How Theft Crimes Can Derail Your Future

Property and theft crimes can have a major impact on your future. Because these charges carry the stigma of deception and dishonesty, a conviction can make it hard to get a job, pursue an education, take out loans and buy a house.

At Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, we don’t want you to have to suffer the harsh consequences of a theft conviction for a mistake or misunderstanding. Our defense lawyer is committed to fighting for you, no matter your circumstances. He spent the bulk of his career as a prosecutor, which means he knows how the other side thinks and can use that knowledge to your advantage. Here, you can trust that you are backed by a strong ally and advocate.

Understanding Theft Offenses

Theft crimes in Ohio encompass a wide range of charges. You might not even have kept the property at issue. For example, if someone alleges that you took their property without authorization and that you intended to permanently deprive them of that property, you could still face theft charges even if you returned the property. Many theft charges are based on one person’s statement to law enforcement and no other prevailing evidence.

Examples of theft cases include:

  • Burglary
  • Theft by deception
  • Receipt of stolen property
  • Passing bad checks
  • Forgery
  • Shoplifting
  • Fraud and other white collar crimes

In Ohio, theft offenses are punishable by sentences that could increase dramatically depending on the amount of property alleged to be stolen and the felony level. Even if a crime was a misdemeanor, you could still face jail time or extensive community control sanctions. These charges require the knowledge and experience of a theft crime defense lawyer who has practiced extensively in this area.

Don’t Face Theft Charges Alone

Fighting back against criminal charges of any kind can be an uphill battle. Don’t take on the vast power of the justice system alone. Learn how we can have your back. Call 216-867-6523 to reach our defense lawyer directly, or contact our Cleveland office through this quick online contact form.

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