If you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor crime, you need a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney to represent your best interests and to protect your legal rights. The defense attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. will work tirelessly to make the legal process as seamless as possible. Ohio criminal law is complex, so having a strong and experienced criminal lawyer in your corner is always your best bet.
FELONY VS. MISDEMEANOR
Crimes are divided into two separate groups, based on their respective punishments. In Ohio, the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor crime is six months imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine. A felony is far more severe and can result in imprisonment in the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. In some states, there are crimes where the punishment could go either way depending on the discretion of the prosecutor. Additionally, there are crimes that only result in a fine. These are called infractions. Of course, the judge has the right to re-classify a particular crime if he feels the severity of the punishment is out of balance with the crime committed.
The classification between an Ohio felony crime or an Ohio misdemeanor crime directly affects the amount of time between the charge and the trial. For example:
- Minor misdemeanor – 30 days
- 3rd or 4th degree misdemeanor – 45 days
- 1st or 2nd degree misdemeanor – 90 days
- Felony – 275 days
Ohio criminal law entitles you to a jury trial for both felony and misdemeanor offenses, so be sure to retain a qualified Ohio criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible.
Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. is a seasoned Ohio criminal defense law firm that will aggressively fight for your legal rights and thoroughly explain the Ohio criminal law process. We welcome the opportunity to hear the specifics of your criminal case and help you weigh your best-interest options.
REACH OUT TO A COLUMBUS CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
When you have been charged with a crime, retaining a skilled criminal defense lawyer from the very beginning is vital to your case. Call an experienced Columbus criminal attorney at Yavitch & Palmer. Reach us by phone at 614-224-6142 or just click here to arrange an appointment to discuss the protection of your rights and the preservation of your freedom.