Columbus Shoplifting Attorney
Vigorous Defense for Those Accused of Shoplifting
While shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor and may seem to be a minor crime, it can yet have severe consequences for anyone convicted of that crime. Having a theft crime conviction on your record can result in a serious impact on your future.
Definition of Shoplifting Offenses in Ohio
Shoplifting, also known as retail theft, can range greatly in its possible consequences. A conviction on any charge brings with it the immense burden of a permanent criminal record.
Theft charges can be levied against anyone who takes property without permission from another with the purpose of permanently depriving them:
- By force
- Threat or
Penalties for Shoplifting in Ohio
The seriousness of a shoplifting charge will depend in great part on the value of stolen goods or services.
- For property valued up to $500, first degree misdemeanor charges can be punishable with up to 6 months of jail time and $1000 in fines.
- As value increases, charges become felonies that can bring upwards of 10 years imprisonment or fines up to $20,000.
Need a theft defense lawyer for a shoplifting charge?
We at The Meranda Law Firm LTD fully understand that someone accused of shoplifting does not mean they are guilty. There can be many factors that would cause a store owner or another to believe that shoplifting had occurred when perhaps it was a simple misunderstanding. Let our legal team develop a defense on your behalf that will help to have the charges dropped, if at all possible.
Our team can review all of the available evidence, police reports, witness statements, and help you build a solid defense. We work diligently for our clients in pursuit of optimum results to a shoplifting charge, while keeping in mind the potential effects of a criminal charge to your future.
Contact a Columbus criminal lawyer as soon as possible for outstanding legal counsel.
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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.
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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.