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Dayton Arrests

An arrest for a first-time, misdemeanor or felony offense in Dayton can result in serious repercussions and consequences if the alleged offender is convicted of the offense. A conviction for a criminal offense in Ohio can result in any of the following penalties:

  • A criminal record
  • Lengthy jail or prison sentences
  • Steep fines
  • Community service
  • Driver’s license suspensions
  • Ineligibility to apply for certain educational or graduate school programs
  • Ineligibility to pursue certain jobs, professions or careers
  • Probation
  • Restitution
  • Ineligibility to own or possess a firearm, if convicted of a felony
  • Ineligibility to vote or hold public office, if convicted of a felony

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Dayton, it is important to know you do not necessarily have to face conviction. The state prosecutor must first prove committed every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a very difficult burden of proof to satisfy and any doubt in the mind of the judge or jury can possibly result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dayton who can assist you in creating the best legal defense strategy for your particular situation.

Dayton Arrest Lawyer

Contact the Joslyn Law Firm for a consultation today about your misdemeanor or felony arrest throughout the areas of Dayton, Kettering, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Springfield, Beavercreek and Fairborn. Brian Joslyn is experienced in defending individuals who have arrested for misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout Ohio. Contact the Joslyn Law Firm for a free consultation at (614) 444-1900 if you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense throughout Dayton, Ohio.


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Municipal Ordinances in Dayton

In Dayton, certain offenses are not punishable as classified misdemeanor offenses or as felony offenses. For example, if you have been accused of a minor misdemeanor or of violating a variety of local matters, you can be penalized under a municipal ordinance. A municipal ordinance is created and enforced by the city of Dayton. Some of the most common municipal ordinances can cover:

  • Maintenance of buildings,
  • Curfews,
  • Loud neighbors,
  • Rules regarding pets or animals, and
  • Property maintenance.

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Dayton Misdemeanor Arrests

The least serious criminal offenses in Ohio generally result in misdemeanor charges, which are typically punishable by jail time and fines. Under Ohio's law, the minimum penalty for any misdemeanor offense is at least six months in jail and/or a fine of at least $1,000. An individual that is charged with a misdemeanor offense in Dayton can also face community service and some type of additional financial sanction, such as restitution and court costs.

Additionally, some misdemeanor offenses are simply punishable as minor misdemeanor, which are punishable by a fine of $150 or less.

Although these are the general penalties for a misdemeanor offense in Dayton, your criminal defense attorney may be able to help have your charges reduced to a small fine or even probation.

Misdemeanor offenses can involve a variety of criminal acts, such as drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, vandalism, shoplifting, guns and weapons charges, many marijuana crimes, and assault.


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Felony Arrests in Dayton

More serious crimes in Dayton can generally result in felony charges, which are typically punishable with by at least six months prison time and steep fines. Additionally, felony offenders can face gun possession restraints, an inability vote or hold public office, and difficulty finding employment or being admitted into certain educational institutions or programs.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, so most serious felony offenses in Dayton can include:

  • Arson and other property damage offenses;
  • Bribery, perjury, resisting arrest, harboring criminals, escape, conflict of interest, dereliction of public duty and violation of civil rights;
  • Burglary, robbery, breaking and entering, safecracking and trespassing;
  • Endangering children and domestic violence;
  • Conspiracy, attempt and complicity;
  • Corrupt activity;
  • Racketeering;
  • Drug offenses, such as possession, sale, manufacture and cultivation;
  • Forgery, fraud and other theft offenses;
  • Gambling and inciting violence;
  • Homicide;
  • Assault;
  • Menacing acts;
  • Kidnapping, abduction, false imprisonment, extortion and coercion;
  • Rape and other sexual assault, prostitution, obscenity and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles;
  • Riot and disorderly conduct;
  • Theft, writing bad checks and credit card offenses; and
  • Weapons and explosives control.

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Dayton Airport Arrests

Airport arrests in Dayton can often occur at Dayton International Airport. Most of these types of arrests occur when an individual travels into or out of Ohio and is not familiar with the laws in Ohio. However, Ohio residents can also be charged with a criminal offense in an airport.

Ohio has very strict security in the Dayton International Airport, and will aggressively pursue any criminal act committed in an airport. Additionally, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created security checkpoints throughout the airport in order to search an individual's body or luggage.  Some of the most commonly charged offenses associated with airport arrests in Ohio can include:

  • Disorderly conduct or public intoxication,
  • Gun, firearm and other weapons offenses,
  • Illegal marijuana possession,
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance,
  • Resisting arrest by a police officer, and/or
  • Violent crimes.

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Out of State Visitor Arrests in Ohio

If you have been arrested as a visitor from out of state, an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Ohio can help you avoid repeatedly coming back to Ohio to take care of your criminal charges by pursuing any of the options listed below.

  • Dismissal - An individual who has been arrested while a visitor in Ohio may be able to have their criminal charges dismissed completely if they have not other history of criminal charges or a criminal record.
  • Court Appearances – Most of the time, an individual that has been charged with a criminal offense in Ohio does not have to make expensive return trips to Ohio if arrested while visiting or on vacation. For example, if an individual has been charged with a misdemeanor while in Dayton, their attorney can appear in court on their behalf. Additionally. A criminal defense lawyer can typically make arrangements with the court so the alleged offender does not have to make an appearance until the alleged offense is set for trial.

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Resources for Dayton Arrests

Dayton International Airport - This website offers information about the Dayton International Airport, which is Dayton's major commercial and international airport. This site provides information on flight schedules and statuses and other airport facts and information. The airport is located at:

Dayton International Airport
3600 Terminal Drive, Ste. 300
Dayton, Ohio 45377

City of Dayton Police Department - When an individual has been arrested in Dayton, they will be taken to a booking unit with the Dayton Police Department, where they will be processed for their criminal charges. This site also provides information on crime prevention initiatives, crime prevention tips and miscellaneous other information about the police department. The Dayton Police Department is located at:

Dayton Police Department
335 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: (937) 333-2677

Montgomery County Sheriff's Department - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department responds to the community's safety needs, aims to reduce fear and make the community a safe place to live. Additionally, this site provides information on county jails, how to search for an inmate and miscellaneous information on sheriff's department. The Sheriff's Department is located at:

Montgomery County Sheriff's Department
345 W. Second St.
Dayton, Ohio 45422
Phone: (937) 225-4357

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Joslyn Law Firm | Dayton Misdemeanor and Felony Arrest Attorney

If you have been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor offense throughout the areas of Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County and Greene County, contact the Joslyn Law Firm today. Brian Joslyn is a knowledgeable Dayton criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to the allegations against you. Call (614) 444-1900 today for a free consultation about your arrest for a criminal offense in Dayton.

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