Tiffin, OH asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio

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.

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: 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 people to come and go with their boats, the ticket is likely to stand. If it was behind your house, you've got a good argument.

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