Felonies carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors. Ohio classifies felony offenses into five categories: first, second, third, fourth, and fifth degree felonies. Below you will find information about the various levels of felonies. If you are facing felony charges, contact us today.
Breaking and entering would be an example of a fifth degree felony. A fifth degree felony carries a prison sentence range of 6 to 12 months. In addition to, or separate from, a prison sentence, a person convicted of a fifth degree felony could be forced to pay fine up to $2500.
A fourth degree felony conviction could be forced to pay fine up to $5000. In addition they could be facing sentence ranging from 6 to 18 months. Grand theft of a motor vehicle would be an example of a fourth degree felony charge.
Robbery is often a third degree felony. If you facing a third degree felony charges, you are facing a fine of up to $10,000 and a potential prison sentence of 9 months to 5 years.
A second degree felony carries a prison sentence of 2 to 8 years if convicted. In addition a defendant can be fine up to $10,000. Felonious assault is an example of a second degree felony
You don’t want to be charged with a first degree felony. If you are charged with a first degree felony, you will be facing 3 to 11 years in prison. In addition you would be fined up to $20,000. Rape is an example of a first degree felony.
Unclassified felonies are the most serious type of felonies in Ohio. Unclassified felonies do not fall into a traditional category. Unclassified felonies include murder and aggregated murder. A person convicted of murder is facing possible sentence ranges from 15 years in prison to life in prison without parole. For a person convicted of aggravated murder, the potential penalty ranges from death to life with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
If you’re charged with a felony, you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney immediately. Wolfe Legal Services has 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and will fight for you in your felony case.