The State of Ohio has categorized the majority of criminal and traffic offenses as either misdemeanor or felony charges. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies. However, certain misdemeanors can still carry up to six (6) months in jail as well as fines exceeding $1,000.00. If you have been arrested or issued a ticket, you should consult with an attorney who can advise you of the possible penalties and defenses to your case.
Many criminal charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, theft is a misdemeanor if the value of goods or services alleged to have been stolen is under $1,000.00. If the value of the goods or services is alleged to be or exceeds $1,000.00, then theft is classified as a felony. The degree of felony is also determined on a separate set of facts and circumstances.