Penalties for Criminal Offenses in Ohio

 
 

The penalty for a criminal offense depends on the degree of the offense and whether the offense is classified as felony or misdemeanor.

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.

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 Penalties

Felony of the first degree (F1)

  • Prison term: 3-11 years

  • Fine: $20,000.00

Felony of the second degree (F2)

  • Prison term: 2-8 years

  • Fine: $15,000.00

Felony of the third degree (F3)

  • Prison term: 9-36 months (12-60 months for specific offenses)

  • Fine: $10,000.00

Felony of the fourth degree (F4)

  • Prison term: 6-18 months

  • Fine: $5,000.00

Felony of the fifth degree (F5)

  • Prison term: 6-12 months

  • Fine: $2,500.00

Misdemeanor Penalties

Misdemeanor of the first degree (M1)

  • Jail term: 6 months (180 days)

  • Fine: $1,000.00

Misdemeanor of the second degree (M2)

  • Jail terms: 90 days

  • Fine: $750.00

Misdemeanor of the third degree (M3)

  • Jail term: 60 days

  • Fine: $500.00

Misdemeanor of the fourth degree (M4)

  • Jail term: 30 days

  • Fine: $250.00

Minor misdemeanor (MM)

  • Jail term: nonjailable

  • Fine: $150.00


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