Ohio Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: I was caught doing 74 in a 55 in ohio what will likely happen?

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Answered on Jan 8, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
You will be summoned to go to court, fined, and probably have your license suspended by the judge. You are a new driver with little driving experience. The judge is likely to think that you don't even have enough experience to be driving 55 in a 55, so will think that speeding 20 miles over the limit is irresponsible, and endangers others, and that you do not have enough driving experience to be going so fast, could kill yourself or others, and think that you are not mature enough to handle...

Q: I got a ticket for letting an unlicensed driver drive my car while I had a suspended liense and my mom wont take me

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Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
If you got a ticket for it...most likely for an offense called "wrongful entrustment," then you are already in trouble.

Q: Backgrnd check says open warrant docket says closed w fine due what's correct?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Libel & Slander and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Nov 12, 2018
Brian Smith Esq's answer
I cannot say without checking with the court. You may want to contact the court so you can talk to them about this. Or you may want to consult with an attorney for help resolving this. What I can say is that, when a warrant is issued, Ohio courts will mark the case as closed until the warrant is served/resolved. They will then re-open the case.

Q: I got a speeding ticket in Xenia Ohio jurisdiction and they set a court date 4 days after violation, is that allowed?

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Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You can almost certainly get a continuance easily.

Q: Is it still a 4511.38 violation if the only property damage was to the operator's vehicle?

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Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
The property isn't the way to go, that could be your car, but where does the street or highway end?

Q: 16-year-old in rush hour stop-and-go traffic on major Cbus interstate, rear ended another driver. Likely consequence?

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Answered on Oct 28, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
"Not guilty" remains the starting point no matter how guilty you are. If there was insurance and a proper license in place, this will be no big deal. The court will want to make sure the victim is whole, and give your kid a fine. Your insurance carry may increase your rates, and that will be it. If there was not insurance, it becomes much more serious.

Q: Do you have to have more than 2 fra suspensions within 3 yrs in obio for it to be a jailable offence

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Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
No. Under Ohio State Law, that offense becomes jailable on a third offense for driving under suspension in 3 years (doesn't matter whether the first two suspension were for FRA or another reason). Furthermore, cities and towns have their own laws and are free to up the penalties (which many do) under local code. For example, in Brook Park, the FRA suspension violation is a first degree misdemeanor carrying up to 180 days. So a person facing such a charge under a local city code could face jail...

Q: How hard is it to fight red light ticket if the witness has already changed his story

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Answered on Oct 11, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You'll need to subpoena the witnesses you want unless they are willing to come voluntarily. If the independent witness is now saying it was the other driver who ran the light, that should certainly help.

Q: Is there any ability in Ohio to reduce a moving violation already on your driving record to something less severe?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
If you already paid the ticket or went to court, there is little chance of going back. If you haven't yet, plead not guilty, get a court date, and talk to the prosecutor, or better yet, have a lawyer do so. Such reductions are fairly common.

Q: If have driving privileges can license plates be sized

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Answered on Oct 4, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Under some circumstances, yes.

Q: Im 17 and got into a minor collision, got cited for a stop sign violation and have a provisional license. What'll happen

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 5, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Your license could be suspended and/or you could be fined.

Q: I’m 16 years old and I got caught going 50 on a 35 in Cleveland Ohio. I have court soon, will I get my license suspende?

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Answered on Aug 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Probably. The court could determine that you were acting very irresponsibly, and at such a young age, you need more maturity before being allowed to drive again, where you could kill yourself or others. Driving is a privilege, not a right. The court can take it away.

Q: I guess my main question is if I get another policy same day (turning my license valid)will that make a difference.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
The court will want you to get insurance so yes, while it won't make the charge go away, getting insurance as soon as possible will help.

Q: Can I get a ticket from someone recording on a phone for reckless driving?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
If the police are given the video, they may well issue a ticket for reckless driving. It may be difficult for them to prove it was you driving. Charging you only requires probable cause. If you are the registered owner of the car, that's going to be enough to charge as it is probable that you were driving. But, they would probably need the witness at trial to say they recognize you to get over the reasonable doubt hurdle that pops up at that stage, and it's likely such testimony could be picked...

Q: DO TRAFFIC TICKETS EXPIRE? I HAVE A BLOCK LISTED FROM 2006-2007 WHEN I ATTEMPTED TO GET A TEMP TAG FOR MY CAR

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
warrant blocks do not expire. Some of the court go through about every 10 years and clear out old ones they think won't ever lead to payment, but for the most part, its a good way to get people to pay up so they stay in place.

Q: I’m 16 and I just got a ticket for going 83 in a 70. I know I have to attend court but what do you think they will say?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court will say that you are irresponsible, and by going that fast, are too young to handle the responsibility of driving, will likely suspend your license, and perhaps put you on probation. Unless you have had NASCAR training, you don't have the experience or ability to handle a car at 83, or probably even 70. If a tire blows out at those speeds, you will likely die. Seat belts and air bags are not designed for crashes at 83.

Q: In Ohio, can police mail you a speeding ticket if they didn’t make a traffic stop.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
Laura Helmbrecht's answer
This is the first I have heard of a police officer mailing a speeding ticket. Please call me at (614) 370-7897 to discuss this further. I would like to know more about the circumstances.

Q: The state trooper pulled me over for allegedly going 89 mph in a 65 mph zone.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
Laura Helmbrecht's answer
I would need more information, but if this is in Ohio, please call me at 614-370-7897 to discuss further. It depends on how accurate the officer's speed detection is and how he claims he clocked you-radar, laser, or pace?

Q: I am on non reporting probation and was pulled over and am being charged with driving under suspension what am I looking

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 22, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
That depends a lot on what you are on probation for and how the probation department views the violation. Many don't care that much about such charges; others, do.

Q: During a traffic stop drugs were found but no arrest was made and no tickets were given. Would I be summoned to court?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on May 29, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Police often await lab results to confirm the nature of substance and then issue a summons, yes.

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