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Columbus, Ohio Sex Crimes Lawyer

There are a number of sex offenses in Ohio. A number of factors contribute to the classification of the sex offense and the potential penalties. If you are convicted of a sex offense, you may be required to register as a sex offender. Sex offenders fall into a 3 tier system.  

Examples of Tier 1 sex offenses include but are not limited to sexual imposition, importuning, voyeurism, promoting prostitution, and pandering obscenity. For tier 1 offenses, you must register every year for 15 years, or 10 years, if you were a minor when convicted. Community notification is not required.

Examples of Tier 2 sex offenses include but are not limited to compelling prostitution, pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person, and gross sexual imposition. For tier 2 offenses, you must register every 180 days for 25 years, or 20 years, if you were a minor when convicted. Community notification is not required.

Examples of Tier 3 sex offenses include but are not limited to rape, sexual battery, and gross sexual imposition. For tier 3 offenses, you must register every 90 days for life, and community notification is required.

Sentencing Guidelines


When it comes to criminal cases in Columbus, in federal court, The United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines apply to those convicted of felonies and Class A misdemeanors. The guidelines determine sentences based on two factors: the conduct associated with the offense and the defendant’s criminal history.

There are 43 offense levels and six criminal history categories. There are four sentencing zones that determine incarceration length. The offense level and the criminal history category will determine which zone your matter will fall in.

There can be modifications to this which are called adjustments, and further, during sentencing, there can be departures, meaning deviations upward or downward from the guidelines depending on a number of circumstances. 

Federal law is multifaceted, and being found guilty under federal law typically involves strict punishments and long prison terms. If you’re facing federal charges, it’s critical that you hire a criminal defense lawyer with considerable experience in navigating the federal system.


Ohio classifies Misdemeanors into 5 levels: M1, M2, M3, M4, and MM.  M1 is the most serious and MM (Minor misdemeanor) is the least serious. Felony offenses call into 5 levels as well: F1, F2, F3, F4, and F5. First-degree felonies are the most serious category, while fifth-degree felonies are the least serious. With both misdemeanors and felonies, there are numerous factors that can determine a sentence.  

Felony Level    Prison Time   Maximum Fine


3-11 years



2-8 years



12-60 months** or

9-36 months



6-18 months



6-12 months


**Longer sentence range applies to aggravated vehicular homicide and assaults, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, sex with a minor, and robbery and burglary with two or more separate aggravated or non-aggravated robberies or burglaries as well as certain F-3 drug offenses

Misdemeanor Level                  Jail Time    Maximum Fine


Up to 180 days



Up to 90 days



Up to 60 days



Up to 30 days





The sentencing guidelines in Ohio are complex and subject to many different factors. If you are facing any sentence in the Ohio legal system, a Columbus criminal defense attorney at Jay Perez Law has the requisite experience, passion, and insight to help you minimize your sentence to the greatest extent possible.

A Columbus Sex Crimes Attorney Can Help You With Your Case

If you’ve been arrested, make sure your first call is to reach out to Jay Perez Law. It’s imperative that you gain quality representation and a strong legal advocate as early as possible. Acting without delay places you in the best position to reach a favorable outcome.

Attorney Jay Perez has years of experience handling criminal defense cases and the positive case results to prove his efficacy. Contact us 24/7 to schedule your consultation.