Is There a Statute of Limitations for Theft Charges in Ohio?

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Theft Charges in Ohio?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time a prosecutor has to file charges against an individual accused of committing an offense. The court may no longer have jurisdiction over a case if the state fails to take legal action before the specified deadline. If it attempts to pursue an individual for a criminal offense outside the statute of limitations, that could result in a dismissal.

Rationale Behind the Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations was established to protect individuals from being subject to unfair trials. Every person accused of a crime has constitutional rights that guarantee they can defend themselves against accusations during a fair proceeding. If too much time passes between the commission of an alleged crime and the trial for that offense, the defendant’s evidence could become compromised, which would violate their legal protections.

Deadlines for Prosecuting Offenses

Under Iowa Revised Code 2901.13, the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is 2 years. However, for minor misdemeanors the time limit to file charges is 6 months. For a felony, the state cannot prosecute after 6 years from the date it knew of the offense.

In Ohio, theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, which means the statute of limitations will differ depending on the level of offense. The value of the item(s) involved in the crime determines the charges. Generally, if the object stolen was worth less than $1,000, the offense is considered petty theft and is a misdemeanor. A person could be accused of a felony if they took an item valued at $1,000 or more.

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