CRIMINAL PENALTIES

CRIMINAL PENALTIES IN OHIO

Adult misdemeanor maximum penalties:

  • 1st degree: 180 days in jail, $1000 fine plus court costs
  • 2nd degree: 90 days in jail, $750 fine plus court costs
  • 3rd degree: 60 days in jail, $500 fine plus court costs
  • 4th degree: 30 days in jail, $250 fine plus court costs
  • Minor: $150 fine plus court costs 

Adult felony maximum penalties:

  • 1st degree: 3-11 years in prison, $20,000 fine plus court costs
  • 2nd degree: 2-8 years in prison, $15,000 fine plus court costs
  • 3rd degree: 9 months-5 years in prison, $10,000 fine plus court costs
  • 4th degree: 6-18 months in prison, $5,000 fine plus court costs
  • 5th degree: 6-12 months in prison, $2,500 fine plus court costs 

Additional considerations:

  • Drug offenses carry a mandatory license suspension of at least 6 months, even if a vehicle was not relevant to the charge
  • OVI, DUS, and some other offenses carry a mandatory minimum of 3 days in jail
  • Judges can order you to attend various treatment programs, classes, restitution to the victim, or other less typical punishments such as writing an apology letter