Theft offenses are serious and can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts and circumstances, and the amount of money, or value of property involved.
Since theft is a crime of dishonesty, there can be broad-reaching ramifications for individuals, especially when it comes to their employment. A theft conviction can be extremely alarming to potential employers because of the trust issues that it can create.
Several courts in the central Ohio area have established diversion programs for certain types of theft offenses.
Our first strategy in handling a theft case is to explore potential pretrial diversion programs with the ultimate goal being a dismissal of the charges. If a pretrial diversion program is not available to our client, we certainly look at all the aspects of the case, review the evidence and decide on the best strategy to either litigate the case or successfully negotiate a reasonable plea resolution.