Acting appropriately during a traffic stop can reduce your risk of being taken into custody under suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Nothing you say or do will guarantee that a police officer or state trooper will not suspect you of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, you can protect yourself from major inconveniences or a criminal charge.
Fleeing an Ohio accident scene and eluding an Ohio police stop can both be prosecuted as felony offenses. A driver who gets charged with felony fleeing or with felony eluding can face a harsh sentence that includes jail time, high criminal fines, and a lengthy license suspension.
You must beat a stop sign ticket in court. You cannot challenge a traffic ticket by mail or phone.
The good news is that having the stop sign ticket dismissed and avoiding the penalties is possible. You must still answer for yourself whether taking a day off work and appearing before a judge is worth the time, expense, and effort. So let’s start there.
Yes, you can go to jail for simple assault charges in Ohio. Avoiding that penalty is possible by proving your innocence or reaching a plea deal to a lesser offense.
You are most likely to be charged with aggravated drug possession in Ohio when police suspect that you have intentionally bought or used amphetamines, methamphetamine or a prescription opioid painkiller without a prescription. The charge will be prosecuted as a felony, and the potential criminal penalties will depend on the weight of the drugs you allegedly possessed.
As a Columbus, OH based speeding ticket attorney, I am always surprised (and a little dismayed) at how many drivers simply sign and return traffic court summons with payments for fines and administrative fees. Make no mistake, if you want to contest a speeding ticket, the ticket itself is an order to appear before a traffic court judge.
It is very easy to draw a drug paraphernalia charge in Ohio, The relevant state law, section 2925.14 of the Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.), defines drug paraphernalia so broadly that even possessing a spoon or a box of small plastic bags can result in an arrest and conviction that brings jail time, high fines, and a lengthy driver’s license suspension.
Leaving the scene of an accident in Ohio before reporting the collision, helping or calling 911 for injured people, and speaking with police is more than a traffic violation. Local police officers and state troopers consider hit and run a crime as well as a traffic violation. Importantly, the official state statute, section 4549.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, applies to both the driver who caused the crash and the drivers of every other vehicle involved.
Drivers in and around Columbus, Ohio, who have at least one driving under the influence conviction on their record face harsher penalties for a second, third or fourth conviction. Jail time is pretty much guaranteed if the charge is not dismissed or reduced, and fines and fees can rise into the thousands of dollars. They also risk losing their personal driver’s license and commercial driver’s license immediately upon arrest.
Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges in Ohio take driving under the influence of drugs every bit as seriously as they do drunk driving. In, fact, they use the same criminal code language of “operating a vehicle while intoxicated,” or OVI, and impose the same basic penalties.