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Q: Could I use an argument of light traffic (during pandemic) to contest no R turn on Red during rush hour times?

The cop sits in a private driveway to watch for people turning on red during the “no turn on red” times.

Other possible arguments I was thinking of using were that he didn’t have permission to sit in the private driveway by the owner, or that my clock was fast (which it is, it helps me be on time).

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 7, 2020

None of that is going to help you get out of the ticket.

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Q: What if the amount of the fine is no where on my ticket and wasn't given or told to me
Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jun 29, 2020

You can call the municipal court clerk where the ticket was issued, and they should be able to tell you the fine, and court costs/fees, if applicable.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law, Traffic Tickets and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Could someone find my address and name from my drivers license number?

Someone cut me off in vehicle in an Arby’s parking lot, stopped in front of me and wouldn’t let me through, so I had to lay on my horn to get them to move. After they moved and began flicking me off, I had to follow them around the corner because it was the only way out that I knew of. They... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 8, 2020

Yes, they could possibly find your address or track you down. This sort of thing is how road rage escalates to tragic outcomes - even blowing your horn, or especially gesturing at them, could be dangerous. Everyone is tense. Do not engage with other drivers in traffic. Avoid eye contact. They... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 and I got a speeding ticket and my court date is soon, does the officer have to be present for this?

Or does he only have to be present if I choose to fight the ticket

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 11, 2020

Officers typically attend the hearing to testify about the facts. That is your opportunity to dispute the facts. The judge or magistrate will decide. If you pay the ticket before the hearing, the hearing will be cancelled. Call the court with questions on the process it follows. Your parent or... Read more »

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Q: Statute of limitations on Red light traffic tickets in Dayton Ohio whereby they were deemed illegal without a cop there.

I was flashed by a traffic light camera for going through the same intersection on Interstate 35 (Yea they have a traffic light on an interstate) on my way to work in Dayton Ohio. There has been much controversy over the legality of these type of citations. One was on Sept. 22, 2014 and I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 5, 2020

The statute of limitations is the time after an offense during which it must be charged. That happened way back when they sent you the tickets. They’re now in collection it sounds like. Ask the law firm for written proof of the debt. It’s your right under the fair debt collection practices act.... Read more »

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Q: Followed by officer, I went in a private parking lot, parked and went in store. Can I still get ticket from the officer?

So I was driving and changed the song on my phone, a police officer from the opposite lane over saw me, turned on his lights, and started making a u-turn my way. I quickly went in a private grocery parking lot, I parked my car, and went in the store. I saw the police officer driving around the... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 28, 2020

It sounds like you slipped away. But if he got your plate he could theoretically still issue a ticket.

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Q: Ok my boyfriend got a ticket the other night for a brake light out and for proof of insurance, and for his lost lisence
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 5, 2020

And what is your question? He needs to get his license and insurance situation squared away.

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Q: I live in Ohio. I'm a manager at a local newspaper. Is it illegal to have our carriers go left of center to deliver news
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 25, 2020

Yes. Your drivers have to obey all traffic laws just like everyone else.

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Q: What if my ticket isn’t in the system for court date ? The ticket was for speeding & was not mandatory court attendance.
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 19, 2020

A lot of times, courts won't put a case in the system for a non-mandatory traffic tickets until the initial court date on the ticket occurs. That is because they don't want to waste time adding it to the docket if the accused is just going to pay the ticket online or over the phone.... Read more »

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Q: can a non police officer issue a ticket in ohio?

i have been issued a ticket by a non police officer .

Brian Smith Esq
Brian Smith Esq answered on Mar 3, 2020

That is an unusual question. It might help to answer your question if we knew who issued the ticket. Just a citizen? Security guard? Of duty police officer? Was it a traffic ticket or a criminal charge? You may want to consult with a local attorney about the issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: My husband and I are both facing security suspensions. What are our rights amd now do we defend ourselves at our hearin
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 27, 2020

Your rights and the potential arguments you might be able to make in your defense could depend upon your particular situation. You could contact traffic ticket lawyers in Ohio who practice near the county where the matter is pending. Some offer free brief initial consults. Such a consult could help... Read more »

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Q: I need to know how to file a motion

Forgot to pay a speeding ticket and if I didn’t pay I had to do community service but I was in the process of moving to another state and completely forgot so I had two bench warrants out. I paid the ticket and my fines off but in order to get rid of the other bench warrant for my community... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Feb 13, 2020

Many court websites will have basic forms that citizens can download or print off and use. In this, many courts have a general motion form that can be filled out.

