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How to Fight a Traffic Ticket in Ohio

If you choose to fight a traffic ticket in central Ohio, you must follow the four steps outlined below. You can learn more about each step and enlist the assistance of a Franklin County traffic violation lawyer by calling The Maher Law Firm at (614) 205-2208 or connecting with us online.

  • 2018-10-10
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Tips on How To Read Your Traffic Ticket

Start reading an Ohio traffic ticket at the bottom. The last line on the standard form indicates whether you need to appear in court to answer to the alleged offense or accept a sentence for a guilty plea. If the police officer or state trooper who issued you the ticket checked YES to the question “Personal Appearance Required,” you need to go before a judge unless you hire an attorney to appear for you.

  • 2018-09-15
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Can You Get in Trouble for Driving While High on Marijuana?

Ohio law treats driving while impaired by marijuana the same as driving under the influence of alcohol. State statutes refer to both offenses as operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), and courts impose the same types of penalties regardless of whether a person gets convicted of driving while drunk or high.

  • 2018-10-03
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How Your Speed Is Recorded by Traffic Officers

As a speeding ticket lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, I hold police officers and state troopers to their legal obligations to produce clear, mechanically recorded evidence of my client’s speed. If the law enforcement official cannot present such evidence in traffic court, the ticket must be dismissed.

  • 2018-09-05
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How to Avoid Penalties for Driving Under OVI Suspension in Ohio

Ohio laws require a sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to include a driver’s license suspension. Police who have taken drivers into custody under suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) also have the authority to impose an administrative license suspension when the driver refuses to participate in breath, blood, and urine testing or when the results of those tests exceed the legal limits for alcohol and drug use while operating a motor vehicle.

  • 2018-09-26
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Is There a Difference Between OVI, DUI, and DWI?

You spell DUI, DWI, and OVI differently.

Other than the terminology, though, each alleged offense comes down to driving after drinking too much alcohol or using drugs. States assign different names to this, but the legal consequences for getting convicted are pretty severe regardless of the location.

  • 2018-08-31
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