To be charged with complicity for theft in Ohio, you must have done any of the following:
- Asked someone or recruited them to commit an offense
- Aided, encouraged or otherwise assisted someone in committing an offense
- Conspired with someone to commit an offense
- Caused an “innocent or irresponsible person” to commit an offense
Note that there must at least be an attempt to commit the offense in order to be charged.
Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with complicity. In our experience, the Columbus complicity attorneys with LHA usually see complicity charges related to theft. Complicity penalties will be the same as the penalties received by the person charged with the primary offense. For example, if the person you were with is charged with first degree misdemeanor theft, your complicity charge will be punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
If you are convicted of complicity, additional potential issues include:
- Maintaining your current employment
- Licensure issues in some professions
- Difficulty getting a good job in the future
- Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings
Simply put, if you are convicted of complicity, you run the risk of being deemed untrustworthy for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your complicity charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus complicity attorneys with Luftman, Heck and Associates take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with complicity. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus complicity attorneys with LHA have successfully represented clients charged with theft and complicity offenses. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
Charged with complicity for theft in Ohio? Contact a Columbus theft defense lawyer today.
If you’ve been charged with complicity, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced Columbus theft attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at (614) 500-3836 or via email at [email protected].