Giulitto Law Office located in Ravenna, Ohio has an experienced criminal defense lawyer handling misdemeanor criminal cases in the Ravenna Municipal Court and the Kent Municipal Court.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor in Portage County, Ohio, including Kent and Ravenna, you need an experienced competent attorney. Contact criminal defense lawyer Michael Giulitto today to discuss your case. Michael Giulitto has been defending criminal defendants charged with misdemeanors in Portage County, Ohio for over twenty years. He has vast experience in handling misdemeanor cases in the Ravenna Municipal Court and the Kent Municipal Court.
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes under Ohio law. While misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, they are still carry serious consequences if convicted. The consequences of being convicted of a misdemeanor is as follows:
|1st Degree misdemeanor||Punishable up to 180 days in jail||Maximum $1,000.00 fine|
|2nd Degree misdemeanor||Punishable up to 90 days in jail||Maximum $750.00 fine|
|3rd Degree misdemeanor||Punishable up to 60 days in jail||Maximum $500.00 fine|
|4th Degree Misdemeanor||Punishable up to 30 days in jail||Maximum $250.00 fine|
|Minor Misdemeanor||No jail time||Maximum $150.00 fine|
In addition to the penalties described above, a misdemeanor criminal conviction can lead to other consequences, such as trouble getting a job, trouble obtaining licensing for a job or getting into college.
It is important to get an experienced criminal defense early in the case for the best possible result. Your initial appearance is an arraignment. At that hearing, the court will take a plea. It is advisable to pled not guilty at this stage. If you are incarcerated, the court will set a bond. A good attorney can persuade the court to set a reasonable bond.
The court then will conduct a pretrial conference. At that time, the prosecutor and defense lawyer exchange information about the case. The state is required to provide to the defense all of the evidence it intends to use to prove guilt.
If the case cannot be resolved at a pretrial, a trial will be set. This is a contested proceeding where the state must prove the defendant committed the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial can be held in front of a jury or a judge. The judge or jury will decide whether the state has proved their case.
At every stage of the case important decisions must be made. Attorney Michael Giulitto has been assisting individuals charged with misdemeanors in Portage County for over 20 years. Contact our office today for a consultation.