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Breaking into a vehicle - different theft charges

In the Ohio Revised Code, there are many different theft crimes for which a person can face criminal charges. Some of them are misdemeanors that could result in nothing but a fine, while others are serious felonies that could land you in state-or even federal-prison.

Theft Defined Under Ohio Law

Under Ohio state law, theft is known as the unauthorized taking of property. This is done when the offender acts to intentionally deprives the property owner. According to Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2913.02, it is prohibited to exert control or knowingly obtain other people’s services or property under the following circumstances:

  • Without the expressed or implied consent of the owner or someone who is authorized to give consent
  • By threat
  • By deception
  • By intimidation

Types of theft crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Petty theft (shoplifting)
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Auto theft
  • Credit card fraud
  • Check fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Forgery
  • Film / music piracy
  • Identity theft

Bleile & Dawson knows the laws regarding these crimes inside and out. Each Cincinnati theft attorney with our firm can build a solid argument in your defense and provide relentless representation in the courtroom. We are dedicated to protecting the freedom of our clients, so do not hesitate to learn how we can fight for you.

Facing charges for a theft crime? Call now at (513) 399-5945 for a free consultation! ​​​​​

Penalty for Theft in Ohio

In Ohio, theft crimes are penalized based on the value of the total property that was stolen. The penalties are as follows:

Less than $1,000

  • First degree misdemeanor
  • Jail sentence of up to 180 days
  • Fine of up to $1,000

$1,000 < $7,500

  • Fifth degree felony
  • Jail sentence of 6 - 12 months
  • Fine of up to $2,500

$7,500 < $150,000 (Grand Theft)

  • Fourth degree felony
  • Jail sentence of 6 - 18 months
  • Fine of up to $5,000

$150,000 < $750,000 (Grand Theft)

  • Third degree felony
  • Jail sentence of 1 - 5 years
  • Fine of up to $10,000

$750,000 < $1,500,000 (Aggravated Theft)

  • Second degree felony
  • Jail sentence of 2 - 8 years
  • Fine of up to $15,000

$1,500,000+ (Aggravated Theft)

  • First degree felony
  • Jail sentence of 3 - 10 years
  • Fine of up to $20,000

Providing Tireless Defense for Theft Charges

Act now if you are facing charges of a theft crime. Bleile & Dawson can provide the tireless defense that you need, as well as support during this difficult time.


If you are facing theft charges in Ohio, contact us today to set up your consultation with a defense attorney who can fight for your freedom!


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