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How to Avoid a CDL Suspension in Ohio

Commercial drivers in Ohio can have their CDLs suspended for dozens of reasons. A long list of criminal offenses, traffic violations, and regulatory lapses that carry commercial driver’s license suspension penalties appears elsewhere on this Maher Law Firm website. When checking out that rundown, note that a first-time suspension raises a commercial driver’s risk for subsequent CDL suspensions.

  • 2016-11-03
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Outside Factors That Can Affect Sobriety Tests

Police, prosecutors and judges in Columbus Ohio put great stock in sobriety tests when making arrests and holding trials on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). The tests and their results are far from infallible, however. Several factors can influence how each assessment of impairment due to alcohol or drug use is performed and interpreted.

Discussing all the options for an OVI defense will require sitting down with an experienced Columbus Ohio OVI attorney. Here are just a few insights into how sobriety tests done by the side of the road and in a medical facility can produce unreliable and inadmissible information that should not be used to secure a conviction.

  • 2016-10-25
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Should I Consider a Plea Bargain in My DUI Case?

The short answer is yes, you should consider a plea bargain in your DUI case.

That being said, you should never agree to admit to being guilty of any criminal offense or traffic violation until you consult with an experienced Columbus DUI attorney. The prosecutor who offers to reduce a charge from what Ohio statutes calls operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) may not be looking to lower potential penalties. Rather, he or she may just want to resolve the case while securing what amounts to a conviction. Do not agree to anything without first consulting an experienced DUI attorney in Columbus.

  • 2016-11-01
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Repeat Reckless Driving Charges

Racking up more than one reckless driving charge within a 12-month period puts an Ohio driver at risk for a month or more in jail. Losing a license to a 12-point violation is also a possibility, and paying hundreds of dollars in fines is a given.

A Brief Overview of Reckless Operation

A first conviction for the offense that Ohio state laws refer to as reckless operation is treated as a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $150. Even though it is called a “minor” misdemeanor, it is more serious than the typical traffic offense as indicated by the four-point license penalty.

  • 2016-10-23
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5 of the Most Common Traffic Violations

Leaving aside drunk and drugged driving, the five things most likely to draw the attention of a local traffic cop or a Highway Patrol officer are speeding, following too closely, making improper lane changes, operating with faulty equipment, and running red lights. We’ll take brief looks at what getting ticketed for any of these can mean for an Ohio driver below.

  • 2016-10-25
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What to Do if a Cop Pulls You Over Under Suspicion of Drinking

An arrest and trial for driving under the influence can create almost as many problems as a conviction for what Ohio state statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). The officer can make an administrative license suspension that works just like a court-ordered suspension and applies equally to the suspect’s commercial driver’s license. Also, the arrest can appear on the suspect’s driving record even if no conviction results. That will translate into higher insurance premiums and the possible loss of job opportunities that require driving company vehicles.

  • 2016-10-23
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