Violent Crimes

If you have been arrested, indicted or charged with a violent crime in Ohio, the first suggestion is that you stay silent until you can speak with an experienced violent crime defense attorney. Utilizing your right to remain silent protects you from self-incrimination, and allows for the best possible defense. Soroka & Associates, LLC, is composed of experienced violent crime defense attorneys. Our Columbus attorneys will fight to protect you and your rights when facing this difficult situation.

In the state of Ohio, violent crimes carry serious penalties, and in certain cases can lead to life sentences and even death.
Penalties for typical violent crimes can be the following:

  • Misdemeanor: 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000
  • Felony of the fifth degree: Up to one year in prison and fines up to $2,500
  • Felony of the fourth degree: Up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $5,000
  • Felony of the third degree: Up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000
  • Felony of the second degree: Up to eight years in prison and fines up to $15,000
  • Felony of the first degree: Up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $20,000

The following are violent crimes in Ohio:

  • Kidnapping — Ohio Rev. Code § 2905.01:
    • Kidnapping occurs when a person, through force, threat or deception, or by any means if the victim is under 13 or mentally incompetent, restrains the liberty of another person in order to:
      • Hold the person for ransom, or as a shield or hostage;
      • Commit any felony;
      • Terrorize or inflict serious physical harm on the victim or another person;
      • Engage in sexual activity with the victim against their will;
      • Obstruct a governmental functional; or
      • Keep in involuntary servitude.
  • Assault — Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.13:
    • Assault occurs when a person knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical harm, or serious physical harm, to another person or a person's unborn child.
  • Arson — Ohio Rev. Code § 2909.03:
    • Arson occurs when a person by means of fire or explosion knowingly:
      • Causes, or creates a substantial risk of, physical harm to any property of another without the other person's consent;
      • Causes, or creates a substantial risk of, physical harm to any property of the offender or another, with purpose to defraud;
      • Causes, or creates a substantial risk of, physical harm to the statehouse or a courthouse, school building, or other building or structure that is owned or controlled by the state, any political subdivision, or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the state or a political subdivision, and that is used for public purposes;
      • Causes, or creates a substantial risk of, physical harm, through the offer or the acceptance of an agreement for hire or other consideration, to any property of another without the other person's consent or to any property of the offender or another with purpose to defraud;
      • Causes, or creates a substantial risk of, physical harm to any park, preserve, wildlands, brush-covered land, cut-over land, forest, timberland, greenlands, woods, or similar real property that is owned or controlled by another person, the state, or a political subdivision without the consent of the other person, the state, or the political subdivision;
      • With purpose to defraud, cause, or create a substantial risk of, physical harm to any park, preserve, wildlands, brush-covered land, cut-over land, forest, timberland, greenlands, woods, or similar real property that is owned or controlled by the offender, another person, the state, or a political subdivision.
  • Voluntary Manslaughter — Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.03:
    • Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person knowingly cause the death of another person or the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy by:
      • Heat of passion or rage, or
      • Serious provocation by the victim.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter — Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.04:
    • Involuntary manslaughter occurs if a person causes the death of another or unlawfully terminates the pregnancy of another by:
      • Committing or attempting to commit a felony, or
      • Attempting to commit or committing a misdemeanor or other regulatory offense.
  • Murder — Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.02:
    • Murder occurs when a person:
      • purposefully causes the death of another person or unlawfully terminates another person's pregnancy; or
      • Causes the death of another person from the commission of a first- or second-degree felony.
  • Aggravated Murder — Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.01:
    • Murder occurs when a person:
      • Purposefully, with prior calculation or design, causes the death of another person or unlawfully terminates another person's pregnancy;
      • Causes the death of another person or the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy while committing or attempting to commit, or while fleeing immediately after committing or attempting to commit, kidnapping, rape, aggravated arson, arson, aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary, trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, terrorism, or escape;
      • Purposely causes the death of another who is under 13 years of age;
      • Who is under detention for a felony, breaks out of detention, and causes the death of another;
      • Purposely causes the death of a law enforcement officer
  • Burglary — Ohio Rev. Code § 2911.12:
    • Burglary occurs when a person with the use of force or deception:
      • Trespasses in an occupied structure or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure;
      • Trespasses in an occupied structure or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation of any person;
      • Trespasses in an occupied structure or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure, with purpose to commit in the structure or separately secured or separately occupied portion of the structure any criminal offense.
  • Robbery — Ohio Rev. Code § 2911.02:
    • Robbery occurs when a person in attempting or committing a theft offense or in fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense:
      • Have a deadly weapon on or about the offender's person or under the offender's control;
      • Inflict, attempt to inflict, or threaten to inflict physical harm on another;
      • Use or threaten the immediate use of force against another.