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Ohio Sentencing Guide: Ohio Sentencing

This guide provides information about both Ohio and federal sentencing laws.

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This guide is intended to provide basic information about the sentencing law in Ohio.

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Sentencing statutes - Murder and Other Felonies

Ohio's sentencing statutes can generally be found in O.R.C. Chapter 2929, although some are found in other areas of the Revised Code. Some statutes specific to sentencing for various topics include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Aggravated Murder:

Murder

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

Sexually Violent Predator Sentencing

Other Felonies

The statute that describes the crime also generally provides the degree of the felony. Penalties for crimes differ based on the degree. These are 1st through 5th degrees, with the more serious offenses classified by the lower number (e.g. 1st degree felony is the most serious, carrying the highest possible penalties).

Some potentially useful resources for determining what sentencing statutes apply:

  • The statute for the crime charged, which may list the degree of the felony.
  • Sentencing provisions in the Ohio Revised Code, including but not necessarily limited to:
  • Other potentially useful statutes include the following, which provide considerations for the court when sentencing a defendant:

Sentencing Statutes - Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors

As with felonies, the criminal statute also provides the degree of the misdemeanor,ranging from 1st through 5th, with 1st degree misdemeanors being the most serious and carrying the highest possible penalties. 

Some potentially useful resources for determining what sentencing statutes apply:

  • The statute for the crime charged, which may list the degree.
  • Sentencing provisions in the Revised Code, including but not necessarily limited to:
  • Other potentially useful statutes include the following, which provide factors for the court to consider when sentencing a defendant:

General Sentencing Statutes and Rules

The Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure provide rules for sentencing at:

Ohio Criminal Rule 32

ORC Chapter 2929 contains multiple other sentencing statutes that apply either generally or in specific circumstances. These include, but are not limited to:

O.R.C. 2929.01 - Penalties and Sentencing General Definitions

O.R.C. 2929.34 - Where imprisonment to be served

O.R.C. 2929.41 - Concurrent and Consecutive Sentences

Fines, fees and costs

O.R.C. 2929.31 - Fines for Organizations by Degree of Offense

O.R.C. 2929.32 - Additional Fines for Certain Offenses

O.R.C. 2929.36 - Confinement Costs Definitions

O.R.C. 2929.37 - Confinement Cost Policy

O.R.C. 2929.38 - Reception and Other Fees

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