Aggravated Theft

Columbus and Delaware, Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

The consequences for stealing property in Ohio can be quite severe and involve thousands of dollars in fines and prison. If you have been charged with aggravated theft in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced Columbus and Delaware, Ohio criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your aggravated theft case.

Aggravated Theft in Ohio

Aggravated theft, pursuant to ORC 2913.02, is taking control of another person’s property or services valued at $150,000 or more:

  • Without the permission or consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
  • Beyond the scope of the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent; or
  • Be deception, threat or intimidation.

Aggravated theft is a 3rd degree felony if the property is valued at $150,000 – $750,000. This offense is punishable by 9 months – 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. This offenses’ penalties increase in severity based on the value of the property stolen. If the value of the property is $750,000 – $1,500,000, the offense is a 2nd degree felony, which carries a potential 2-8 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Finally, if the property is valued at more than $1,500,000 or more, the offense is a 1st degree felony, which carries a potential 3-11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. In addition to these penalties, the offender also faces potential civil penalties, driver’s license suspensions, and restitution, with other penalties being levied based on the type of offense, whether the victim was elderly, and the value of the property stolen.

Civil Penalties for Theft Under Ohio Law

Merchants, store owners and companies are permitted to recover damages under ORC 2307.61 from any person who commits a theft offense against them. In order to pursue civil penalties, the owner must send a civil demand letter to the alleged offender demanding payment for the value of the items stolen.

The owner is also permitted to demand payment for any losses sustained, including the cost of apprehending the alleged offender and any damage to the store. If the alleged offender does not tender payment to the store within 30 days, the owner is allowed to file a civil suit against the alleged offender and may recover the value of the property, court costs and legal fees.

While this option is available to merchants, store owners and companies, often they will only send a civil demand letter and make threats when the property taken is valued at less than $1000. However, with aggravated theft, the likelihood of a civil demand taken place by a merchant or store owner is increased. It is best to hire an attorney to assist you in putting forth the strongest defense possible.

Columbus and Delaware, Ohio Theft Attorney

The consequences for stealing property in Ohio can be quite severe and involve thousands of dollars in fines and prison. If you have been charged with a theft offense in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced Columbus and Delaware, Ohio theft attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your theft offense. For further information, consult Johnson Legal, LLC’s Theft Offenses Blog.