Managing Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanor charges in Ohio are not the life-altering situations that involve extensive jail time or worse. Nevertheless, it is a mistake to take these lesser criminal charges lightly. There is still the possibility of jail time, yet the greater issue is often how these charges can affect your future and freedom. Misdemeanors will often lead to a fine, but can lead to substantially higher penalties if you face the same charge a second time.
Based in Cincinnati, the law firm of Arenstein & Gallagher specializes in all types of criminal defense law. While our attorneys aggressively fight for the rights of all our clients, we understand why it is important to defend yourself against relatively modest indiscretions. Sometimes fighting charges can also be about reputation in the community, professional standing or ability to secure employment or educational opportunities.
Common Misdemeanor Charges
Sometimes these charges are for honest mistakes or even matters beyond your control:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Petty theft or shoplifting
- Disorderly conduct
- Driving through stop signs
- Assault, battery or public fighting
- Drug possession or possession of drug paraphernalia
- Underage drinking
These Charges Still Have Penalties
Like felonies, misdemeanors in Ohio are categorized into five levels. These range from 1st degree with a maximum of 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine to minor misdemeanor that includes $150 penalty. Jail sentences are also served in the county jail rather than state prison. Judges may also determine other penalties they deem an appropriate alternative to conventional sentencing.