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