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.

  • 2019-05-14
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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.

  • 2019-02-07
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What Are the Consequences of Not Paying a DUI Fine?

Getting convicted of or pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) in Columbus Ohio will cost you quite a bit of money. The mandated criminal fine for the offense state statutes call operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) starts at $375. That penalty can be as high as $1,075 for a first-time offense, and it is assessed separately from court costs and the expense of any court-ordered Driver Intervention Program, ignition interlock, or addiction assessment and treatment.

  • 2018-10-29
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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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Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Ohio

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.

  • 2019-04-15
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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket When You Weren’t Speeding

Fighting a speeding ticket when you know you were not speeding can be well worth your time and effort. Convincing a traffic court judge to toss out the charge will save you points on your license, spare you an increase in insurance premiums, and let you escape paying fines and fees. Perhaps even more importantly, if you drive for a living, keeping a speeding offense off of your record often means that you will hold onto your job.

  • 2018-12-16
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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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How A Columbus Defense Attorney Could Help You Get a Speeding Ticket Dismissed

If you’re reading this, I don’t need to over explain why getting a speeding ticket dismissed in Columbus, Ohio, is a great thing. Having a speeding violation on your record puts penalty points on your license, raises your insurance rates and threatens your job prospects if you need a clean report from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain or keep employment.

  • 2019-03-15
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Can Receiving a Traffic Ticket Lead to Actions Against Your Driver’s License?

Getting ticketed for violating a traffic law in central Ohio can definitely have an impact on your driver’s license. The statutory penalties for many traffic offenses include points, and a number of laws call for suspending the licenses of people who plead guilty or get convicted.

  • 2018-11-15
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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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