Champaign County, Ohio – Unauthorized Use of Property, Fourth Degree Misdemeanor

Charge: Two counts of Aggravated Menacing, First Degree Misdemeanor (maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine) and Unauthorized Use of Property, Fourth Degree Misdemeanor (maximum 30 days in jail and $250 fine).

Facts: Client allegedly sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend. Client also allegedly took money from his ex-girlfriend’s bank account without her permission. Client advised me he was concerned that a conviction for a crime of dishonesty might cause him to lose his job.

Result: After negotiations, and in exchange for a plea of guilty, the State of Ohio dismissed one of the Aggravated Menacing charges, reduced the other Aggravated Menacing charge to Menacing, Fourth Degree Misdemeanor, and reduced the charge of Unauthorized Use of Property to a charge of Attempted Unauthorized Use of Property, Minor Misdemeanor (maximum $150 fine). Client was fined a total of $85 and ordered to pay restitution to his ex-girlfriend in the amount of $80.