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Ohio Misdemeanor Law

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Misdemeanor Levels In Ohio

Misdemeanor level crimes include criminal charges, as well as traffic offenses and, are typically punishable by up to a year in county jail.

In Ohio, misdemeanors are divided into five ranges, levels one through four, and minor misdemeanors. A misdemeanor one is the highest level.

Minor misdemeanor offenses are typically charges such as speeding or red light violations.

Jail Time As Opposed To Prison Time

Other penalties, such as license suspensions, probation, community service, counseling, and treatment programs, may also be available as sentencing options in misdemeanor cases.

Some offenses, such as DUI and Driving Under Suspension, may carry mandatory jail sentences and/or license suspensions.

Laws vary from one jurisdiction to another, so penalties may also vary depending on whether the person is charged with violating state law or a municipal ordinance.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor, the advice of a local criminal attorney is often necessary to sort through the complicated legal system.


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The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent) from our office in Ravenna, and Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton) from our office in Stow. Cases in all other courts in North East Ohio, such as Cuyahoga County courts, are handled under specific terms and conditions.

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