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Petty Theft

Petty Theft Lawyer in Columbus

Defending Adults & Juveniles Facing Theft Offenses

While it may seem like a minor crime, petty theft can create a considerable negative impact on your future. Being convicted of a petty theft crime in the state of Ohio can leave you facing jail time and a criminal record. If you are faced such allegations, you will need the help of a Columbus criminal defense attorney who can make sure that you receive a substantial legal defense.

Whether you are facing charges of shoplifting or another type of theft accusation, our team of lawyers can provide vigorous defense through all stages of the criminal process.

What is a Petty Theft Crime in Ohio?

Petty theft charges occur when a person unlawfully obtains another person's property or services (valued at less than $1,000) through one of the following means:

  • Force
  • Intimidation
  • Threats
  • Deception

Penalties for Ohio Petty Theft Convictions

In the state of Ohio, the severity of a theft charge depends on the value of the goods or services that were stolen:

  • In the case of property valued at less than $500, this misdemeanor offense is classified as petty theft - Penalties can include up to 6 months in jail and a fine.
  • If it is a repeat offense, or you have a prior criminal record, petty theft can be charged as a felony which will almost certainly lead to jail time and even heavier fines.

Conviction on any type of theft charge can have varying repercussions depending on the circumstances behind the offense. The most common form of punishment for first-time convictions include a deferred judgment, requiring restitution to the victim and counseling, as well as a maximum of six months jail time.

Arrested for Petty Theft? Call Now to Discuss Your Options.

It is always most favorable to avoid the implications that come with a criminal conviction and the permanent record that comes with it. Focused on criminal defense matters, we at The Meranda Law Firm LTD can go to immediate work on your case, seeking the best possible outcome, and working towards mitigating the possible repercussions that a petty theft conviction can bring.

Our attorneys are committed to providing affordable and high-quality client care, and we are deeply concerned about protecting your legal rights and ensuring your future is not tarnished by an unfair conviction.

Call our office today to arrange a free initial consultation with a Columbus criminal attorney.


Hear From Our Happy Clients

Reviews & Testimonials

At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
    - Jeff w
    “Great Representation”
    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
    “Great work!!”
    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
    - Pfeifer
    “Great Job”
    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
    - Rod
    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
    - Frances Benson
    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • What should I do if my child was arrested?
    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
  • Can I afford a criminal defense attorney?
    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
  • How do I appeal my conviction?
    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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