One may be charged with theft if he or she knowingly takes control of someone else’s property or services with the purpose of depriving them:
- Without consent,
- By deception,
- By threat, or
- By intimidation.
The seriousness of the charges and penalties in a theft case is dependent on the value of the goods or services stolen
|Value of property stolen||Charge||Sentence|
|Up to $500||1st degree misdemeanor||Up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.|
|$500- $5,000||5th degree felony||6-12 months in prison and $2,500 in fines|
|$5,000- $100,000||4th degree felony, grand theft||6-18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines|
|$100,000- $500,000||3rd degree felony, aggravated theft||1-5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines|
|$500,000- $1 million||2nd degree felony, aggravated theft||2-8 years in prison and $15,000 in fines|
|More than $1 million||1st degree felony||3-10 years in prison and up to $20,000.|
If the victim of theft is elderly or disabled the charge will be elevated. If the property stolen is a firearm then the violation is grand theft. If the property stolen is a motor vehicle or a police dog or horse, the violation will be a felony in the third degree.
Source ORC 2913.02
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