According to a 2012 news article in The Columbus Dispatch: “showing up in court almost always pays off. A review of more than 4,500 tickets issued in work zones around the I-71/670 interchange and on I-270 found that more than 93 percent of people who went to court (or had an attorney go to court for them) instead of mailing a check or entering a credit-card number online walked away with reduced or dismissed fines. Court officials say such statistics are a real-world glimpse at how the judicial system operates, not only for construction-zone speeding tickets but for all kinds of minor traffic offenses.”
This is a ringing endorsement of why you should hire a Columbus traffic attorney to help you with any and all traffic tickets. It may seem that just paying a traffic ticket is the quickest, most efficient way to deal with it, but not in the long run. Merely paying a traffic ticket is your guilty plea. And that guilty plea generally adds points to your driver’s license. When your insurance company reviews your record at renewal time and sees you have accumulated points on your driver’s license, they will increase your insurance rates as a result. Accumulate 12 points in two years and your driver’s license will be suspended for six months.
If you have accumulated two traffic convictions in one year, the third ticket in that year may be a fourth degree misdemeanor which could mean time in jail for up to 30 days. If you accumulate three or more speeding tickets in the past year, the next speeding ticket could become a third degree misdemeanor and land you in jail for as much as 60 days.
Do not wait until you accumulate so many traffic tickets that you are facing serious consequences. Fight each and every traffic ticket as if your record depends upon it because it does!
Do you need a speeding ticket lawyer in Columbus, Ohio?
You can contest your traffic ticket. In fact it is often to your advantage to fight the traffic ticket. If you are facing a traffic ticket in Columbus, Ohio, you need an attorney who knows the law and can help you navigate the various courts with jurisdiction over traffic offenses. Get the representation of a skilled and trusted attorney who can give you the help you need. The Maher Law Firm can help make sure that your rights are protected. Founding attorney, Colin Maher has in-depth knowledge and experience working with traffic cases and he will put his skills at your service. Call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614-205-2208 or contact us online.