3 Benefits to Fighting a Traffic Ticket Ohio
- You may have all the charges dropped. No fines, no points!
- If charges aren’t dropped, you may arrive at a plea bargain, with lower penalties.
- Fighting the ticket means you might be able to minimize damage to your driving record and hikes in your insurance rates.
Speeding or other traffic tickets can be more than an inconvenience, and have a negative impact on your many aspects of your daily life. Ignoring traffic tickets does not make them go away. In fact, if you fail to deal with a traffic ticket, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Among the most common traffic tickets, as you might imagine, are speeding tickets. This chart will give you an idea of the maximum penalties for speeding. They are additive, in other words if you’re caught speeding multiple times in a year, the fines and penalties can become very onerous.
|Speeding with two prior violations|
4th degree Misdemeanor
$250 fine; 30 days in jail
|Within one year, three or more speeding offenses|
3rd degree Misdemeanor
$500 fine; 60 days in jail
|No prior convictions within one year, but driving faster than 35 mph in a business district or greater than 50 mph in a municipal corporation, or 35 mph in a school zone|
4th degree misdemeanor
$250 fine; 30 days in jail
*All fines can be doubled if the violation occurs in a construction zone. Source: Ohio Revised Code 4511.21
In addition, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will assess points on your driver’s license. (ORC 4510.036)
|Driving More than 30 MPH Over the Listed Speed Limit|
|Driving More than 10 mph Over the Speed Limit in a 55 mph Zone|
|Driving More than 5 mph Over the Speed Limit in less than 55 mph Zone|
|Driving Too Slow for Conditions|
A speeding conviction can result in increased insurance premiums, temporary license suspension if the court finds that you were driving recklessly, and permanent suspension of your driver’s license if you accumulate too many convictions. If driving is part of your job, you could also lose your job.
Need a traffic ticket attorney in Columbus, Ohio?
If you’re facing a traffic ticket in Columbus, Ohio, you need an experienced attorney who will review your case and create a strategy to either win the case or get the prosecutor to reduce the charge. This will protect your driving record, your license, and possibly even your livelihood. The skilled, trusted legal representation Probst Law Office offers the help you need to be sure you have the best representation possible in fighting a traffic ticket. Get the experience that you need and deserve when you hire Michael Probst as your attorney. Contact Michael today for your free consultation, or call now at 614-767-5170.