Or, you could hire an attorney who should be able to help you complete the process and help protect you.

I strongly...
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Q: I was recently pulled over by a state trooper on my way to work. When she pulled me over she asked if I knew why she was

pulling me over and I said No. She said You aren't wearing your seatbelt. I had forgotten to put it on before leaving my house, busy morning. She then asked me in passing if I knew if there was a license plate under the front bra of the car I was driving and I said I was pretty sure. I'm... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

An increasing number of local jurisdictions are making seatbelt infractions a primary offense (one for which you can be pulled over). You can check the local ordinances but chances it’s a primary offense where you were. The cost of the tickets varies from place to place.

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Q: Do I need a lawyer? Can I plead not guilty?

I was recently visiting Ohio, I am from California. I am 18 and have a permit but no license however my 20 year old brother who has a license was with me in the vehicle. I was stopped and have to show up to court in Ohio for driving at 101mph in a 70mph zone. The cop was using a lazer gun and when... Read more »

Avery T. Young
Avery T. Young answered on Jan 7, 2020

Given the excessive speed it would be in your best interest to consult with a lawyer. You do have the option to plead not guilty and your lawyer would then be able to advise you of your options from there.

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Q: Can you get out of a speeding ticket because of errors on the ticket?

My 16 year old son got a speeding ticket. The cop never told him how fast he was going but I saw after the fact it was 36mph over the limit. We got an attorney for court obviously, but I just noticed the time of the incident is wrong. It happened at 10:10pm. The ticket says 2:58pm. Does that error... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 15, 2019

Not really. If you were planning to try the case it might be part of a defense arguing the officer didn’t know what was going on, but it’s probably better to resolve with negotiation.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I was recently given a ticket for reckless driving. I have no prior incidents on my driving and no criminal record

I live in ohio, am a navy vet, and have a lawyer who will represent me in court. He has said that I do not have to show up, and that we will plead not guilty. Is this a good move and should I show up? I also have not signed a contract with him. Should I get a contract?

Patrick DiChiro
Patrick DiChiro answered on Nov 14, 2019

MOST COURTS IN OHIO ACCEPT FAXED OR E-MAIL NOT GUILTY PLEAS FROM ATTORNEYS. IT AVOIDS WASTING THE ATTORNEYS TIME SHOWING UP AT AN ARRAIGNMENT WHERE NOTHING REALLY GETS DONE OTHER THAN A PLEA ENTERED AND A JUDGE ASSIGNED.

SO IT DOES NOT HURT YOU TO NOT SHOW UP AT COURT.

AS FOR THE...
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Q: my ticket docket online says I have an “internal Warrant do not arrest”. What does this mean?

I had received a speeding ticket. It said personal appearance to court was not required so I didn’t go. Now when I look at my online ticket docket it says to apprehend defending and that a warrant was issued and post card was sent to defendants address but also says “Internal Warrant do not... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 2, 2019

It likely means you didn’t pay the ticket on time and the court has issued a summons—a letter to you saying you have to come to court—and made a note that you technically have a warrant but that you’re being given the opportunity to simply come or pay and it will be recalled.

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Q: In Ohio I got a ticket for expired tags not even a month after my b-day. I got new tags the same day I got pulled over.

2 weeks before my birthday to when I got pulled over I have had tons of life distractions. I got robbed and had been dealing with that. My son started school for the first time and I was occupied with getting him clothes and supplies. I’m a single father. It didn’t even register in my mind that... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

Plead not guilty and ask to talk to the prosecutor. You’ll get a pretrial date and you can explain what happened. Or you can have a lawyer do this for you. It’s not uncommon for such cases to result in a dismissal.

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Q: I received a ticket and I didn’t contest it originally but new details have surfaced proving I was in the right?

Do I have to pay the ticket or should I fight the court costs even admitting no contest at court

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

It’s kind of unclear where you are in the process. If you paid the ticket, it’s basically over. If you haven’t and can still go to court, you shouldn’t simply plead no contest, you should ask for a chance to speak with a prosecutor about reducing or dismissing the ticket.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Hi I have a question about a speeding ticket.

My boyfriend won a Lamborghini for a day and was showing me how the acceleration worked and briefly hit 130 MPH and slowed down. A police officer trailed us for a minute and then finally put on his lights and pulled us over. He hadn’t been drinking and the officer gave him a test and he passed.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 13, 2019

What exactly is your question? He should have a lawyer represent him in the traffic ticket. There’s nothing you can do about the local news. Man wins Lamborghini for a day and does 130 down Market Street is exactly the sort of thing local news stations cover.

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