the severity of these types of charges, and we work to secure the most favorable possible outcome to your case. You can receive a free review of your case during a confidential consultation when you call (513) 399-6289 today.


Overview of Cincinnati, Ohio Theft /Property Crimes


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Degrees of Ohio Theft Crimes

There are several classes of theft offenses listed in Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02, including:

  • Petty Theft — If the value of the property or services stolen is less than $1,000, this is a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Theft — If the value of the property or services stolen is $1,000 or more but less than $7,500, this offense is a fifth-degree felony.
  • Grand Theft — If the value of the property or services stolen is $7,500 or more but less than $150,000, this offense is a fourth-degree felony.
  • Aggravated Theft – If the value of the property or services stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $750,000, this offense is a third-degree felony. If the value of the property or services stolen is $750,000 or more but less than $1,500,000, this offense is a second-degree felony. If the value of the property or services stolen is $1,500,000, this offense is a first-degree felony.

Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02 also lists enhanced penalties if the victim of the offense was an elderly person, disabled adult, active duty service member, or spouse of an active duty service member. The felony classification depends on the value of the property stolen:

  • Fifth-Degree Felony — If value of the property or services stolen is less than $1,000.
  • Fourth-Degree Felony — If value of the property or services stolen is $1,000 or more but less than $7,500.
  • Third-Degree Felony — If value of the property or services stolen is $7,500 or more but less than $37,500.
  • Second-Degree Felony — If value of the property or services stolen is $37,500 or more but less than $150,000.
  • First-Degree Felony — If value of the property or services stolen is $150,000 or more.

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Specific Theft Crimes in Cincinnati

There are also different charges under Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02 for specific types of property: 

  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(4) — If the property stolen is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, this offense is classified as grand theft and is a third-degree felony. If the firearm or dangerous ordnance was stolen from a federally licensed firearms dealer, this offense is a first-degree felony.
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(5) — If the property stolen is a motor vehicle, this offense is classified as grand theft of a motor vehicle and is a fourth-degree felony.
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(6) — If the property stolen is any dangerous drug, this offense is classified as theft of drugs and is a fourth-degree felony. If the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a felony drug abuse offense, this is a third-degree felony.
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(7) — If the property stolen is a police dog or horse or an assistance dog and the offender knows or should know that the property stolen is a police dog or horse or an assistance dog, this offense is classified as theft of a police dog or horse or an assistance dog and is a third-degree felony.
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(8) — If the property stolen is anhydrous ammonia, this offense is classified as theft of anhydrous ammonia and is a third-degree felony.
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2913.02(B)(10) — If the property stolen is gasoline from an establishment at which gasoline is offered for retail sale, the alleged offender’s driver’s license may be suspended for up to six months. If the alleged offender’s driver’s license has been previously suspended for this violation, then his or her license will be suspended for at least six months and up to one year.

 


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Other Ohio Theft Crimes

Some of the other types of theft offenses listed elsewhere in the Ohio Revised Code include: 

  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Ohio Revised Code § 2913.03 — This chapter of Ohio law deals with alleged criminal acts such as car theft, joyriding, or failing to return a rental car.
    • First-Degree Misdemeanor — If a person knowingly uses or operates an aircraft, motor vehicle, motorcycle, motorboat, or other motor-propelled vehicle without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent.
    • Fifth-Degree Felony — If a person knowingly uses or operates an aircraft, motor vehicle, motorcycle, motorboat, or other motor-propelled vehicle without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent, and either removes it from the state or keeps possession of it for more than 48 hours. Or if the victim of the offense is an elderly person or disabled adult and the victim incurs a loss of less than $1,000 as a result of the violation.
    • Fourth-Degree Felony — If the victim of the offense is an elderly person or disabled adult and the victim incurs a loss of $1,000 or more but less than $7,500 as a result of the violation.
    • Third-Degree Felony — If the victim of the offense is an elderly person or disabled adult and the victim incurs a loss of $7,500 or more but less than $37,500 as a result of the violation.
    • Second-Degree Felony — If the victim of the offense is an elderly person or disabled adult and the victim incurs a loss of $37,500 or more as a result of the violation. 
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Ohio Revised Code § 2913.51 — This chapter of Ohio law addresses people who have allegedly received, retained, or disposed of another party’s property knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the property was stolen.
    • First-Degree Misdemeanor — If the value of the property involved is less than $1,000.
    • Fifth-Degree Felony — If the value of the property involved is $1,000 or more but less than $7,500 or the property is a type listed in Ohio Revised Code § 2913.71, regardless of value.
    • Fourth-Degree Felony — If the value of the property involved is $7,500 or more but less than $150,000, or if the property involved is a motor vehicle as defined in Ohio Revised Code § 4501.01, a dangerous drug as defined in Ohio Revised Code § 4729.01,or a firearm or dangerous ordnance as defined in Ohio Revised Code § 2923.11.
    • Third-Degree Felony — If the value of the property involved is $150,000 or more.

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Find the Best Theft Crimes Lawyer in Cincinnati

Joslyn Law Firm understands the profound implications that a criminal conviction can have on a person’s life, and we will fight to obtain the most favorable resolution to your case. Brian Joslyn can investigate your case to determine if defenses like duress, justification, necessity, renunciation, or simple lack of criminal intent can absolve you of wrongdoing.

Our firm offers a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case and help you understand your legal options. Call (513) 399-6289 right now to see how we can help.

This article was last updated on Friday, November 20, 2015.

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