Common Ohio Misdemeanors

Common Ohio Misdemeanors

In the state of Ohio, misdemeanors are categorized into five different classes:

  • First-degree
  • Second-degree
  • Third-degree
  • Fourth-degree
  • Minor misdemeanor

These classes are based on the severity of the crime and have varying consequences. Unless there is a specific Ohio criminal law allowing for a specific sentence, each degree of misdemeanor offense has an associated maximum penalty.

First-Degree Misdemeanors

First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to:

  • 180 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Both, jail time and a fine

Some of the most common examples include:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving under suspension
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Petty theft

Second-Degree Misdemeanors

Second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to:

  • 90 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $750
  • Both, jail time and a fine

Some of the most common examples of second-degree misdemeanors include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism

Third-Degree Misdemeanors

Third-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to:

  • 60 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $500
  • Both, jail time and a fine

Some of the most common examples of third-degree misdemeanors include:

  • Creating or selling drug paraphernalia
  • Negligent assault
  • Abuse of a corpse

Fourth-Degree Misdemeanors

Fourth-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to:

  • 30 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $250
  • Both, jail time and a fine

The most common fourth-degree misdemeanors include:

  • Public indecency
  • A second traffic conviction within one year’s time
  • Consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle

Minor Misdemeanors

Minor misdemeanors are punishable by up to:

  • A fine of up to $150

The most common minor misdemeanors include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Disorderly conduct

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Don’t let a criminal charge change the rest of your life. A misdemeanor has the ability to impact your chances of securing future employment along with added problems relating to background checks. There are options available to you to help protect your rights and your future.

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