The penalty for a criminal offense depends on the degree of the offense and whether the offense is classified as felony or misdemeanor.
A felony offense is one that carries possible incarceration in the Ohio state prison system, known as the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Depending on the degree of felony, a prison term for a felony offense can range from 6 months to life. For one crime, Aggravated Murder, the maximum possible penalty is death.
A misdemeanor offense is one that carries possible incarceration in local institutions such as county jails and city jails. Depending on the degree of misdemeanor, a jail term for a misdemeanor offense typically cannot exceed 6 months.
Although most criminal offenses, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors, can be classified by a particular degree, some criminal offenses carry mandatory penalties, which require a judge to impose a specific fine, term of incarceration, or other condition.
Felony of the first degree (F1)
Prison term: 3-11 years
Felony of the second degree (F2)
Prison term: 2-8 years
Felony of the third degree (F3)
Prison term: 9-36 months (12-60 months for specific offenses)
Felony of the fourth degree (F4)
Prison term: 6-18 months
Felony of the fifth degree (F5)
Prison term: 6-12 months
Misdemeanor of the first degree (M1)
Jail term: 6 months (180 days)
Misdemeanor of the second degree (M2)
Jail terms: 90 days
Misdemeanor of the third degree (M3)
Jail term: 60 days
Misdemeanor of the fourth degree (M4)
Jail term: 30 days
Minor misdemeanor (MM)
Jail term: nonjailable
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