Minor misdemeanor include most traffic offenses, such as speeding, turn signal violations, failure to control, failure to yield, marked lane violations, equipment violations, some reckless operation of a motor vehicle (ROMV) offenses, and others. Speeding tickets may be enhanced to higher level misdemeanors with multiple convictions in a year. ROMV offenses can be also be enhanced. Disorderly conduct is an example of a criminal offense which is often charged as a minor misdemeanor. Minor misdemeanor offenses do not carry the possibility of jail and carry a maximum fine of $150.00.
Misdemeanors in Ohio
Misdemeanors (other than minor misdemeanors) are grouped into four classes: 1st Degree (which generally carry up to $1000 fine and up to 180 days in jail, 2nd Degree (which generally carry up to a $750 and up to 90 days in jail, 3rd Degree (which carry up to a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail, and 4th Degree (which carry up to a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Criminal offenses which most commonly are charged as misdemeanors include domestic violence, assault, menacing, trespassing, resisting arrest, falsification, drug paraphernalia, theft, criminal tools, unauthorized use of property, bad checks, obstructing official business, and disorderly conduct. Many offenses which would otherwise be misdemeanors are enhanceable to felonies under certain circumstances.
Some serious driving offenses are also classified as misdemeanors (other than minor misdemeanors) include: driving under suspension, DUI, Hit/ Skip, Reckless Operation, and others.
Felonies in Ohio
Felonies represent the most serious criminal and traffic violations in the state of Ohio. Felonies are generally grouped in five classes: 1st Degree (which carry 3 to 10 years in prison), 2nd Degree (carry 2 to 8 years), 3rd Degree (carry 1 to 5 years), 4th Degree (carry 6 months to 18 months), and 5th Degree (carry 6 months to 12 months). Numerous exceptions exist to these ranges. Many of the offenses classified as felonies also carry the potential for probation. Speak to an attorney today to better understand the possible consequences to a particular criminal or traffic charge.
Some common felonies include: Possession of Drugs, Trafficking in Drugs, Theft, Felonious Assault, Aggravated Assault, Fraud, Rape, Murder, Manslaughter, Gross Sexual Imposition, Illegal Use of Minor in a Nudity Oriented Material, Kidnapping, Abduction, Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Criminal Tools, Arson, and Domestic Violence.