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Criminal Law in Ohio

Criminal law in Ohio can be very complex and require the assistance of a licensed attorney. A criminal conviction can have dire consequences on everyday life. Some occupations require a clean criminal record, and other job opportunities may be limited by the type of criminal conviction. The ability to obtain a firearm in Ohio can also be impacted by a criminal conviction. Criminal charges can stem from alleged violations of municipal laws and ordinances, state laws, and federal laws. There are also varying degrees of criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies but can still result in a jail sentence. A minor misdemeanor is the lowest of charges, carrying no potential jail sentence and a maximum fine of $150.00. Below is a chart of the levels of criminal charges and the potential jail sentences and fines associated with each.

Misdemeanor Chart

Fighting a criminal charge can also be financially burdensome. It is important to make sure that you have qualified representation when facing a possible criminal conviction. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, seek legal representation immediately.