Whether your grand theft arrest results in a dismissed charge or conviction, having the reference on your record could have more repercussions than you may realize. An accusation of theft is an insult to your integrity, and employees, schools, and financial institutions may see you as an undesired risk whether or not the conviction occurs. It is important to secure the best defense possible in order to protect your future and your reputation. A qualified Montgomery County criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights and build a solid defense in order to fight for a more favorable outcome.
Dayton Grand Theft Attorney
The legal team at Joslyn Law Firm are passionate about helping people in grand theft cases like yours in Dayton, Kettering, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Springfield, Beavercreek, Fairborn, and the surrounding areas. The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm will fight for a dismissal or reduction in charges until the verdict or an agreeable settlement occurs. If you’ve been charged with grand theft in the Dayton area, call Joslyn Law Firm at (937) 356-3969 to set up your free consultation today.
Ohio Definition of Theft
The definition of theft in Ohio law is outlined in ORC § 2913.02, which states that no person shall knowingly obtain or exert control over the property or services of another owner with the purpose to deprive him or her of the property or services in any of the following scenarios:
- By threat, intimidation, or deception
- Beyond the scope of the implied or express consent of the owner
- Without permission of the owner
If a person is found to have retained another’s property in any of these circumstances, he or she may be charged with theft. The category and severity of the charge depends largely on the value of the property, the age and condition of the owner, and the behavior of the alleged offender.
Types of Theft in Dayton
Most of the theft committed in Ohio is considered petty theft or minor theft and either results in a misdemeanor or fifth-degree felony charge. Grand theft and aggravated theft, however, involve value amounts of $7,500 or more and the charges start at a fourth-degree felony. Specifically, grand theft is for stolen property or services valuing $7,500 to $150,000. The different types of grand theft felonies are:
- Simple grand theft
- Grand theft auto
- Grand theft of dangerous drug, first offense
- Grand theft from elderly adult
- Grand theft from disabled adult
- Grand theft of firearm
- Grand theft of dangerous drug, subsequent offense
- Grand theft of firearm from federally-licensed dealer
The punishments for grand theft start at six months to three years of prison including possible mandatory minimums with a fine up to $5,000. To protect your rights and your future from such punitive consequences, contact and experienced Dayton grand theft defense attorney today. He will be able to use several different defenses to attempt a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you.
Joslyn Law Firm | Montgomery County Grand Theft Defense Lawyer
The experienced legal team at Joslyn Law Firm will fight for your rights and take a close look at your case, advising you of the strongest defense strategies available along the way. If you’ve been charged with a grand theft offense in Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County, Greene County, or the surrounding areas call (937) 356-3969 today to set up your free consultation with an experienced grand theft defense attorney from Joslyn Law Firm. Our team provides customized service whether your case requires pretrial negotiation, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, or a trial by jury. Call (937) 356-3969 to begin your progressive defense today.