Criminal Defense: Misdemeanors
There are varying classes of misdemeanors as characterized by states across the U.S, with each state providing its own provisions for these crimes. Misdemeanors are divided into different levels according to severity; some offenders can be sent to jail for their deeds, while many others are merely sentenced to pay a small fine.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor crime, contact the office of Attorney Jeffrey G. Edleman in Amherst, Ohio. We handle all misdemeanor cases in all municipal courts in Lorain County. (Lorain, Vermilion, Oberlin, Elyria, Avon Lake). We also handle minor misdemeanor cases in mayor's courts throughout Lorain County. (Sheffield Lake, Avon, North Ridgeville, Grafton, Sheffield Village).
- Common Misdemeanor Crimes are:
- Domestic Violence (Victim is Family or Household Member)
- Simple Assault
- Petty Theft
- Public Indecency
- Underage Consumption of Alcohol
- Criminal Damaging
- Resisting Arrest
- Obstructing Justice
- Disorderly Conduct
- Possession of marijuana
Punishments for each degree of misdemeanor are limited by Ohio law. For a misdemeanor of the first degree, the worst sort, violators are not to serve more than six months in jail or pay more than $1,000 in fines.
A second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $750 fine.
Third-degree misdemeanors cannot be punished with more than 60 days spent in jail or fines exceeding $500.
In Ohio, misdemeanors of the fourth degree are met with a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and a fine not to exceed $250.
For offenders charged with the lowest level of misdemeanor, the punishment cannot include jail time, and the maximum fine is $150.
Jeffrey G. Edleman
Attorney At Law
260 S. Main St., Suite 216
Amherst, OH 44001
T: (440) 823-4077
F: (440) 984-3338