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The Difference Between Misdemeanors and Felonies In Ohio

What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Ohio? In most instances, a misdemeanor in Ohio is a crime that is punishable by not more than one hundred eighty days in jail. One cannot be sent to prison on a misdemeanor. Some felonies are punishable by six or more months in prison. All felonies in Ohio are punishable by at least six months in prison. Felonies can be sentenced to local jail time.


Ohio law sets forth the different classes of misdemeanors and their sentencing ranges: a misdemeanor of the first degree is not more than one hundred eighty days in jail; a misdemeanor of the second degree is not more than ninety days in jail; a misdemeanor of the third degree is not more than sixty days in jail; a misdemeanor of the fourth degree is not more than thirty days in jail; and a minor misdemeanor cannot consist of any jail time.

Ohio felony law sets forth the different classes of felonies and the sentencing ranges a court can impose: a felony of the first degree carries three to ten years; a felony of the second degree carries two to eight years; a felony of the third degree carried one to five years; a felony of the fourth degree carries six months to eighteen months; and a felony of the fifth degree carries six to twelve months. Felonies of the third degree are divided into two classifications: for certain offenses, one can receive up to five years in prison; for others, the maximum is three years in prison.

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To learn more, read my other related posts, where I wrote about adult sentences in juvenile cases, factors affecting an agreed sentence, reduction in maximum prison terms for some offenses, ways to avoid going to jail, jail time credit, certificate of qualification for employment, changes to Ohio DUI laws, felony theft, Ohio shoplifting laws, and expunging convictions. I have successfully defended individuals for both misdemeanor and felony offenses, as set forth in the case highlights section.

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Attorney Gigiano is a Medina County misdemeanor attorney in Wadsworth, and Wadsworth felony attorney in Medina County. To learn more about the work Attorney Gigiano has done for his clients, take a look at the Daniel Gigiano Reviews, reviews found in a number of websites, and articles and links to his work. If you have questions about this or other questions you need answered by a Wooster felony attorney near Orrville, Wooster misdemeanor lawyer near Doylestown, Ohio, or a Stark County misdemeanor lawyer near Massillon, please call Attorney Daniel F. Gigiano at 330-336-3330.