Hello, thank you for your question.Theft
of property or merchandise of under $300 is considered a first degree misdemeanor
in Ohio. It is technically punishable under the law by up to 6 months in jail, a fine, or both.
While a judge has the authority to sentence
you to jail, as a first time offender with no criminal record
, you would likely just get a fine, probation, court
costs, community service, or a combination of any or all of these things. Petty theft
is actually a very minor offense.
You may wish to consult with a local criminal
defense attorney or the public defender to discuss this matter further. Typically, attorneys with 1-5 years experience offer lower fees.
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