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What Is Shoplifting In Ohio?

Have you been picked up for shoplifting in Ohio?

While people commonly refer to stealing from a store as shoplifting, there is not an offense in Ohio that is called shoplifting.  So, what is shoplifting in Ohio?  Shoplifting in Ohio is technically known as theft, which is defined in Ohio Revised Code 2913.02 (R.C. 2913.02).  Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony.  If the value of the items total less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), the offense is petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  This offense has a maximum jail term of one hundred eighty days in jail.  If the value of the items total one thousand dollars or more but less than seven thousand five hundred dollars, then the offense is theft, a felony of the fifth degree.  This offense has a maximum prison term of twelve months.  If the value of the items total seven thousand five hundred dollars or more and less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars, the offense is grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree.  This offense has a maximum prison term of eighteen months. (more…)

Can Police Pull You Over Based On A Tip From Another Driver?

There are times when the police conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle based upon a tip from a citizen that the vehicle was driving erratically.  Sometimes, this is a tip from another driver.  When the police observe traffic violations that, by themselves, justify a traffic stop, courts need not analyze the reliability of the citizen’s tip in determining whether the traffic stop was valid.  However, the police often gather little to no evidence prior to conducting a traffic stop.  In those instances, courts must analyze the reliability of the tip.  In other words, the courts ask: "can police pull you over based on a tip from another driver?" In analyzing the reliability of the tip, informants are divided into three classes: (1)        the anonymous informant; (2)        the known informant; and (3)        the identified citizen informant. (more…)