Understanding Criminal Charges In Ohio
At Fox & Fox Co. L.P.A., our attorneys bring decades of experience to each criminal defense case. This includes criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and venues including local, state and federal court.
On this page, you’ll find information on how crimes are classified and what those classifications mean for someone facing charges.
Misdemeanors Vs. Felonies: What’s The Difference?
Both misdemeanors and felonies are criminal charges — as opposed to infractions such as traffic tickets, which can usually be resolved by paying a fine. Although the distinctions vary from state to state, misdemeanors are almost always considered lesser offenses than felonies and therefore come with lighter sentencing guidelines.
In general, a misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. This depends on how it is classified. Here in Ohio, misdemeanors are broken into five levels (or degrees), with a first-degree misdemeanor being considered the most serious.
Common examples of misdemeanors include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Petty theft
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
A felony is considered the most serious class of crimes. With few exceptions, felony fines and prison sentences exceed those for misdemeanors. Like misdemeanors, however, felonies are broken down into five levels, with level one being the most severe.
Examples of felonies include:
- Murder and aggravated murder
- Serious weapons offenses
- Armed robbery
- Aggravated DUI/OVI
- Serious drug offenses
Why You Need A Good Criminal Defense Attorney
No matter what you have been charged with, the potential consequences go beyond fines and jail time. A criminal record can significantly complicate your life and plans, both personally and professionally.
When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that your lawyer is highly experienced and will fight to protect your rights, your freedoms and your reputation. Our goal is to resolve your criminal charges in the most favorable manner available.