303.99  PENALTY.
   (a)   General Misdemeanor Classifications.
      (1)   Predicate Motor Vehicle or Traffic Offenses.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, whoever violates any provision of this Traffic Code which is a predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense and for which no other penalty is provided is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.  If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates such provision is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates such provision is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
      (2)   Non-Predicate Motor Vehicle or Traffic Offense.  Whoever violates any provision of this Traffic Code which is not a predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense and for which no other penalty is provided is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
   (b)   Penalties.  Whoever is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of this Traffic Code shall be imprisoned for a definite term or fined, or both, which term of imprisonment and fine shall be fixed by the court as provided in this section.
 
Classification of
Misdemeanor
Maximum Term
of Imprisonment
Maximum Fine
First degree
180 days
$1,000.00
Second degree
90 days
    750.00
Third degree
60 days
    500.00
Fourth degree
30 days
    250.00
Minor
No imprisonment
    150.00
   (ORC 2929.24; 2929.28)