While shoplifting may seem like a minor offense, it can actually lead to significant fines, jail times, and a notation on your criminal record. Therefore, it’s vital to contact a shoplifting lawyer as soon as you are convicted. A Columbus shoplifting attorney from Luftman, Heck, & Associates can investigate the facts and evidence in your case to help you build the strongest defense possible.
Most people consider shoplifting as taking goods from a store or retailer without paying for them. However, shoplifting also involves swapping containers, changing price tags, or taking something more expensive and putting it in the box of something that is cheaper in attempt to pay a less expensive price.
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Ohio Shoplifting Laws
Under Ohio Code 2913.02, shoplifting is punished as theft. The type of penalties shoplifters in Ohio face depend on the value of the stolen property.
Here’s a brief overview of Ohio shoplifting penalties:
- Theft of Items Valued at Under $1,000: This first degree misdemeanor can result in to up to 180 days of jail time and/or fines of up to $1,000.
- Theft of Property Valued Above $1,000 or More and Less Than $7,500: With this fifth degree felony charge, a penalty of 6 to 12 months of jail time and/or fines of up to $2,500 can be expected.
- Theft of Property Valued at $7,500 or More and Less Than $150,000: 6 to 18 months of jail time and/or fines up to $5,000 are given when someone is charged with this fourth degree felony.
- Theft of Property Valued at $150,000 or More and Less Than $750,000: Between one and five years of jail time and/or fines up to $10,000 can be expected with this charge, which is considered a third degree felony.
- Theft of Property Valued at $750,000 or More and Less Than $1,500,000: Penalties for this second degree felony include between two and eight years of jail time and/or fines up to $15,000.
- Theft of Property Valued at $1,500,000 or More: Between 3 and 10 years of jail time and/or fines of up to $20,000 can be expected with this charge, which is a first degree felony.
In addition, shoplifters in Ohio may face other consequences that can drastically affect their future and current quality of life. Some of these consequences include difficulty maintaining or securing employment, challenges with obtaining a passport, visa, or green card, and the inability to pass a background check.
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If you are facing a shoplifting charge in Ohio, an experienced Ohio shoplifting attorney can reduce the impact of your crime. At Luftman, Heck, & Associates, we will handle your case without judgment and ensure your rights are protected.
How An Experienced Ohio Shoplifting Attorney Can Help You
If you’ve been convicted of a shoplifting charge in Ohio, an experienced Ohio shoplifting attorney can reduce the impact of your crime. At Luftman, Heck, & Associates, we will handle your case without judgment and ensure your rights are protected.
One of our Ohio shoplifting attorneys may:
- Argue whether the acts that you participated in can be misinterpreted as shoplifting
- Determine whether the evidence accusing you of shoplifting is reliable
- Negotiate a deal with prosecutors to minimize the overall charges you’re facing
- Dismiss charges for a first degree misdemeanor
By making the smart decision to work with us, you can move past this bump on the road and get on with your life. For a free consultation, call the Columbus theft and fraud lawyers from Luftman, Heck, & Associates at (614) 500-3836.
The Columbus shoplifting attorneys have over a decade of experience successfully defending shoplifting and other theft charges, ranging from the most minor to the most serious. Our dedicated staff is ready to start fighting on your behalf today so that your charges have the best possible outcome in the future. Call today at (614) 500-3836 to schedule your free consultation and don’t risk the lifelong consequences of a shoplifting conviction.
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For over a decade, the Columbus criminal defense attorneys at LHA have successfully represented clients on criminal offenses ranging from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.