The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered Ohio courts to stop reviving debtors’ prison. In other words, Ohio outlaws debtors’ prison. In February 2014, the high court indicated that it would not tolerate the court’s imprisoning people who could not afford to pay fines and costs.
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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…)
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