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Misdemeanor Concurrent Sentences Mandatory

When one is sentenced on both a felony and a misdemeanor, the Ohio Supreme Court has determined misdemeanor concurrent sentences mandatory with felony sentences. In a decision entered recently this year, this Ohio Supreme Court resolved conflicting opinions among the lower courts on this issue.  Consecutive sentences are served one right after the other, with no double credit for any of the time served.  Two six month sentences would add up to a year if they ran consecutive to one another.  Concurrent sentences are served at the same time.  Two six month sentences would add up to only six months if they ran concurrent to one another.

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Ohio Legislature Reduces Felony Sentences

The Ohio Legislature reduces felony sentences for a number of offenses.  After years of increasing and imposing mandatory sentences, the Ohio Legislature has pulled back their efforts in order to focus on treatment and rehabilitation and reduce prison crowding.  One convicted of a fourth or fifth degree felony cannot be sent to prison unless certain criteria are met.  The maximum sentence for many third degree felonies have been reduced from five to three years. (more…)