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Traffic tickets in Ohio can be confusing, especially if it is undeserved. If you receive a ticket, your next step should be to contact a traffic lawyer at The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC. As a Cleveland criminal defense attorney, experienced in Ohio traffic law, we can handle the situation efficiently and minimize the consequences so you can get back on the road.

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Ohio Traffic Violations

Violating many of Ohio’s traffic laws can lead to citations, called tickets. While most tickets in Ohio are a relatively low-level offense, there are serious traffic violations that can result in a criminal, misdemeanor charge. If you have been ticketed for any traffic violation or any other traffic – related offense in Cuyahoga County, contact a Cleveland traffic lawyer from The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC as soon as possible. We can assess your situation and guide your next steps.

  • Speeding – Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4511.21, states that no one is allowed to operate a vehicle at a speed greater or less than what is reasonable for the traffic and road conditions, greater than the speed posted, or greater than the base speeds for various areas dictated by law. If you believe you are facing an inappropriate ticket for speeding, contact Ohio traffic lawyer Daniel Margolis today.
  • Running a stop sign or red light – ORC 4511.12 dictates that all drivers are required to obey traffic control devices, like stop signs and traffic lights. This is a minor misdemeanor. However, if you have prior traffic violations, you may face a fourth or third-degree misdemeanor.
  • Operation without a valid license – Under ORC 4507.02, it is illegal to drive on any public or private property used for public purposes without a valid driver’s license. This is an unclassified misdemeanor.
  • Financial responsibility – If you are found driving without any or sufficient auto insurance – or proof of insurance – which is required by ORC 4509.01 and 4509.101, you can be penalized. You must have coverage of at least $25,000 of bodily injury or death of one person or at least $50,000 for the bodily injury or death of two or more people.
  • Illegal U-turn – ORC 4511.36 defines how you should make various turns. It also states that local transportation departments can prohibit certain turns at intersections, including U-turns. If you violate a turn prohibition, like an unauthorized U-turn, then you may be found guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If you were convicted of one or more traffic violations within one year, then you will be charged with a fourth or third-degree misdemeanor.
  • Reckless driving – Under ORC 4511.20, it is illegal to operate a vehicle on any street or highway with a willful disregard for the safety of other people or property. This is a minor misdemeanor that can be elevated to a fourth or third-degree misdemeanor if you have traffic violations within the previous year.
  • Hit and Run – ORC 4549.02 lays out the requirement for you to immediately stop and provide assistance and your information after an accident. If you do not stop at the scene of an accident and there are no serious injuries or fatalities, then you face a first-degree misdemeanor. If others were injured or killed, you might be charged with a fifth, fourth, or third-degree felony.

Potential Consequences of Traffic Offenses

While you can just pay a traffic ticket, you need to be aware that this is the same as pleading guilty. You are essentially admitting that you did violate an Ohio traffic law and will comply with the punishment prescribed. You also give up the opportunity to defend yourself or attempt to minimize the consequences of a conviction.

For a traffic violation, you may face multiple penalties, including:

  • Fines and fees
  • Driver’s license points
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • A remedial driving course
  • Retaking the driving test

Ohio Driver’s License Points

Ohio uses a point system to keep track of individuals’ violations and punish repeat offenders. It is essential to pay attention to the driver’s license points associated with an alleged citation or other traffic offense. A traffic violation results in two, four, or six points, depending on the violation. These can add up quickly, and if you receive too many license points within a certain time frame, you can lose your driver’s license for a period.

Ohio Two-Point Violations

  • Moving violations other than those regarding size limits and some speeding offenses
  • If the speed limit is less than 55 mph, speeding by more than 5 mph over the limit
  • If the speed limit is 55 mph or more, speeding by more than 10 mph over the limit

Ohio Four-Point Violations

  • Speeding more than 30 mph over the limit
  • Reckless driving

Ohio Six-Point Violations

  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Hit and run
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Evading the police

If you accumulate 12 points or more within two years, then your driving privileges will be suspended for six months. You will be required to maintain proof of insurance with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for three years. Once your driving suspension is complete, you must also complete a remedial driving course and retake the driving test before getting your license back.

Contact a Cleveland Traffic Lawyer Today

While some tickets are justified and putting up a fight wastes both time and money, there are instances where you need to protect your driving record and your wallet. Fighting these tickets is always the right call. If you challenge a traffic ticket and defend yourself with help from an experienced and aggressive traffic attorney, you have a greater chance of avoiding a violation and points on your record.

For information on whether fighting a ticket is the right move and how a Cleveland traffic lawyer from The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC can help you, call 216-533-9533 or use our online contact form to schedule a free case consultation.

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