Ohio felony sentencing laws place most Ohio crimes into five classes. These range from the lowest (fifth degree felony) to the highest (first degree felony). This article will focus on the basic sentencing scheme. This article will not discuss specialized Ohio felony sentencing laws, such as the death penalty, life imprisonment, and mandatory additional prison time. Rape and murder are crimes that fall into such specialized Ohio felony sentencing laws.
Ohio Felony Sentencing Range
The lowest offense is a fifth degree felony, which carries six to twelve months in prison. Next, comes the fourth degree felony, which carries six to eighteen months in prison. Third degree felonies have two tiers. The upper tier carries one to five years in prison. The lower tier carries nine to thirty-six months in prison. Second degree felonies carry two to eight years in prison. Finally, first degree felonies carry three to eleven years in prison.
Ohio Prison Presumption
Unless certain factors apply, Ohio law guides judges against imposing prison time for fourth and fifth degree felonies. There is no presumption for third degree felonies. There is a presumption for imposing prison time for first and second degree felonies.
Ohio Felony Sentencing Chart
|Felony classification||Presumption||Sentencing Range|
|Fifth degree felony||Against prison||6-12 months|
|Fourth degree felony||Against prison||6-18 months|
|Third degree felony-lower||None||9-36 months|
|Third degree felony-higher||None||12-60 months|
|Second degree felony||For prison||2-8 years|
|First degree felony||For prison||3-11 years|
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