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Breaking down the charges JP Macura faces

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Ready for a brief legal lesson? Thank JP Macura for a chance to learn a bit more about how the legal system works here in Ohio.

"But seriously, leave your pants on."
"But seriously, leave your pants on."
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JP Macura is appearing in court today at 12:30 to arraigned on two charges stemming from his shenanigans last night in which he produced false identification to get into a bar, pulled his pants down once in the bar, and then produced the same fake ID when approached by the police. Xavier's sophomore guard appears in front of Judge Dwane Mallory to enter his initial plea on the charges soon. After this hearing will come multiple pre-trials, continuances, and, most likely, a chance to enter a diversionary program. What exactly do the charges mean and what legal ramification could they have for the 20 year old?

2917.11 Disorderly Conduct-

It's probably safe to assume from this charge that JP's removal of his pants didn't result in a prolonged exposure of... JP or it's likely he would have been charged with the somewhat more serious offense of public indecency. According to reports, JP was cited under section A2 of the statute which states: "Making unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display or communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person." It's not hard to imagine how removing one's pants and standing on a table would meet this standard. This charge is generally a minor misdemeanor (like a speeding ticket) unless the offender has received a reasonable warning or request to desist, when it becomes a fourth degree misdemeanor. Either way, the fine would be a maximum of $250 and jail time would be all but unheard of.

2921.31 Obstructing-

This is by far the more serious of the charges. Obstructing is a second degree misdemeanor that can rise to a felony if the action creates a risk of physical harm, which this didn't. JP is charged with this because of the Tennessee ID he provided that identified him as Myles Fox Morrissey, a person of legal drinking age. Apparently, JP stuck with the story that he was Mr. Morrissey sufficiently long to also obstruct the business of the officers looking into the initial complaint. The penalties for an M2 are much more severe, rising to a possible fine of $750 and 90 days in jail. It's not likely a first offender would face those penalties, but they are out there.