The penalties and punishments that follow convictions under Ohio law are complicated and frequently changing. The Ohio Senate is focusing its current efforts on changing the sentencing that corresponds to a serious crime, like a felony offense, when a gun is involved. After conducting a study about those individuals who allegedly commit violent crimes, the Senate believes it can significantly reduce violence on the streets by imposing new sentencing guidelines.
Under Ohio's current law, those accused of felony possession of a weapon or other gun-related allegations face anywhere between one to seven years in prison. The proposed law would double this sentence for a first-time offender to a sentence of two to fourteen years. The law would establish mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders. Those individuals with two previous violent felony convictions would face a minimum of 11 years in prison.