Municipal courts and misdemeanors can encompass a wide range of crimes, and while generally considered less egregious than felonies are still extremely serious. Misdemeanors include crimes from disorderly conduct to domestic violence, assault, and theft of less than $1000.00.
Misdemeanors of the first degree can carry up to 6 months in jail, and $1000 in fines. A misdemeanor of the first degree also carries the possibility of probation of up to 5 years. These are the most serious crimes prosecuted in municipal court and must be taken very seriously with the assistance of a qualified attorney.
Misdemeanors of the second degree are likewise extremely serious and require the assistance of an attorney. These crimes carry up to 90 days in jail and up to $750.00 in fines. These offenses also carry up to 5 years of probation.
Misdemeanors of the third degree are serious misdemeanors, and carry the possibility of up to 60 days of jail time and up to $500.00 in fines. You would unwise to tackle a misdemeanor of the third degree on a pro bono basis. Again, these crimes carry up to 5 years of probation.
Misdemeanors of the fourth degree are the lowest level of crimes carrying the possibility of jail time. These crimes carry the possibility of 30 days in jail and up to $250.00 in fines. They also carry up to 5 years of probation.
Minor misdemeanors are the lowest level of crimes one can be charged with in Ohio, but still should be taken very seriously. These crimes do not initially carry jail time: only fines up to $150.00. However, these crimes are extremely tricky and can cause your driver's license to be suspended. If you fail to pay your costs and fines - you can cause these crimes to start carrying jail time, as the result of contempt of court actions.
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In municipal court, CORRIGAN LAW OHIO handles all misdemeanor crimes, including but not limited to: