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Defense for Shoplifting Charges in Ohio

Shoplifting in Ohio is considered a serious theft crime, associated with harsh penalties such as jail time and fines. Furthermore, merchants can sue shoplifters in civil court to recover damages. If you were arrested and charged with shoplifting, obtaining experienced and skilled legal representation from a qualified criminal defense lawyer is imperative.

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, we protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. With over 50 years of combined experience, our Dayton shoplifting attorney possesses extensive knowledge of Ohio law to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system.

Call L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC today at (937) 685-7006 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our shoplifting attorney in Dayton!

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting, legally called theft, involves unlawfully taking merchandise from a store without paying for it. This offense should not be taken lightly, as it can result in severe consequences. Understanding the nuances of shoplifting charges is essential, and our team at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, is here to guide you through the process.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Ohio?

In Ohio, shoplifting is punished as theft according to Ohio Code 2913.02. Theft occurs when an individual obtains control over property without consent from the owner and deprives the owner of the property. The severity of the penalty depends on the value of the property stolen.

The following are the penalties for shoplifting in Ohio:

  • Items valued under $1,000 – First-degree misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of 180 days
    • Fines of up to $1,000
  • Items valued over $1,000 and less than $7,500 – Fifth-degree felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of 12 months
    • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Items valued over $7,500 and less than $150,000 (grand theft) – Fourth-degree felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of 18 months
    • Fines of up to $5,000

Defenses Against Shoplifting Charges

Crafting a solid defense is crucial when facing shoplifting charges. Our skilled attorneys at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, are well-versed in employing effective strategies to challenge shoplifting allegations. Some potential defenses against shoplifting charges include:

  • Lack of Intent: Proving there was no intent to steal is a viable defense strategy. This may involve proving that the act was accidental or a misunderstanding.
  • Mistaken Identity: Individuals may be wrongly accused due to mistaken identity. Our attorneys work diligently to investigate and establish the facts surrounding your case.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If your rights were violated during the search and seizure process, it may provide grounds for suppressing evidence and strengthening your defense.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence is a common defense tactic. Our attorneys scrutinize the evidence against you to identify weaknesses in the case.
  • Negotiating Plea Bargains: In certain situations, negotiating a plea bargain may be a strategic approach to minimize the impact of shoplifting charges.

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our legal team is dedicated to exploring these and other defenses tailored to the specifics of your case. We understand the intricacies of Ohio's legal system and leverage our knowledge to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

Contact Our Dayton Shoplifting Attorney Today

Our Dayton shoplifting lawyers at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC can investigate your arrest and collect crucial evidence necessary to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy. We will do whatever it takes to reduce your charges or dismiss your case entirely. Do not hesitate to get the legal help necessary to get your life back on track.

Contact L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC today to schedule a meeting with our shoplifting lawyer in Dayton!

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Read Our Client Testimonials

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "I had a very difficult case that took longer than usual but they never gave up on it."

    Extremely pleased with L. Patrick Mulligan and Associates. They helped me through every step of the process and worked hard for me. I had a very difficult case that took longer than usual but they never gave up on it. Thank you!

    - Megan
    "Patrick and his team are the only choice!"
    My husband was forced to defend himself at our home but that put him in jail. I first went with another lawyer, Mike Mills, who took my money and that was it. Feeling hopeless, I contacted Patrick’s team and they didn’t disappoint. Within 3 hours, Patrick was at jail speaking with my husband and a few days later, Patrick had him home. When you call the office, everyone helps you. You are not just another case to them; I know and experienced it. They are a team you want to be on your family’s side! Thank you Patrick and Laura and team - you are the best, thank you!
    - Jackson
    "When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging."
    My family and I have used Patrick for different cases. A child custody as well as DUI. Initially you may feel scared and want to keep calling but in the end he has always proven that he is the best of the best. When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging. He knows what he's doing. Child custody WON! DUI best possible outcome! I wouldn't hire anyone but him. I highly recommend! Thanks Mr. Mulligan and staff!

    - Satisfied Client
    "You helped me with a life changing situation and I'm a better father and son with your help and support."
    I want to personally thank you, Patrick and everyone else who did an amazing job on my cases. I've unfortunately dealt with a lot of attorney's over the years and you guys were the first one's I've ever trusted or felt that you really did what you said you were going to do!! Myself and my family couldn't thank you enough. You helped me with a life changing situation and I'm a better father and son with your help and support.
    - Brian
    "Best Lawyer ever."
    Patrick Mulligan took on my case in May 1996 not knowing how things would go. My case being his first Big case. He saved my life. I have still to this day will always remember and be Thankful to him for trusting and believing in me. I was a mother of a daughter 19 months old who as killed by my boyfriend at the time. The state tried to prove me for child endangering and wanting me to serve 18 months in prison. Parick didnt know until that point what he had gotten into . Patrick did everything he could to prove I was a good mother. It was almost a year after my daughters life was taken. We went to trail and I stood on the stand with all my friends and Dr.'s. Patrick worked so hard for me and we won and here I am 15 years later . I found his web site and had to tell my story. Anyone who needs his help he will work as hard as he can for anyone he believs in. I'm so gald to see he is still in Cinti helping people. Thank you Patrick. I will talk to you soon.
    - Stacy
    "I would recommend him to anybody."
    Patrick Mulligan is one of the few attorney's in Dayton that takes no bullshit I would recommend him to anybody
    - Justin
    "Help in the Middle of the Night"
    Mr. Mulligan made all the difference in my case. Through his yellow page ad, I was able to reach him in the middle of the night, after my ex-wife had me falsely arrested for Domestic Violence Verbal. He was prompt in coming to my assistance. He went out of his way to help reach my family so that they could get me released from holding. He answered all my questions and walked me through the entire process. He was able to get the results I was hoping for at the pre-trial, so that we did not actually have to go through an actual trial. Mr. Mulligan exceeded all my expectations and I would recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a similar unfortunate situation. He was a Godsend for me.
    - Mark
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