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In Ohio, Misdemeanor level charges are the most commonly charged, and can have significant and long lasting effects. With the penalties as life-altering as they are, it is critical that you obtain an intelligent and strong criminal defense advocate to fight for your freedom. In the American justice system, the prosecutor has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime you are charged with. Toledo Criminal Defense Attorney Dennis E. Sawan can thoroughly investigate a matter in order to cast severe doubt about the allegations. If you or a loved one have been charged with a misdemeanor in the State of Ohio, call Toledo Criminal Defense Attorney Dennis E. Sawan today.


This document outlines the various penalties authorized by statute as punishment for the conviction of misdemeanor offenses in Ohio. Misdemeanors range in severity from minor misdemeanors to first-degree misdemeanors. The penalties for a conviction of these offenses are as follows:


      Offense Level                      Maximum Jail Time                      Maximum Fine

1st Degree Misdemeanor

180 Days


2nd Degree Misdemeanor

90 Days


3rd Degree Misdemeanor

60 Days


4th Degree Misdemeanor

30 Days


Minor Misdemeanor



 *DUI, SOL and drug offenses hold mandatory and/or minimum sentence provisions

* Nearly every drug offense in Ohio carries a mandatory license suspension ranging from 6 months to 3 years

This form is not intended to be legal advice and is provided strictly for informational purposes. If you have a question regarding a legal matter, please call Dennis E. Sawan, Esq. at 419-900-0955 or consult with your attorney.


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