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To be charged with Escape, a person must know they are under detention, other than supervised release and recklessly or purposely break or attempt to break the detention, or purposely fail to return to detention.

Depending on the severity of the allegations, escape charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a second degree felony, punishable by up to 8 years in prison.

If you are convicted of escape, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of escape, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who convicted of a crime and escaped from jail or prison. Therefore, it is critical that you give your escape charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with escape. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, witness statements and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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If you’ve been charged with contempt, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at

The escape charge is a second degree felony and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of up to $10,000

The escape charge is a third degree felony and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of two to 6-12 months
  • A fine of up to $2,500

The escape charge is a fifth degree felony and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of two to 6-12 months
  • A fine of up to $2,500
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

If the detention is pursuant to a judicial order or in a detention facility. No. In the case of any other detention, irregularity or lack of jurisdiction is an affirmative offense only if either of the following occurs:
  • The escape involved no substantial risk of harm to the person or property of another
  • The detaining authority knew or should have known there was no legal basis or authority for the detention

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