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Q: My son had a case which ended up getting dismissed. Now, 2yrs later they have indicted him for it. (F4 handling firearm)

They issued a warrant but told him over the phone he just needs to come to the court to receive the indictment and set a court date and he won't be arrested at that time, is this true or a trick? Also, what should he do concerning going forward with the charge/indictment? The case was closed,... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

Your son should hire a local defense attorney and follow his or her advice. The statute of limitations on a felony charge is 6 years so while 2 seems like a long time, it is far from being precluded.

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Q: Is 4510.11 jailable?

I got a ticket for suspened license non-compliance

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 4, 2022

Yes. It's an M1 which carries a maximum sentence of 180 days jail. That said, very few people go to jail over DUS charges.

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Q: Can police use whiteout on traffic tickets?

My son have accidents and he is 17 years but the cop put my name by mistake and use whiteout on the ticket.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Yes, police can correct tickets.

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Q: What happens if I get insurance after the date of the offense and show them that?

I wasn’t able to show proof during my traffic stop, officer told me to provide proof when I pay my ticket. I got insurance after the fact, how will that effect what happens when I go to pay my ticket?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 11, 2022

If you cannot show proof of insurance on the date on the ticket, the BMV will suspend your license for non-compliance.

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Q: Once a traffic ticket is dismissed do to the officer not writing ticket right can the officer reissue the ticket

And how long after can they reissue a ticket that has been dismissed

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 6, 2022

If the charge was dismissed without prejudice, the ticket can be reissued. Depending upon the nature of the violation they would have either 6 months (minor misdemeanor) or 2 years (regular misdemeanor). Either way, plenty of time. Tickets get dismissed all the time and rarely have I seen one... Read more »

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Q: Can a sheriff issue a traffic violation on private property under code 4511.202 ?

I was on private property pulling my boat trailer to park it after launching my boat and accidentally hit the ladder on the back of another boat with the fender of my trailer.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 6, 2022

The code indicates it can be issued on "property open to the public." So, the nature of the private property would be the key to your proposed defense. If it's business, like a marina or boat storage place, or a camp ground, even private, residential property where the owner allows... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: If I were at a drive-thru and was being cut off after waiting a long time and I bumped the car in front of me can I get

In trouble if I drove away and she was calling the police? There are two ways to enter the drive-thru. She pulled into the one side about 7 minutes after me and insisted that she was first.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Yes, you can get in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Hello. My husband got arrested tonight about a bench warrant. Back in July 2021 he got stopped for driving under suspen

He failed to appear in court for that.

I got stopped tonight while he was a passenger. They ran his s.s number and arrested him. He has had DUI's in the past 5+ yrs ago which is why his license is suspended. He owes child support too. They said in july 2021 the truck he was driving... Read more »

Roger  Bouchard
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Roger Bouchard
answered on Jul 10, 2022

First of all, he is facing multiple DUI's, which, if occurred within 10 years of each other raises the penalties significantly. Then, the DUS, which is a blatant disregard of the law under DUI suspension is an M1 which carries a possible 180 days. Make sure he has insurance. The plates are... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Did law enforcement need to get a new warrant because the vehicle was transfered in my name a hr.before the search?

I bought and titled the vehicle before the search. Dont they have to get a new warrant since the target vehicle changed ownership

?

Roger  Bouchard
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Roger Bouchard
answered on Jul 10, 2022

The warrant relates to the car as owned at the time when it was issued. Therefore the popo does not need to get a new warrant for a vehicle that transferred ownership while under the original warrant.

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Q: Court appearance for speeding

Kids in the back seat

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on May 12, 2022

You have not asked a question. However, if you were charged with child endangering as a result of this incident, it is far more serious than a speeding ticket and you should hire an attorney.

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Q: Traffic stop for window tint

During a traffic stop for window tint at night do police have to run your license and registration before they ask you to step out of the car and before they ask you to search your car

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on May 12, 2022

The police do not have to run your registration before asking you to step out or before asking to search though they generally do. You do not have to consent to the search. But you do have to get out and provide your information.

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Q: What is a liscense fortification suspension

I missed court but was told if box wasn't checked I didn't have to appear now they trying to take my driver license which I never had been driving since I was 16

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 28, 2022

A license forfeiture is a process by which a court invalidates your license to force you to deal with them. If you want your license back, you need to obtain a document called a release of forfeiture from the court. It is true that you do not have to appear in court, if they don't check the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: can a prosecutor give you their opinion on how judge will rule while offering you plea bargain?

i heard pros say it’s highly unlikely i’ll be convicted but he still wanted to offer me a reduced charge. The words highly unlikely motivated me to refuse plea. Then, I was found guilty. Next day I called pros and he denied what he said. He said he may have said it’s highly unlikely i’ll... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 19, 2022

The prosecutor is free to offer his or opinions. You should not listen to them seeing how their job is to convict you.

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Q: Could a speeding be " thrown out" if the wrong model of car is showed?

I was pulled over for speeding. The ticket he give me has the wrong model of car. It said it was a station wagon and I drive an edge. Two very different vehicles. Also he had be going faster than what I was. I had my cruise control set for 75 and the speed limit was 70. He said he clock me going... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 15, 2022

Based on your post, you have admitted you were speeding, but that the law enforcement officer noted things which are in error. The prosecution has the burden of proof and would call the law enforcement officer who would identify you as the operator of a vehicle which was exceeding the speed limit.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and International Law for Ohio on
Q: I need to pay court fines in Sydney Australia. I’m in the states. I’ve been told pay through Bitcoin

I’ve been told the court only excepts payment through Bitcoin. I find that hard to believe. Is this a scam? My friend hit a parked car but didn’t stop. There was no injuries. He is under house arrest now. I’m not comfortable paying that way

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 11, 2022

While you should ask a lawyer in Australia, technically, this seems like it is almost certainly a scam.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: My son was in accident and at fault. He had no insurance. On the ticket they put the wrong first name.

Will he have to show proof of insurance in court or will it be thrown out? There were no injuries but both cars totaled. The ticket said the offense was "stop sign". It also says he does not need to appear in person. Can this be thrown out without showing proof of insurance?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Feb 2, 2022

Tickets with incorrect names on them do not get thrown out. They get corrected. He is going to get a license suspension from the BMV for not having insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: a school bus stops with its flashing lights on at an intersection on my right , can i turn left away from the bus?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 24, 2021

The answer depends on additional details. Section 4511.75 of the Ohio Revised Code spells out your obligations. (link below)

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4511.75

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Q: Do police have to use their sirens to pull you over
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 23, 2021

Your question is somewhat vague. The audio siren is not a per se requirement of a traffic stop.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I was rear ended yesterday ..my tags and license had expired..and no insurance..i was not cited..i don't think the other

Driver was either only listed as at fault..will my license get suspended..am now current on tags and license..do i have any recourse for damages.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 12, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It's possible you could have a basis for recovery - but only an Ohio attorney could advise for certain what types of damages are included or excluded. In many jurisdictions, those violations on your part could... Read more »

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Q: Is it illegal to make a left turn over solid double yellow lines in Ohio? Additionally, are U-turns always illegal here?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 8, 2021

I know of no ordinance that prohibits turning left over double yellows to enter a driveway. Crossing them for any other purpose is generally unlawful and it is possible that a municipality has outlawed crossing them even to get to a driveway.

In Ohio generally, you can make a U-turn...
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