Xenia, OH asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: can I get arrested for using something I was told I can use?

I am 18 and live with my dad. I have started mowing yards in my neighborhood and I’ve been using my dads mower. He didn’t care that I’ve been using it or wanted to. My siblings went somewhere without asking while he was working and I didn’t know and when my dad found out he told me I can’t use the mower and if I did he’d call the cops and say I stoled it from him since I’m 18. I have a yard to mow today. What should I do? Could I be charged for this or arrested if I do use the mower?

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A: As an 18 year old adult, or anyone of any age, for that matter, I would suggest that you not take the mower. As I understand it, he has told you that you are no longer welcome to it; taking it without his consent could be problematic for you. I would just speak to the owner of the yard and explain you've lost access to your equipment or speak to your Dad again in hopes he changes his mind. Good luck!

Dimitrios Makridis agrees with this answer

Marcus A. Ross
Marcus A. Ross
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Your father can file an Unauthorized Use of Property Charge or Theft charge against you if he gave you specific instructions not to use or possess the lawnmower. Unauthorized Use of Property or Theft are criminal offense(s) which can be misdemeanor or felony classification offenses based on the value of the lawnmower. I would recommend you don’t take the lawnmower.

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