Facing Misdemeanor charges in Cleveland?

Are you facing a misdemeanor charge in Cleveland? Don’t let it ruin your life.

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What Is a Misdemeanor in Ohio?

In Ohio, crimes are categorized as misdemeanor or felony. Crimes that result in serious physical or financial harm to others—such as murder, assault and battery, robbery, or rape—are generally considered felonies and often carry stiffer financial penalties as well as longer periods of incarceration.

Misdemeanor crimes generally are considered to be less harmful to others than felonies are. However, being convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes like domestic violence crimes or drug possession, can prevent you from having certain freedoms, such as the ability to purchase firearms.

Other misdemeanor convictions for crimes such as reckless driving can remain on your driving record for years and prevent you from obtaining a CDL or getting hired for a job requiring you to drive as part of your employment.

Ohio Misdemeanor Classifications & Penalties

In Ohio, there are five misdemeanors, with first-degree misdemeanors providing the most serious consequences.

The classes and consequences of misdemeanors in Ohio are as follows:

  • First degree — punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines
  • Second degree — punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to $750 in fines
  • Third degree — punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500
  • Fourth degree — punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of as much as $250
  • Minor misdemeanors — no jail time, but a fine of up to $150

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Having a criminal background can cause your life to be negatively impacted in several ways. A conviction of a misdemeanor can impact your freedom as well as your finances, through incarceration, required probation, and court fines and fees. It can also make it difficult for you to find a job or secure housing, as potential employers and landlords also have access to criminal background checks.

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Facing misdemeanor charges? Worried about what the criminal process will look like? If you are unsure of what to do next and need help navigating Ohio’s laws, contact The Botnick Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.

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Process step-by-step

  • 01.
    Initial Arrest

    01. Initial Arrest

    The process to charge someone that’s been accused of a crime begins with an arrest. If the police have reason to believe that someone has committed a crime, the accused can be taken into custody. Police will usually start by asking basic questions like name and address to identify a person, and then they’ll often pivot to more specific questions related to the incident. At some point during this, you should have been read your “Miranda warnings.”

  • 02.
    Reading Your Rights

    02. Reading Your Rights

    You have the right to remain silent to avoid disclosing evidence that could potentially be self-incriminating, as well as the right to an attorney to defend you in court. Those are your unwavering rights that must be recited upon taking someone into custody. Take note of when these rights are read to you, as it could be helpful information for your attorney.

  • 03.

    03. Booking

    When you’ve been taken down to the station, police will fingerprint you and get your photograph to update their records. Once this is done, you should be granted the opportunity to contact your criminal defense lawyer. If you don’t have a lawyer, get a loved one to book a consultation with a lawyer on your behalf. It’s important that you do NOT disclose any details about your case over the phone with your loved ones, as those calls are monitored.

  • 04.

    04. Investigation

    After you’ve made it through the booking process, the police may begin conducting their investigation with you. Depending on the situation, this might include a personal search, collecting samples, interviewing/interrogating, police lineups, etc.

  • 05.
    Court Appearance

    05. Court Appearance

    You’ll be held at the station until you can be brought before a judge. The initial court appearance will happen within 48 hours or less of the arrest. Here, the judge will review the case and decide if there’s any reason to keep you in holding or if bail can be granted. If bail is granted, you’re allowed to be released upon certain conditions.

  • 06.

    06. Hearing

    Depending on the seriousness of your allegations, you may have a preliminary hearing at which a judge can determine whether enough evidence exists to charge you with that level of crime. You’ll be able to plead “guilty” or “not guilty.” If you plead not guilty, your case will be sent to trial. You may get the opportunity to enter a plea deal. That’s something your attorney will advise you on.

  • 07.

    07. Discovery

    In the discovery stage, the case against you is made much more transparent. The prosecutor will share the evidence they have against you with your defense attorney. During this time, your attorney can make additional requests for evidence if need be. All of the evidence on the table will be considered, and your lawyer will work with you to form the best plan for your defense.

  • 08.

    08. Trial

    If a plea deal is unable to be reached, the case will enter trial. During the trial, the prosecutor begins by presenting the case to the jury. They share any evidence they have against you and have witnesses make their statements for the prosecution. This can be tough to sit through. Afterward, it’s your lawyer’s turn to take the stands and share your side of the story. Your lawyer can question the prosecutor’s witnesses and all of the evidence that was used against you. There are many different strategies that your lawyer will use to defend you during the trial.

  • 09.

    09. Sentencing

    In a best-case scenario, you will have been found not guilty by the end of the trial, and the charges against you have been dropped. If you are found guilty, the judge must determine what your sentence/penalties will be. The sentencing will happen at another hearing, usually a few weeks after your trial ends.

Ohio Felony Sentencing

Prison TIme
Maximum Fine
First Degree
3-11 years
Second Degree
2-8 years
Third Degree
9-36 or 12-60 months
Fourth Degree
6-8 months
Fifth Degree
6-12 months

Ohio Misdemeanor Sentencing

Jail Time
Maximum Fine
First Degree
Up to 180 days
Second Degree
Up to 90 days
Third Degree
Up to 60 days
Fourth Degree
Up to 30 days
Minor Misdemeanor

FAQ: Cleveland Misdemeanors

Does a misdemeanor ruin your life?

No, a misdemeanor does not ruin your life. That being said, penalties and repercussions are still involved when someone is convicted of a misdemeanor. To have the best possible outcome in your misdemeanor case, you should reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible once charges have been filed against you.

What is the most common misdemeanor?

Some of the most common misdemeanors in Ohio include:

Do employers ask about misdemeanors?

Whether or not an employer will ask about misdemeanors depends on the employer and the role they are hiring for. Some employers only look at felonies, but some might also look at misdemeanors. Generally, minor misdemeanors (particularly anything non-violent) will not impact job prospects much, but more serious misdemeanors could.

Should I hire a lawyer for criminal charges?

Yes, if you are facing criminal charges, it is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer. You have the right to legal representation. A lawyer can help protect your rights, provide legal advice, and advocate on your behalf in court.

A criminal offense, whether a felony or misdemeanor charge, can have serious consequences, including fines and imprisonment. A lawyer can help ensure that you receive a fair trial and the best possible outcome in your case. It is important to consult with qualified Cleveland criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible after being charged with a crime.

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