The state of Ohio categorizes misdemeanors into five classes: first, second, third, and fourth degree, as well as minor misdemeanors. First-degree misdemeanors are considered the most serious class, while minor misdemeanors are the least serious.
For information about felonies, see Ohio Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
Unless a particular Ohio criminal law allows for a specific sentence, each degree of misdemeanor offense has a maximum penalty associated with it.
In addition to incarceration sentences, a court can also order someone convicted of a misdemeanor to pay a fine.
The following list of misdemeanors in each level is only a small sample of all misdemeanors in Ohio.
Even if you are only facing a minor charge, you need to speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area if you are charged with a crime in Ohio. Being convicted of a misdemeanor not only brings with it significant potential penalties, but you may also have difficulty securing future employment, passing a background check, or experience other problems. You need to seek the advice of a lawyer who has represented clients in local Ohio courts and who has experience dealing with area prosecutors and judges.