Ohio Misdemeanor Law

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.

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Ohio Misdemeanor Penalties

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense in the State of Ohio, you are facing the following potential consequences:

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Stages of A Misdemeanor Case


The arraignment is normally your first court appearance. It is sometimes done via video if you are in jail. Most courts will have you watch a brief videotape, which will explain the potential penalties you are facing as well as your rights. It will also explain the various pleas that can be entered.

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