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To be charged with complicity, you must have done any of the following:
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 theft 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:
The Columbus theft 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 criminal defense lawyers with LHA have successfully represented clients charged with theft and complicity offenses. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
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 complicity attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.