Criminal Charges in Columbus Ohio

Criminal charges can be separated into three categories: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.  The different classifications are separated by the seriousness of the offense and the amount of punishment given to a person found guilty of the charge.

Felony Charges in Columbus, Ohio

Felony charges are the most severe charges.  They are the result of being accused of a severe crime.  Being found guilty of a felony charge is punishable by incarceration of six or more months in prison.  In some cases, the guilty person faces life in prison without parole and or the death penalty.  Every type of felony crime carries a minimum and maximum possible sentence.  Most states have different classifications of crimes and offenses that result in felony charges.  You can read more about the type of felony convictions and punishments here.

Misdemeanor Charges in Columbus, Ohio

Misdemeanor charges are not as severe as felony charges.  Oftentimes, the severity of a crime determines if it is a misdemeanor crime or felony crime.  For example, an assault charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the alleged assault.  Likewise, being charged with the same crime multiple times, can upgrade a misdemeanor crime charge to a felony charge.  An example of this is being convicted multiple times of a DUI offense.  Most states have different classifications of misdemeanors and offenses that result in misdemeanor charges.  You can read more about the type of misdemeanor convictions and punishments here.

Infractions in Columbus, Ohio

An infraction is less serious than a misdemeanor.  An infraction does not carry any jail time.  Additionally, the ramifications of an infraction conviction are only financial in nature.  Examples of infractions include speeding, littering, driving without a seatbelt, etc.  Infraction charges are not resolved trial by a jury; instead, a judge decides the facts.

Misdemeanors

The state of Ohio classifies misdemeanor offenses into five categories: first, second, third, fourth, and minor misdemeanors. Below you will find information about the various levels of misdemeanors. Petty theft would be an example of a first degree… Read More

Felonies

Felonies carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors. Ohio classifies felony offenses into five categories: first, second, third, fourth, and fifth degree felonies. Below you will find information about the various levels of felonies. If you are facing… Read More

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A person with two felony convictions can apply after four years. If convicted of three, four, or five felonies, the person must wait 5 years. Another change under Ohio's new Expungement Law is that a person can apply to seal an unlimited number o… Read More
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