The Consequences of a Conviction

The Consequences of a Conviction

The conviction penalties for any crime are severe.

For instance, in Ohio, the incarceration terms and fines for a misdemeanor offense are as follows:

  • First-degree:
    • Up to 180 days in jail and/or
    • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Second-degree:
    • Up to 90 days in jail and/or
    • A fine of up to $750
  • Third-degree:
    • Up to 60 days in jail and/or
    • A fine of up to $500
  • Fourth-degree:
    • Up to 30 days in jail and/or
    • A fine of up to $250

Because felonies are considered more serious crimes than misdemeanors, the penalties for a conviction are substantially harsher.

The potential felony conviction penalties include:

  • First-degree:
    • A minimum of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 years in prison and/or
    • A maximum fine of $20,000
  • Second-degree:
    • A minimum of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 years in prison and/or
    • A maximum fine of $15,000
  • Third-degree:
    • A maximum of 36 months' imprisonment and/or
    • A maximum fine of $10,000
  • Fourth-degree:
    • A maximum of 18 months' imprisonment and/or
    • A maximum fine of $5,000
  • Fifth-degree:
    • A maximum of 12 months' imprisonment and/or
    • A maximum fine of $2,000

It's important to note that the criminal penalties listed above aren't the only sanctions you can face if found guilty of a crime. You may be subject to what are called collateral consequences. These are disabilities imposed by law but not levied by the court at the time of sentencing and are separate from any term of incarceration or fine you're ordered to. For instance, you may be barred from voting or possessing a gun because of a felony conviction. Additionally, certain drug crime convictions can make you ineligible for federal financial aid for higher education.

Collateral consequences can also present various social and economic hurdles. For example, you might have difficulties getting a job, obtaining a professional license, or finding a place to live. The disadvantages can make it challenging for you to re-enter society even after you have finished your sentence.

Seeking to Avoid Harsh Conviction Penalties

One way to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case is by developing a solid defense with a skilled attorney's help. But that's not always easy when you're in jail awaiting your trial. While in custody, you may be limited to when you can contact your attorney or even meet with them in person to discuss your case.

However, if you post bail, you can be released from custody. This can make it easier for you to have candid discussions with your lawyer and tell your side of the story.

Yet, you might not have on hand the amount you need to get out of jail. Fortunately, you can contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds for help with the bail process and seek release as quickly as possible.

To get started with a free and confidential consultation, call us at (614) 945-4334 or contact us online today. We serve residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas.


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