What is a Misdemeanor in Ohio?
generally involve the least serious criminal offenses in Ohio. However, misdemeanor cases still carry penalties like fines, jail time, and court costs. Therefore, it is not wise to take a misdemeanor charge lightly.
Misdemeanors are broken down into 5 different categories. The higher the category classification of misdemeanor the more severe the possible penalties will be for the offense.
Degrees of Misdemeanors
The classifications of misdemeanor
offenses are known as degrees. The higher the degree, the higher the penalty associated therewith. The classifications are 1sr Degree, 2nd Degree, 3rd Degree, 4th Degree, and Minor Misdemeanors (MM). A first degree misdemeanor is the most serious of all misdemeanor cases and a Minor Misdemeanor, known as an MM, is the least serious. Examples of a first degree misdemeanor are an OVI / DUI or a theft charge, where examples of an MM include speeding tickets. It is important to understand the degree of misdemeanor that you are facing, so that you can understand the possible penalty involved with your case.
The degree, or classification
of misdemeanor for which you are charged will determine the possible penalties that you are facing with your case. Here is a breakdown of the misdemeanor degrees and the maximum penalty for each classification:
|1st Degree||6 Months||$1,000|
|2nd Degree||90 Days||$750|
|3rd Degree||60 Days||$500|
|4th Degree||30 Days||$250|
A Misdemeanor Attorney-Lawyer Can Help
The attorney or lawyer
that you select to represent you in a misdemeanor case will have a direct impact on the results that you receive. Experience matters when handling such an important situation. We are highly respected in the criminal defense area of law. Our attorneys will fight to protect your rights. Call today for your free telephone consultation to determine how the law firm of Barr, Jones & Associates can help you during this difficult time of your life.