Classification of Ohio Misdemeanors
Ohio classifies misdemeanor offenses into five distinct categories: first, second, third and fourth degree, as well as minor misdemeanors. First degree misdemeanor offenses are considered the most serious, with minor misdemeanors being considered the least.
Sentencing Range for Each Category
Each degree of misdemeanor has a maximum penalty associated with it. These are:
- 1st degree misdemeanor – up to 6 months in jail
- 2nd degree misdemeanor – up to 90 days in jail
- 3rd degree misdemeanor – up to 60 days in jail
- 4th degree misdemeanor – up to 30 days in jail
- Minor misdemeanor – no jail sentence
In addition to a potential jail sentence, misdemeanor offenses also carry a potential fine. These are:
- 1st degree misdemeanor – maximum $1000 fine
- 2nd degree misdemeanor – maximum $750 fine
- 3rd degree misdemeanor – maximum $500 fine
- 4th degree misdemeanor – maximum $250 fine
- Minor misdemeanor – maximum $150 fine
However, be aware that certain offenses carry mandatory jail time and different fines. For example, a first DUI/OVI conviction is a 1st degree misdemeanor, but this offense carries a mandatory 3 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1075. Moreover, judges may impose other penalties and requirements, such as attending a remedial driving course, counseling, lengthy terms of probation and license suspensions.
Examples of Misdemeanor Crimes in Each Category
The following lists common examples of misdemeanor offenses by category.
1st Degree Misdemeanor
2nd degree Misdemeanor
3rd Degree Misdemeanor
- Negligent Assault
4th Degree Misdemeanor
- Possession of Marijuana (100-199 grams)
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Criminal Trespass
Columbus and Delaware, Ohio Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, call Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 987-0192. Attorney David Johnson is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will discuss your case, assist you in preparing a strong defense, and vigorously defend you against the charges.