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A felony is a serious charge with serious penalties and long term impact on your future ability to obtain employment.  This page outlines felony penalties.

Aggravated Murder

Prison Term:  Depends upon whether the conviction is with or without a Death Specification.  With Death Specification, the prison term is either the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or life with parole after 20, 25, or 30 years.  Without Death Specification, the prison term is life with parole eligibility after 20 years or life without parole (if the conviction has a sexual motivation and/or sexual predator specification).

Fine: Up to $25,000.00


Prison Term: 15 years to life.  Life without parole if the conviction has a sexual motivation and/or sexual predator specification.

Fine: Up to $15,000.00

First Degree Felony

Prison Term: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 years.

Fine: Up to $20,000.00

Second Degree Felony

Prison Term: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 years.

Fine: Up to $15,000.00

Third Degree Felony

Prison Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years.

Fine: Up to $10,000.00

Fourth Degree Felony

Prison Term: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18 months.

Fine: Up to $5,000.00

Fifth Degree Felony

Prison Term: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 months.

Fine: Up to $2,500.00


There are numerous specifications that can add additional time to the above stated prison terms.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession or Use of a Firearm;
  • Repeat Violent Offenders;
  • Major Drug Offenses; and
  • Corrupt Activity.

If you have any questions regarding the range of potential penalties, contact Felony Defense Lawyer Robert Stiefvater.

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Stiefvater Law, LLC has had the privilege to defend countless individuals.  Founding Attorney Robert Stiefvater practices throughout Ohio- Federal; including but not limited to the following jurisdictions- County: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit- the following Municipal: Bedford, Berea, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, Sandusky, Vermillion, Chardon, Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin, Medina, Wadsworth, Canton, Massillon, Akron, and Stow- and the following Mayor’s Beachwood, Boston Heights,  Broadview Heights, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Independence, Middleburg Heights, Newburgh Heights, North Royalton, Seven Hills, Strongsville, Avon, North Ridgeville, Brunswick, Boston Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Macedonia, and Northfield.

If you have been charged with a crime or a DUI - OVI, and need an OVI lawyer or local criminal defense attorney:

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Aiding & Abetting, Accessory, Arson, Assault, Attempt, Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Child Abandonment, Child Abuse, Child Endangering, Child Pornography, Computer Crime, Conspiracy, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Credit Card Fraud, Contempt of Court, Cyber Bullying, Debit Card Fraud, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, Domestic Violence, Drug Cultivation, Drug Manufacturing, Drug Trafficking, Drug Distribution, Drug Possession, Embezzlement, Extortion, Forgery, Fraud, Harassment, Hate Crime, Homicide, Indecent Exposure, Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, Kidnapping, Larceny, Manslaughter, Medical Marijuana, Money Laundering, Murder, Open Container, Perjury, Probation Violation, Prostitution, Public Intoxication, RICO (racketeering), Rape, Robbery, Securities Fraud, Sexual Assault, Shoplifting, Solicitation, Stalking, Statutory Rape, Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud, Telemarketing Fraud, Theft, Underage Possession, Vandalism, White Collar Crime, and Wire Fraud;
or any of the following 

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