Theft and fraud OFFENSES

THEFT and FRAUD are considered to be crimes of dishonesty. Having a conviction of THEFT or FRAUD on your record can immediately deem you as an untrustworthy person wherein every word you say could be taken with a grain of salt. THEFT is generally known as the act of taking or using the property of another person or entity. The offense of robbery is a variation of theft offense that involves taking another's property by force or threat of force. FRAUD, which can often fall under the category of forgery, is typically defined as deceiving another person or entity to bring them financial harm.

THEFT and FRAUD offenses under Ohio law include:

  • Taking someone's property or services without consent
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Unauthorized use of property
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Identity Fraud
  • Impersonating a police officer and displaying law enforcement emblems
  • Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Medicaid Fraud
  • Embezzlement, or taking money from an employer
  • Passing bad checks or misusing credit cards
  • Unauthorized possession or selling of wire, radio, satellite, or telecommunication devices

The severity of the offense for THEFT depends both on the valued price of the goods that are stolen and the "class" of the victim who is stolen from. For example, if the victim is disabled, elderly, or in active duty service, the offense immediately becomes one degree higher. There are a multitude of different THEFT and FRAUD offenses not listed here, and it is important to immediately seek legal advice if you are facing any of these types of charges.

THEFT and FRAUD possible penalties:

  • F1 (felony of the first degree)
  • F2 (felony of the second degree)
  • F3 (felony of the third degree)
  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)

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