Ohio Felony Theft Laws

By Roger Thorne
Theft can be a serious crime in Ohio
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Thievery has been a crime for as long as mankind can remember. In Ohio, felony theft is a serious offense and can be charged any time the value of property stolen exceeds a certain amount or when specific kinds of property are stolen. Felony theft charges bring with them serious consequences, including jail time and fines.


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Ohio criminalizes theft at varying degrees. People commit a theft in Ohio whenever they deprive the owner of property or services intentionally. Obtaining or exerting control over property or services without the consent of the owner, in a way beyond the scope of granted consent, or by deception, threat or intimidation constitutes theft in Ohio. (Ohio Revised Statutes § 2913.02)


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Generally, Ohio law differentiates theft on three levels: as a petty misdemeanor, a misdemeanor and as a felony. Felony theft is generally for any property in value of more than $500. However, felony theft can also be charged when the value of the property is less than $500. If the property stolen is a credit card, motor vehicle, printed form of a check or a blank form of a manufacturer's motor vehicle certificate, the crime is charged as a fifth degree felony. (Ohio Revised Statutes § 2913.71)


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The punishments for felony theft depend largely on the crime charged. For example, a defendant is charged with a fifth degree felony faces fines of up to $2,500 and between six and 12 months in jail. A person charged with a first degree felony theft charge faces more significant charges. Anyone stealing more than one million dollars in property can be sentenced to up to $20,000 in fines and between three and 10 years in jail. (Ohio Revised Code § 2929.18 and § 2929.13)