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Navigating the different degrees of misdemeanor charges

Depending on the level, damage and intent of a crime, the degree and punishment can change dramatically in Ohio, even within the scope of misdemeanor offenses. At Yavitch & Palmer, our attorneys concentrate on criminal defense, so we have a deep understanding of what is considered a first-, second-,  third- or fourth-degree misdemeanor and what penalties are involved with each.

What is a minor misdemeanor?

Minor misdemeanors are the least significant in terms of penalty, carrying a maximum fine of $150 and no possible jail sentence.

What is a fourth-degree misdemeanor?

Fourth-degree misdemeanors are the next least significant in terms of fines and penalties.  If you are charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor, you face:

  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Up to $250 in fines

What is a third-degree misdemeanor?

This lesser crime still carries penalties if you are convicted. The penalties for third-degree misdemeanors include:

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • A maximum $500 fine

What is a second-degree misdemeanor?

This is a more significant charge, with increased jail time and fines. Penalties for a second-degree misdemeanor increase as follows:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • A maximum $750 fine

What is a first-degree misdemeanor?

A first-degree misdemeanor is the most serious a crime can be without being a felony. In the state of Ohio, first-degree misdemeanors are punishable by the following:

  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • A maximum $1,000 fine

Don’t face a misdemeanor accusation in Ohio alone

While a misdemeanor is not as serious a charge as a felony, jail time and significant fines are still a possibility. For that reason, you want an experienced lawyer on your side. At Yavitch & Palmer, our attorneys understand the demands and the etiquette of the courtroom. Call Yavitch & Palmer at 614-224-6142 or fill out our online contact form to set up an appointment. We can meet with you at our Downtown Columbus office to discuss your case and give you an effective, personalized plan of defense.

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