Criminal Sentencing in Ohio
Kyle J. Bristow, Copyright© 2012
In Ohio, there are three versions of murder, five degrees of felonies and five degrees of misdemeanors. Although the possible punishments for some crimes deviate from these rules, the maximum punishments for most offenses are as follows (from most serious to least serious):
Some offenses, such as operating a vehicle while intoxicated and certain sex offenses, may carry mandatory jail or prison sentences. Also, there may be aggravating factors that may permit lengthier prison sentences beyond what is listed above.
Also, there are other ramifications for being convicted of crimes. For example, a person convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors—such as domestic violence or drug offenses—will be prevented from ever possessing a firearm. If one is convicted of a drug offense, then one would be ineligible for federal student loan aid. Other collateral consequences of a criminal conviction include: job loss and rejection by potential employers, denial of professional licenses (i.e., law, medical, or nurse), child custody problems, housing and rental application difficulty, increased insurance premiums, possible civil liability to the victims, and much more.
It is advisable to hire a criminal defense attorney at the earliest time as possible when one is being investigated or prosecuted for a criminal offense. Procedural and constitutional rights can be waived unintentionally by the uninformed pro se defendant.
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