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What Is Criminal Usury?

Extortionate Extension of Credit

Legal Defense in Cleveland for Criminal Usury

Being caught with records of extortionate credit or usurious loans is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor, with up to six months in prison if convicted. Effective defense against charges of extortionate lending and usury is vital because these charges are often levied as part of larger indictments alleging organized crime.

Prosecutors take these types of financial crimes very seriously, so you need to work with the best defense team available. The attorneys at Patituce & Associates are some of Cleveland’s most experienced defense lawyers.

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Understanding O.R.C. 2905.22 - Extortionate Extension of Credit

People who loan money with the understanding that a failure to pay it back can result in violent retribution (or who loan money at an interest rate over 25%) can be charged for criminal usury, extortionate extension of credit.

  • Charges and penalties for criminal usury in Cleveland:
  • Fourth-degree felony charges, with up to 18 months' prison upon conviction
  • Possessing the records can lead to a first-degree misdemeanor (6 months in jail)

Bookkeepers in criminal organizations can also be charged under this statute, even if they did not personally extend credit under such conditions. Additionally, crimes defined under O.R.C. 2905.22 are often charged in conjunction with other offenses, which can increase the penalties you face if convicted.

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