Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer in Toledo
Your Defense is Our Mission
The sudden and harsh reality of being charged with a theft crime in Toledo can feel overwhelming. Every case is unique, and so is every defense. Our team crafts each defense meticulously, tailoring it specifically to your situation.
In Ohio, the criminal justice system is designed to favor convictions, often stacking the odds against you. But remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to level the playing field.
Our primary commitment is to your defense, and our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for you. With Patituce & Associates, our job isn’t just to defend your rights and your freedoms, it is our mission.
Our team comprises seasoned Toledo criminal defense lawyers with substantial criminal defense experience. Every member of our team has either worked as a former prosecutor or brings significant experience in the criminal defense field to the table.
We possess an impressive portfolio, including thousands of won defense cases, 200+ trials handled, and a cumulative experience spanning 30+ years. All these make us a solid and reliable choice when you’re facing theft charges.
We are driven by a singular goal – your defense. We are compassionate, and we understand how this case is affecting your time, money, and your reputation.
Contact a Toledo criminal defense attorney today by calling (419) 597-5849 and explore how we can help you today.
What is Considered a Theft Crime in Ohio?
Theft crime encompasses instances where one individual takes another person’s property without consent. Ohio criminalizes not just theft, but also the deceptive acts facilitating it.
How your specific charges affect you largely depends on the value of the alleged stolen goods. According to Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.02, theft is legally defined as occurring when a person, with the purpose to deprive the owner of property or services:
Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over either:
- Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner, or
- By deception, threat, or intimidation
- Obtains the property of another by committing any offense with the purpose of committing theft, or knowingly obtains or exerts control, beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner, over the property of another, with the purpose of holding such property or to facilitate a theft offense.
The severity of the crime and its penalties are generally based on the value of the property stolen, but theft crimes can range from minor misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. Each level of theft has its own specific definition and penalties under Ohio law.
Our representation extends to various types of theft crimes. Rather than having a single theft statute, Ohio incorporates numerous laws addressing theft in its various forms. These laws are complex and often tiered in severity depending on the circumstances of the alleged incident. Our team is proficient in handling cases involving statutes like:
– O.R.C. 2913.02: Theft
– O.R.C. 2913.03: Unauthorized use of a vehicle
– O.R.C. 2913.51: Receiving stolen property
– O.R.C. 2913.04: Unauthorized use of property – computer, cable, or telecommunication property
– O.R.C. 2913.61: Finding of the value of the stolen property as part of the verdict
– O.R.C. 2913.21: Misuse of credit cards
– O.R.C. 2913.11: Passing bad checks
– O.R.C. 2913.48: Workers’ compensation fraud
– O.R.C. 2913.05: Telecommunications fraud
– O.R.C. 2913.47: Insurance fraud
– O.R.C. 2913.40: Medicaid fraud
– O.R.C. 2913.71: Felony of fifth-degree regardless of the value of the property
The penalties in a theft crime case are determined based on several factors, with the value of the stolen goods being the key component. It’s important to remember statutes like O.R.C. 2913.61, which allows the court to add up the value of several stolen goods, and O.R.C. 2913.71, classifying certain materials as especially sensitive, automatically charging the accused with a fifth-degree felony if they’re stolen.
Even if you’re facing severe charges, our approach to every case is rooted in the belief that no case is hopeless. Discussing your case with us can help shed light on your legal options and improve your situation. We provide free consultations and are accessible 24/7 for our clients. You don’t work for the government; you work for you.
The testimonials of our satisfied clients, like A.M. who says, “Most of the time he called me back within an hour. I walked out the door free, rather than going to prison,” is a testament to our commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes.
When facing prison, jail, and the loss of your reputation, you need a professional who can make a difference. Contact Patituce & Associates today to schedule a free consultation and see how we can make a difference in your case.
What are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Toledo, OH?
Several different factors go into determining the penalties in a theft crime case, but the key component is the value of the stolen goods. For example, under O.R.C. 2913.02, someone who is found guilty of stealing goods valued under $1,000 (an offense known as “petty theft”) can be sentenced to up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. As the value of the stolen goods goes up, so does the severity of the possible penalties.
There are, however, a few key statutes to keep in mind. One is O.R.C. 2913.61 (Finding of the value of the stolen property as part of the verdict). This statute can be particularly damaging to the defendant because it allows the court to add up the value of several stolen goods. So, if a defendant is found guilty of several petty theft incidents, the cumulative value of all the involved goods can be used to provide a more severe punishment.
Secondly, it is important to consider O.R.C. 2913.71 (felony of fifth-degree regardless of the value of the property) when approaching certain theft allegations. This statute classifies certain materials as especially sensitive and, if they are stolen, the accused is automatically charged with a fifth-degree felony.
These materials include:
- Motor vehicle title certificates
- Forged checks
- Credit cards
- Blank forms for Ohio driver’s licenses
- Motor vehicle license plates
Theft laws are complex and in every case, every client faces a unique set of circumstances as they confront the allegations against them. Our firm understands the nuances of these laws and is ready to bring vigilant and aggressive advocacy to your case.
Why Choose Patituce & Associates for Your Theft Crime Defense?
You Need Results When Charged with a Theft Crime
Patituce & Associates stands out as a preeminent Ohio criminal defense law firm, delivering exceptional legal representation at both state and federal levels.
With a positive record of producing notable results, the firm’s triumphs have been featured on prominent media platforms such as CNN, ESPN, NBC, and USA Today.
The firm’s stellar reputation is propelled by its lead attorney, Joe Patituce. He is celebrated as one of Ohio’s foremost criminal defense attorneys, with particular expertise in defending theft crimes. As 1 out of only 9 Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialists in Ohio, Attorney Patituce brings unparalleled experience and expertise to your defense.
Contact a Toledo Theft Crime Lawyer
Facing a theft charge is, unquestionably, a critical legal situation. Depending on your circumstances and the gravity of the allegations, your reputation, career, family life, and freedom could all be at stake. Given what you stand to lose, you need an experienced attorney at your side.
At Patituce & Associates, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you mount the most robust possible defense. We understand the importance of your case and always devote the necessary time and effort to pursue the most favorable outcome.
Don’t let the anxiety of your situation prevent you from seeking help. The most common mistakes we observe are when individuals believe they don’t need legal representation, or they believe that they can’t afford a lawyer. This is a crucial time in your life when you most need a professional to advocate for your rights and interests.
Our Toledo theft crime attorneys are ready to make a difference in your case. To initiate a conversation about how we can help, fill out our online contact form or give us a call today. Don’t delay – your future is too important to wait.
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Patituce & Associates, LLC – Toledo Office
412 14th Street
Toledo, OH 43604
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