Domestic Battery, Shoplifting, and Retail Theft in OH and WV

Jay Gerber Offers Legal Services in OH and WV for Domestic Battery

Reported incidents of domestic battery are on the rise in both OH and WV jurisdictions. Conviction for domestic battery becomes part of your record as a domestic violence crime. Even a misdemeanor conviction can hurt your chances for a job or impact your application to rent a house or apartment. Convicted felons also lose the right to vote, carry firearms, and can lose certain professional licenses.

An experienced attorney, like Jay Gerber, Attorney at Law, can determine the defensive strength of your case. You may have grounds for a dismissal of the charges, wish to explore plea options, or have Jay Gerber represent you at trial. If you face domestic battery charges, you need strong representation to protect your rights. Jay Gerber, Attorney at Law offers legal services in OH and WV. Call our office today at (681) 229-1334 or contact us online for a consultation.

Domestic Battery Charges in Ohio and West Virginia

Domestic battery can be defined as battery against someone who is a family member or lives in your household. Domestic battery is defined as unlawful physical contact that is insulting, provoking, or results in physical harm. Simple domestic battery is categorized as a misdemeanor due to the threatening nature or minor bodily injury, like a cut, scrape or bruise. Jay Gerber, Attorney at Law is familiar with the local criminal court system in both Ohio and West Virginia. Having a knowledgeable attorney at your side raises your chances for a favorable outcome in court or when you need to negotiate.

General assault and battery statues address “serious” physical injury to the body, such as a broken bone or disfigurement that requires hospitalization. This includes crimes where injuries occur between family or household members.

Persons married to each other
Persons living together
Sexual partners
Related by blood, adoption, or marriage

Living in the same household (cohabitating)
Parents with a child in common
Siblings (brother or sister; half or whole)
Aunt or Uncle

Niece or Nephew
Grandparent (including step-grandparent)
First or Second Cousin

Shoplifting and Retail Theft Crimes in Ohio

Shoplifting can sometimes seem like an almost frivolous crime that is not taken seriously. However, there are severe punishments for theft that people do not consider. These penalties include jail time, fines, and possibly paying damages to the store owner. In Ohio, state law covers shoplifting. A person taking an item valued at $500 might be charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. A conviction could bring a sentence of up to 180 days in jail, fines of up to $1,000, or both. Being convicted of grand theft for some item worth thousands could bring punishment that includes jail time of six to 12 months, and fines of up to $2,500.

Consult with Jay Gerber, Attorney at Law if you are charged with shoplifting or retail theft in Ohio. Speaking with a knowledgeable attorney like Jay Gerber means he will consider the circumstances of your case and assist you in protecting your rights and making the right decisions.

West Virginia Shoplifting and Retail Theft Crimes

A person commits the offense of shoplifting if they intend to appropriate merchandise without paying for it. Merchants in West Virginia have several ways to thwart shoplifting, including the use of trained loss prevention staff on-site, video cameras for surveillance, and several ways to tag merchandise electronically. There may be several types of evidence collected with retail theft charges, including the actual merchandise, price tags or markings, packaging or containers, photographs, receipts, and more. Any one or more of these can have an impact on the kind of penalties you may have ahead, or they could provide a way to assert your innocence.

A confidential consultation with Jay Gerber, Attorney at Law will offer insight for the months and years ahead. Call our office today at (681) 229-1334 if you face shoplifting or retail theft charges.