If this a minor menacing charge what are the results or consequenceas
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Menacing means that you made statements or took actions that made other people have a reasonable fear that you would cause them harm.
If you can show that you were assaulted immediately before the alleged menacing conduct, you may have a "affirmative defense" of self-defense. This type of defense depends greatly on the facts and circumstances during the alleged incident.
You should have a criminal defense attorney review any potential defenses as a menacing conviction is considered a crime of violence and it could adversely affect your future in a variety of negative ways.
In Ohio, Menacing is an offense (RC 2903.22) which alleges that an individual knowingly causes another to believe that the individual is going to cause physical harm to the person, their property, or a member of their family. Under the Revised Code, Menacing is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree which carries potential penalties of up to 30 days in jail, $250 fine, and/or up to 3 years of community control sanctions.
Keep in mind, however, many cities have local ordinances which may have different -- or even increased -- penalties than the Revised Code.
Given the circumstances, it is advisable to discuss this matter with an attorney. If you're unable to afford one, request the Court to appoint one for you.
Scott Kuboff, Esq. is providing this information solely for the purpose of educating the reader of the availability of legal representation and of potential penalties for various offenses. In no way should this be construed as an evaluation of or legal advice about your particular case. Scott Kuboff, Esq. do not have any information regarding the facts of your case. If you wish to obtain legal advice, please contact an attorney.