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Implications of a Speeding Ticket in Ohio

What Are the Implications of a Speeding Ticket in Ohio

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.

Of course, the city and state make it easy for drivers to avoid court by pleading guilty and accepting the standard penalties. Taking advantage of that convenience can have unforeseen consequences.

Drivers who think they are saving themselves the hassle of appearing in court by just paying speeding tickets actually expose themselves to points on their license, an increased risk for having their licenses suspended, higher auto insurance premiums, and possible issues with keeping jobs that involve driving company vehicles or being on company insurance. Here are brief summaries of these four too-often ignored implications of not contesting a speeding ticket in central Ohio.

Accruing Penalty Points

Pleading guilty to speeding by signing the ticket and paying the fine and fees puts 2-4 points on your Ohio driver’s license. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles keeps track of these points, and they cannot be erased for two years.

Drivers also need to realize that a speeding ticket is sometimes much more than a speeding ticket. Driving excessively above a posted speed limit in Columbus may be cited as reckless operation. This is often a 4-point offense, and drivers must go to court to receive their sentence since a judge can decide to suspend the driver’s license.

Edging Closer to a License Suspension

If you rack up 12 penalty points with the BMV during a 24-month period, you automatically have your Ohio driver’s license suspended for 6 months. That suspension applies to your own personal license and any commercial driving certification you hold.

While it is possible to restore limited personal driving privileges while under suspension, a suspended CDL means no legal commercial driving at all. If you get caught violating the terms of a license suspension, you can end up in jail. You will also be slapped with a new, longer suspension.

Paying Higher Insurance Premiums

Traffic violations become a matter of public record, and your auto insurance company will find out that you plead guilty or were convicted of a traffic offense. Nearly all insurers hike rates for drivers who have speeding offenses on their records. The amount of the increase will vary from policy to policy, but insurance can quickly become unaffordable for many people. And if you drive without insurance in Ohio, you will have your license suspended. Ohio speeding laws

A further insurance consideration arises when you need to reinstate a suspended license. Ohio often requires drivers to obtain proof of insurance to have their license reinstated. Paying for that insurance after having a suspended license can be quite costly.

No Longer Having a Clean Driving Record

Drivers who can absorb the financial hits, avoid suspensions, and stay straight with their insurance companies can still suffer long-term pain from speeding tickets. Just as an insurer will find a speeding offense, so will an employer who bothers to look. Trucking companies, bus services, ride sharing operations, and contracting firms will check.

When a company or agency informs employees that maintaining a clean driving record is a requirement for landing and holding onto a job, that company is almost always serious. The only way to keep a speeding ticket off your record is to have the ticket dismissed. You cannot get it dismissed if you sign the summons and pay the fine.

If, after reading this, you decide to fight you speeding ticket, consider reaching out to Colin Maher of The Maher Law Firm. Based in Columbus and willing to take cases throughout Franklin County, Attorney Maher regularly ranks among the best speeding ticket lawyers in Ohio. He offers free consultations and will personally appear in court for clients.

You can speak to a Columbus speeding ticket attorney now by calling (614) 205-2208 or request a call back by completing this online contact form.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Ohio

Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Ohio

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.

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Multiple DUIs

What Happens in Ohio if I Have Multiple DUIs on My Record and Get Charged Again?

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.

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Lawyer for My First DUI Case

Should I Hire a Lawyer for My First DUI Case

My only honest answer to anyone who asks me, “Should I hire a lawyer for my first DUI case?” is yes. Absolutely, yes.

I do not say this just because I do drunk and drugged driving defense in and around Columbus, Ohio. I urge anyone charged with driving under the influence in my state to partner with an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney because the penalties for a DUI conviction can be severe and life-changing.

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Understanding Points on Your Driving Record in Ohio

Ohio Driving Record Points System for Traffic Violations

Many of the most common traffic offenses in Ohio carry penalties that include Ohio driving record points. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles keeps track of those driving record points in the offender’s record, and it issues a six-month license suspension automatically whenever anyone racks up 12 points in a 24-month period. It is generally possible to retain limited driving privileges, such as commuting to and from work, while under suspension, but a suspended commercial driver’s license means no driving a commercial vehicle.

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