Theft-fellony Section 2913.02 of Ohio Revised Code
I have been served papers to appear in court on August 30th, 2006. I own my own business and sell vacation packages and provide a business opportunity, he purchased a product from me without his wife's knowledge, and when she found out, he lied to her and told her he bought a laptop off of me for his work, and that he never received it. I told him i understood that he didnt want her to know the truth and that i would refund his money if I got the package back, but he clamed he no longer has it so i refused to refund him. now I am being charged with theft by deception. what will happen? Do i have a promising case, or will they see him as the victium even if i have a list of other people that have done business with me successfully? If i am convicted, what is most likely to happen? will they just tell me to pay him back, or since it is a felony will they send me to prison for at least a year (i hear that was the minimum). Is it possible to settle out of court if i do a refund? And if i did do a refund could he drop the charges before the court date? i dont want to have to go to jail because he is to much of a coward to stand up to his wife and tell her the truth. I have a husband and 2 children under the age of 5, and i am only 23.