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Stiefvater Law, LLC has been serving Cleveland, Ohio for over a decade. Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has been defending individuals for over 15 years. Put his experience to work and prevent a shoplifting conviction from being on your record. Because shoplifting is a theft offense, a conviction often results in very real, and very negative consequences. Besides the potential for jail time, a shoplifting conviction can prevent employment or result in problems with professional licensing. We are here to help you.

Sometimes the wrong person is charged with shoplifting. Sometimes an inadvertent mistake can result in a charge of shoplifting. Sometimes shoplifting occurs out of necessity. There are a lot of “sometimes” and “what if’s” in the law. We will tell your side of the story and put forth your strongest defense. Let’s talk.

Shoplifting is a theft offense. In Ohio, theft is committed several different ways. One way theft can be committed:

No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:

By deception.

Depending upon what was allegedly shoplifted, who the goods were shoplifted from, and the value of the shoplifted goods, shoplifting can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The range of penalties depends on the facts and circumstances but may be as follows:

Fifth Degree Felony (F5) – up to 12 months in prison. Fine up to $2,500.

Fourth Degree Felony (F4) – up to 18 months in prison. Fine up to $5,000.

Third Degree Felony (F3) – up to 5 years in prison. Fine up to $10,000.

Second Degree Felony (F2) – up to 8 years in prison. Fine up to $15,000.

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The Ohio Revised Code defines theft in chapter 2913.02, which in part states:

(3) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(4), (5), (6), (7), (8), or (9) of this section, if the victim of the offense is an elderly person, disabled adult, active duty service member, or spouse of an active duty service member, a violation of this section is theft from a person in a protected class, and division (B)(3) of this section applies. Except as otherwise provided in this division, theft from a person in a protected class is a felony of the fifth degree. If the value of the property or services stolen is one thousand dollars or more and is less than seven thousand five hundred dollars, theft from a person in a protected class is a felony of the fourth degree. If the value of the property or services stolen is seven thousand five hundred dollars or more and is less than thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars, theft from a person in a protected class is a felony of the third degree. If the value of the property or services stolen is thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars or more and is less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars, theft from a person in a protected class is a felony of the second degree. If the value of the property or services stolen is one hundred fifty thousand dollars or more, theft from a person in a protected class is a felony of the first degree. If the victim of the offense is an elderly person, in addition to any other penalty imposed for the offense, the offender shall be required to pay full restitution to the victim and to pay a fine of up to fifty thousand dollars. The clerk of court shall forward all fines collected under division (B)(3) of this section to the county department of job and family services to be used for the reporting and investigation of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation or for the provision or arrangement of protective services under sections 5101.61 to 5101.71 of the Revised Code.

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