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 misdemeanor. A first degree misdemeanor carries a prison sentence of up to 180 days. In addition to, or separate from, a prison sentence, a person convicted of a first degree misdemeanor could be forced to pay fine up to $1000.
A person convicted of a second degree misdemeanor could be forced to pay fine up to $750. In addition they could be facing sentence of up to 90 days. Obstructing official business would be an example of a second degree misdemeanor.
If you facing a third degree misdemeanor, you are facing a fine of up to $500 and a potential prison sentence of up to 60 days.
A fourth degree misdemeanor carries a prison sentence of up to 30 days if convicted. In addition a defendant can be fined up to $250. Failure to disperse is an example of a fourth degree misdemeanor.
If you are charged with a minor misdemeanor such as disorderly conduct, you will not receive a jail sentence but you face a fine up to $150.
If you’re charged with a misdemeanor, you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney immediately. Wolfe Legal Services has 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and will fight for you in your misdemeanor case.