Felony Offenses

Felony Offenses

In Ohio, crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is generally a less serious crime, with less serious (but still burdensome) penalties. A felony is much more serious, with proportionally greater penalties. Both misdemeanor and felony convictions become part of your permanent record.

When you are facing a felony charge, it is critical that you hire an experienced, aggressive lawyer to represent you. The attorneys at Malarcik Pierce Munyer Will have successfully defended hundreds of clients, saving them the embarrassment, expense and lifelong burden of a criminal conviction.

What Kinds of Crimes Are Felonies?

Ohio law classifies most felonies by “degree.” The most serious are First Degree Felonies. The least serious are Fifth Degree Felonies. There are also “unclassified” felonies. Felony charges may be brought in State or Federal Court, depending on the facts and circumstances. Some examples of common felony charges in Ohio:


Aggravated Murder

1st Degree:

Voluntary Manslaughter

2nd Degree:

Soliciting Prostitution After a Positive HIV Test
Illegally Manufacturing Explosives

3rd Degree:

Reckless Homicide
Domestic Violence

4th Degree:

Unlawful Sexual Conduct with A Minor
Grand Theft of an Automobile

5th Degree:

Breaking and Entering
Drug Sales

What Are the Penalties for Felony Convictions?

If you are convicted of a felony in Ohio, your sentence will normally include both jail time and a fine. Courts are given a range of penalties that will be imposed at the higher or lower end, depending on the facts. Prison sentences can range from 6 months up to life without parole or even the death penalty. Fines can be as high as $25,000.

A felony conviction will change your life forever. In addition to the sentence imposed by the court, a felony conviction can prevent you from owning or possessing a gun. It will limit your employment, your voting, and may cause you to lose your professional license (nursing, commercial driver, etc.). It may also affect where you may live once you are released from prison.

Avoid conviction by hiring an aggressive, experienced attorney right away.

At Malarcik Pierce Munyer Will we fight hard for our clients. We use all of our skill and experience to defend you by

  • seeking dismissal whenever feasible;
  • negotiating the best plea agreement possible;
  • requiring the State to meet its burden of proving all of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Call the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Malarcik Pierce Munyer Will Today

Being charged with a felony is a very serious matter: it can affect your future employment, your family life, your finances, and your freedom.

The court process moves quickly, and the sooner you have a criminal defense lawyer working for you, the more likely you will have a good result.

Call us today: (330) 253-0785.

Our offices are located in downtown Akron, at 54 East Mill Street Suite 400. We serve clients in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas.