A criminal charge of theft might seem to some a minor thing. Regardless of if you are facing a petty theft charge or a felony charge, the repercussions are real and can negatively affect you and your loved ones.

The difference between petty and felony theft comes down to the value of what was allegedly stolen. Petty theft is classified as stolen items valued under $1,000, and the penalty includes up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

Felony theft is broken out into 5 categories with varying penalties.

Typical Ohio Felony SentencingValue of Stolen ItemsJail TimeFines
First DegreeMore than $1,500,000Up to 11 YearsUp to $20,000
Second Degree$750,000-$1,500,000Up to 8 YearsUp to $15,000
Third Degree$150,000-$750,000Up to 5 YearsUp to $10,000
Fourth Degree (Grand)$7,500-$150,000Up to 18 MonthsUp to $5,000
Fourth Degree (Grand)$1,000 - $7,500Up to 12 MonthsUp to $2,500

Since most employers perform background checks before hiring employees, having a criminal record, even for a theft arrest, can make it difficult to find a job, continue your education or get a loan.

A criminal defense attorney

A criminal defense attorney is your best line of defense to protect your rights at each stage of your case, from the initial contact with the investigating authority to post conviction work. Hiring the right criminal defense attorney is what matters most.

Put the power of a former prosecutor on your side! Attorney Darren Meade has 25 years’ experience practicing Criminal Law. Protect your freedom from unnecessary jail time or fines. He can help you navigate the court system so that you can focus on your freedom.

“Don’t let fear and anxiety control decisions that can affect your future.”
– Darren L. Meade
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Attorney Darren L. Meade

With over 25 years of experience and hundreds of trials in criminal litigation, Darren will be able to fight for your freedom. Don’t let fear and anxiety prevent you from making smart decisions about your future. The Meade Law Group can provide defenses for: