4 Benefits to Fighting a Speeding Ticket in Ohio

It seems simple enough to treat a traffic ticket as no big deal. Why waste a day, especially a day of paid work, going to court? Just sign the citation, write a check or fill in the credit card information, mail back the summons, and get on with your life. Why sweat it?

  • 2018-02-05
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What Acts Can Be Considered Traffic Violations?

Ohio recognizes more than 100 actions as traffic violations. A handful constitute criminal activities under state statutes, including reckless operation, street racing, hit-skip/fleeing the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while impaired/Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • 2017-11-10
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How Do You Reinstate Your Suspended Ohio Driver’s License?

What you need to do to reinstate a suspended Ohio driver’s license depends on why you lost full driving privileges and which type of license you need to have restored. In all, Ohio courts and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can take away a driver’s license for more than 30 criminal and civil offenses. In addition to expected cases like operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) and racking up 12 points for repeated traffic tickets, a license can be suspended for an equipment violation on commercial trucks or failing to pay child support. The process for getting your license back varies for each instance.

  • 2017-10-13
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What Is Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated?

Perhaps the best way to explain the alleged offense Ohio calls aggravated vehicular homicide is to define the three words in reverse order:

  • Homicide—taking another person’s life
  • Vehicle—any car, truck, motorcycle, boat with an engine, or aircraft
  • Aggravated—committing a crime like operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), acting recklessly by exceeding a posted speed limit by more than 25 mph, or being negligent by, for example, falling asleep behind the wheel

  • 2017-02-22
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Can You Go to Jail for Driving Under Suspension?

You definitely risk going to jail if you drive in Ohio with a suspended driver’s license. State laws classify driving under many types of suspension a first degree misdemeanor. This is the highest level of offense below a felony.  It carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

  • 2017-12-24
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Why You Need a Ohio Traffic Attorney

Hiring a Columbus traffic attorney to help you contest a ticket can save you from dealing with many legal and financial problems. Several traffic offenses bring more than a fine and administrative fees.  Simply accepting guilt by signing the summons and mailing in a payment will subject you to those other penalties and consequences.

  • 2017-10-24
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The Use of Video Evidence in OVI Arrests

In Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, local police officers, state troopers, and their cruiser are often equipped with digital recording devices that capture visual records of stops and arrests for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Footage from dashboard cameras and body cams, which can legally be supplemented by recordings bystanders make on smartphones, is used in different ways by officers, prosecutors, and drunk and driving defense attorneys. Understanding what video can and cannot show, as well as how video footage can support or contradict spoken and written accounts of an incident, can make the difference between getting convicted of OVI and being acquitted or having the charge dismissed before a trial.

  • 2017-05-10
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Uncommon Types of Traffic Violation in Ohio

You certainly know you can get ticketed for speeding, running a red light, or turning without using a signal. You also realize that you and your passengers need to buckle up and, if younger than 8, use an appropriate booster seat or child safety seat. You also understand that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is treated as a serious criminal offense.

  • 2017-12-14
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Consequences for Driving Under Suspension

The laws of Ohio set harsh penalties for driving with a suspended license or violating restrictions placed on driving privileges. Getting convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) and also driving under OVI suspension/under restriction actually results in a mandatory jail sentence.

  • 2017-10-18
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What Is SR-22 Insurance?

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles often makes submitting an SR-22 bond a requirement for having limited driving privileges approved or a license reinstated. The SR-22 is a kind of proof of automobile insurance, rather than an insurance policy itself. The simplest definition is that it stands as a guarantee from the company that issues a policy that it has, in fact, issued that policy to the person named in the SR-22 paperwork.

  • 2017-05-03
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