MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES - JAIL - FINE
On this page you will find a brief discussion of the different degrees of and penalties for misdemeanors. Many simple traffic violations (speeding, etc.) have been reclassified as fourth degree misdemeanor offenses- subjecting you to a possible jail sentence! For an explanation of Ohio’s point system for speeding tickets and other traffic violations click HERE.
Ohio misdemeanor crimes are classified into one of 6 degrees or categories:
There is NO jail associated with a Minor Misdemeanor. Maximum fine is $150.00.
4th Degree Misdemeanor:
Conviction of a Fourth Degree Misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of up to 30 days and fines up to $250.00.
3rd Degree Misdemeanor:
Conviction of a Third Degree Misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of up to 60 days and fines up to $500.00.
2nd Degree Misdemeanor:
Conviction of a Second Degree Misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of up to 90 days and fines up to $750.00.
1st Degree Misdemeanor:
Conviction of a First Degree Misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of up to 180 days (six months) and fines up to $1,000.00.
Contact Criminal Lawyer Robert Stiefvater to discuss the range of penalties if convicted of an Unclassified Misdemeanor.
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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:
Trust Attorney Stiefvater to defend you against any of the following criminal charges:
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 traffic
Assured Clear Distance, Child Restraint Violation, Driving in Marked Lanes, Driving without a License, Driving with a Suspended License, Driving without Registration, Driving with Expired Registration, Driving Under Suspension (DUS), Drunk Driving-DUI-OVI-DWI, Failure to Control, Failure to Yield, Illegal U-Turn, Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit-Skip or Hit and Run), Mechanical Violations (Equipment Violations), Reckless Driving (Reckless Operation), Running a Red Light, Running a Stop Sign, Seat Belt Violation, Speeding, Unlawful Vehicle Modifications, and Wrongful Entrustment.