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Even law-abiding citizens can find themselves on the wrong side of the law, whether due to a false accusation, mistaken identity, or simple bad luck. Whatever the situation, being charged with a criminal offense should always be taken seriously, as a conviction can come with harsh penalties including jail time, hefty fines, probation, community service, and restitution. Navigating Ohio’s criminal justice system can be difficult, and with so much at stake, it is critical for defendants to have a thorough understanding of their rights and options. If you have been accused of committing a crime in Ohio, it is important to speak with an experienced Xenia criminal defense lawyer who can help you begin building a defense.

Types of Criminal Offenses

Ohio’s criminal code is extensive, so there are a number of different types of crimes with which a person can be charged, including:

  • Crimes of violence, such as assault or murder;
  • Alcohol-related offenses, such as driving while intoxicated;
  • Sex crimes, such as rape and sexual assault;
  • Crimes against the family, including domestic violence and abuse;
  • Firearms and other weapons-related offenses, such as using a weapon during the commission of a felony;
  • Offenses involving property, including trespassing;
  • Drug offenses, including manufacturing, selling, or transporting controlled substances; and
  • Theft and fraud-related crimes.

Each of these offenses comes with its own set of penalties, some of which are mandatory, even for first-time offenders.

Misdemeanor Offenses

Ohio’s less serious criminal offenses are usually categorized as misdemeanors, which are divided into the following five categories:

  • Minor misdemeanors, which are the least serious type of offense and include crimes, such as disorderly conduct and reckless driving and are usually not accompanied by jail time;
  • Fourth-degree misdemeanors, which include offenses, such as consuming alcohol in a vehicle and public indecency, and come with a jail sentence of up to 30 days;
  • Third-degree misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to two months in jail and include offenses, such as the illegal cultivation of marijuana;
  • Second-degree misdemeanors include the second most serious types of misdemeanor crimes, such as vandalism and theft, and are punishable by up to three months in jail; and
  • First degree misdemeanors, which can come with sentences of up to 180 days in jail and include crimes like domestic violence and driving under the influence.

Certain crimes come with specific minimum sentencing guidelines, in which case, a court could deviate from these categories and assign a defendant a much harsher sentence.

Felony Offenses

Felony charges are usually levied against those with a criminal record and who commit more serious offenses such as robbery, assault, and grand theft. Like their misdemeanor counterparts, felony offenses are divided into five categories, with fifth-degree felonies, such as breaking and entering considered the least serious. First degree felonies, on the other hand, include more serious of crimes such as voluntary manslaughter and come with sentences of up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The most serious offenses, such as murder, are not categorized by degree, but come with specific penalties. Similarly, mandatory prison sentences are also imposed for specific crimes, such as aggravated murder, sexual offenses, and possession of a firearm during a crime.

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