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Strong, Effective Defense Against Misdemeanor Charges

Although misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies, a misdemeanor is nevertheless a criminal offense that can lead to severe consequences. Therefore, these charges should not be ignored – and they need to be challenged to achieve the best possible outcome.

At DeBra Law, LLC, we deliver big-firm results at a small-firm price. Ohio criminal attorney Ryan DeBra has extensive experience fighting misdemeanors for people in Cincinnatti and across Clermon, Hamilton and Warren counties. He is equipped with the necessary knowledge of Ohio criminal law and trial skills to help you navigate this difficult time – and put this matter behind you as soon as possible.

Penalties For Misdemeanors In Ohio

The penalties for a misdemeanor conviction are unique to each case and dependent upon the nature and severity of the crime. Maximum penalties for misdemeanor convictions include one year in a local jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Misdemeanors and the associated penalties are categorized into five levels:

Minor (MM)

A minor misdemeanor is the least significant, in terms of the penalties you will face. They can include fines of up to $150, but no possible jail sentence.

Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor (M4)

A misdemeanor of the fourth degree is punishable by fines of up to $250 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days. Acts of public indecency, consumption of alcohol in a vehicle and second traffic convictions within one year are often fourth-degree misdemeanors.

Third-Degree Misdemeanor (M3)

An M3 misdemeanor can be punished by fines of up to $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 60 days. An example of a misdemeanor in the third degree is negligent assault.

Second-Degree Misdemeanor (M2)

A misdemeanor in the second degree is punishable by fines of up to $750 and a maximum jail sentence of 90 days. Second-degree misdemeanors often involve crimes against property, including vandalism and theft.

First-Degree Misdemeanor (M1)

First-degree misdemeanors face the most severe punishment, which can include fines of up to $1,000 and a maximum jail sentence of 180 days. Assault, domestic violence, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license are often considered misdemeanors of the first degree.

There are several other possible penalties that a judge could assign in addition to or in place of the punishments mentioned above. Such consequences could include probation, house arrest, community service, revocation of driving privileges and professional licenses, or mandatory participation in a counseling or treatment program.

Will A Misdemeanor Go On A Criminal Record?

Since a misdemeanor is a crime, a conviction will be part of your criminal record. In most cases, a misdemeanor stays on someone’s record for the remainder of their life. An exception to this is when a person successfully petitions the court for the misdemeanor to be expunged from his or her record.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

If you have been charged with any misdemeanor offense, it is crucial to hire an experienced Cincinnati criminal attorney as soon as possible. When you turn to DeBra Law, LLC, we can help you develop an effective defense of your rights and freedom. Please call us at 513-548-5920 or complete our contact form to arrange a free, confidential consultation.