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Joslyn Law Firm - Criminal Defense in Columbus, Ohio



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Petty Theft/Shoplifting

What may seem like a trivial criminal act, a shoplifting or petty theft charge has the potential to come with major negative consequences.  Since shoplifting is considered a crime of dishonesty, if convicted  you will have this on your permanent arrest record, which will be seen by employers or anyone who decides to run a background check.  Knowing that you were convicted of theft could keep you from getting the job you want or achieve the goals you have set out for yourself.

With this major issue in mind, it is imperative that you consider hiring a capable criminal defense attorney to represent you on your behalf. Having a qualified theft defense lawyer at your side will ensure that your defense strategy is sound and you are taking the necessary steps to get this charge reduced or possibly dismissed. 

Columbus Petty Theft Attorney

With what you have to lose in a situation such as this, proceed in the most effective way possible by retaining an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm is an aggressive and dedicated lawyer who is committed to providing highly personalized and efficient legal counsel for every client he works with. 

Proudly representing individuals dealing with criminal charges in central Ohio, Brian will handle every aspect of your case personally and with a focus on putting you in the most favorable position possible, with an increased chance for a not guilty verdict or acquittal.  Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a free consultation with Brian Joslyn if you live in or around the counties of Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway.

Petty Theft under Ohio Law

According to O.C.R. §2913.02, you may be charged with theft if you take control of someone else’s property or services with the purpose of depriving them:

  • Without permission the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
  • Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;
  • By deception;
  • By threat; or
  • By intimidation.

Petty theft or shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree.  In Ohio, a charge such as this will come with a presumptive sentence of not more than six months in prison and / or a fine of up to $1,000 (O.C.R. §2929.22).

The charges will increase in severity depending on the amount stolen. Shoplifting becomes a felony if the value of the property or services stolen is between $1000 and $7500.

Joslyn Law Firm | Franklin County Shoplifting Arrest Lawyer

A petty theft charge has the potential to have a very dramatic effect on your professional and social life. If you or a loved one is dealing with a petty theft or shoplifting charge in central Ohio, call the experienced and knowledgeable Ohio criminal defense attorney, Brian Joslyn.  Having spent years representing individuals fighting petty theft allegations, he has the insight and understanding necessary to capably represent you throughout the entire process.

Call (614) 444-1900 or send us an online message if you would like to set up a risk-free and confidential consultation to discuss the specifics of your case in detail with Brian Joslyn.  Based in Columbus, Brian is committed to upholding the individual rights of those living in central Ohio, including but not limited to the cities of Delaware, Powell, Dublin, Reynoldsburg, Urbancrest, Mount Sterling, Utica, Hanover, Canal Winchester, Millersport, Circleville and New Holland.


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