This guide is intended to walk you through what will happen if you are arrested for a felony in Hamilton County, beginning with the initial arrest and continuing all the way through the trial.
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Misdemeanor cases move very fast. They are seen by the Municipal Court.
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Attorney Erik Laursen of Laursen & Lucas (laursenlucas.com) walks you through, step by step, what will happen, identifies your rights, and gives a little lawyer-ly advice should you find yourself arrested in Hamilton County, Ohio.
Misdemeanors encompass less serious crimes and carry penalties ranging from a monetary fine to up to 180 days in jail. ORC 2929.24 lists these definite jail terms:
(1) For a misdemeanor of the first degree, not more than one hundred eighty days;
(2) For a misdemeanor of the second degree, not more than ninety days;
(3) For a misdemeanor of the third degree, not more than sixty days;
(4) For a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, not more than thirty days.
ORC 2929.28 lists these fines:
(i) For a misdemeanor of the first degree, not more than one thousand dollars;
(ii) For a misdemeanor of the second degree, not more than seven hundred fifty dollars;
(iii) For a misdemeanor of the third degree, not more than five hundred dollars;
(iv) For a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, not more than two hundred fifty dollars;
(v) For a minor misdemeanor, not more than one hundred fifty dollars.
For full sentencing information, see chapter 2929 of the Ohio Revised Code.