What are my chances of getting jail time for a first offense, fourth degree misdemeanor in Ohio?

The charge is trespassing. It is my first offense. I have no prior
criminal record. I am still in high school. I am only 18.

Asked on March 25, 2017 under Criminal Law, Ohio


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In Ohio, a fourth degree misdemeanor will go on your record.
The maximum penalty for criminal trespass fourth degree misdemeanor is up to thirty days in jail and a $250 fine.
It should be emphasized that this is the maximum penalty which means the judge could give you a lesser sentence and a lower fine.  Since this is your first offense and you have no prior criminal record, there is a strong possibility that you might just get a fine and no jail time.  Again, since it is your first offense, the fine might be less than the maximum of $250.

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