Columbus Felony Theft Attorney
Felony Theft in Ohio is a serious criminal charge. If you are convicted of felony theft, you may have to spend a significant amount of time in prison and pay fines, depending on the severity of the offense. It is important to hire an experienced attorney who can explain your rights to you and discuss the facts of your particular case. Call Columbus Felony Theft Attorney Adam Burke for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122.
Felony Theft Definition
When a person knowingly and purposefully deprives the owner of property or services, without the consent of the owner, the person is considered to have committed a theft. Theft can be committed by deception, by threat and by intimidation; as well as by stepping beyond the bounds of an agreement, if any was made. 1
Felony Theft in Ohio Penalties
A theft becomes a felony theft when the crime committed is not just a petty misdemeanor or a misdemeanor. Generally, in a state of Ohio, if the property stolen amounts to more than $1000, it is considered to be a felony theft. Sometimes a felony theft may also occur even if the amount is less than $1000, depending on the circumstances.
An example of a 5th-degree felony theft would be stealing a credit card or a vehicle. The state may assign harsher punishments if the stolen property is dangerous, like a firearm, or a drug. It is a 4th-degree felony if you are caught stealing drugs. If the value of the property stolen exceeds $1.5 million, then it is considered to be a felony of the 1st degree. 2 3 4
Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, Ohio Felony Theft
A felony carries a mandatory prison sentence in Ohio. Depending on the property stolen and other details regarding the case, you may have to spend anywhere from 6 months to 10 years in prison. You may also have to pay a significant fine.
It is best if you hire a good lawyer to help you defend yourself and make every effort to try to reduce your sentence. Contact Attorney Adam Burke of Burke, Meis & Associates now at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation.