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What To Do if Police Suspects Me of OVI During a Traffic Stop?

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.

  • 2019-07-10
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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.

  • 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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When Is Fleeing and Eluding a Felony in Ohio?

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.

  • 2019-06-30
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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 Get a Stop Sign Ticket Dismissed in Ohio

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.

  • 2019-06-20
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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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