What Is a Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor in Ohio?


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A fourth-degree misdemeanor in Ohio is the second-lowest criminal offense, according to Nolo. Examples of fourth-degree misdemeanors are disturbing a lawful meeting, failure of five or more people to disperse at the order of an officer or public official, and knowingly selling or donating contaminated blood.

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In Ohio, misdemeanors are classified into five categories, with fifth-degree, or minor, misdemeanors being the least serious and first-degree misdemeanors being the most serious, states Nolo. Punishment for misdemeanors escalates with the severity of the offense. Punishment of a fourth-degree misdemeanor is up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

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