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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.

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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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Q: My son was pulled over today for speeding. The county is Cuyahoga county. On Gates Mills road. He was going 68 in a 35.

He just turned 16 in May and has a clear record and no other traffic violations. Will this result in a suspended license? (weather was clear and perfect.) (no one else was on the road)

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 5, 2019

It’s quite likely his license will be suspended. You should hire an attorney.

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Q: In Ohio, if I pay for my ticket do I still have to go into court?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 15, 2019

It depends on the ticket. Some are waiverable (pay and don’t go to court) some aren’t

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Q: ACDA ticket was marked 'no' appearance. Officer also repeatedly stated that I didn't have to appear. However, when I go

To court website, it says arraignment. ACDA with injury is an automatic appearance. Passenger of vehicle I hit sought treatment for 'neck pain' without any obvious signs of injury. This is most likely why officer put I didn't have to appear. May I fight this and sue. I'm really tired of government... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2019

You need to appear. Don’t take legal advice from police officers.

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Q: I got a traffic ticket from CLE. in the mail claiming a camera caught me speeding but its not my vehicle. What do i do?

my ticket came from cleveland ohio and i live over two hours from there and have not been there in years. Plus the vehicle in the picture is a silver van and i drive a white truck. I believe the confusion came from the license plate number being almost identical to mine. what should i do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 30, 2019

The mailing includes instructions for disputing the ticket. Unfortunately, it may not be worth it since those are usually a $100 fine and no points and you may be required to attend a hearing to dispute it.

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Q: Court Costs if I plead no guilty?

If I plead not guilty for a seat belt ticket and go to trial about it, will it cost me more if I lost than if I waive it and paid? In other words, are the 'court costs' they charge if you plead guilty and pay the same as if you pleaded not guilty and lost? In Butler Cty court. If it would cost... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 8, 2019

It will cost more if you go to trial and lose.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an officer pull into a private parking lot and then begin to tail you

I'm was sitting at a wendys in the town I live in in ohio which has a private parking lot chatting with an friend while chatting with her I notice a police cruiser a block down road on the opposite side of 5 laned road at stop sign he then pulled onto the road and into the wendys as she went I side... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 28, 2019

He can follow you sure. Did you signal the turn into the gas station? If not, then he’s got you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I was at fault but I know it wasn't my fault. How can I get them to pay for my damages?

I was in a no injury , car accident yesterday. I was cited and considered at fault. They said I ran a red light. Which I did not I even said the light was yellow as I was moving through an intersection. A truck in the left turn lane hit me as I was going straight. My car is most likely a total loss... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 24, 2019

I'm glad you were not injured. But from the standpoint of liability, the citation and your statement that the light was yellow place you in a difficult position. If it's possible to retrieve video imagery of the accident that might support your position, that's a possibility to explore. But four... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I hit a parked car on private property in Ohio. The other party called the police.

I received citations for driving under suspension and driving with no insurance. Can the police cite me on private property even if that company has cameras?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

I'm not sure what private property has to do with cameras. You caused destruction of property. The police may investigate that. If they find you are driving under suspension with no insurance, likewise. You are looking at a looooooooooooooong suspension, as the Judge may figure the first one didn't... Read more »

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Q: Can a cop give dus when no one was in the vehicle?

My truck was parked on side of the road helping with a broke down vehicle. I wasn't in it or seen driving it. Cop ran plates and saw suspended license. I was charged with driving under suspension. Will that stick in court? There was a licensed driver who could have been driving.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 11, 2019

That’s not a great case for the state especially if there was a second driver on scene who could have been driving you truck. I wouldn’t be surprised if the officer’s version of events is different from yours.

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Q: Will I get my license taken?

I got a reckless op ticket for going 63 in a 25, will I get my license suspended? I just turned 16 a month and a half ago

Denise Rini Esq
Denise Rini Esq answered on May 8, 2019

Depending on the County, most likely it will be mandatory for a suspension.

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Q: I plead not guilty to a traffic ticket and was not offered a public defender is this legal ?

I went into court for a traffick ticket for not removing my keys from my vehicle. This occured at my resdential house and the car was locked. They are trying to get me with part B of the law which states that if i have had one predicate traffic violation in 1 year its a 4th degree mistemandor. I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 1, 2019

You have a right to an attorney if you face a possible jail sanction. If it’s just a minor misdemeanor traffic ticket (punishable only by a fine), there is no right to counsel at public expense though you can still hire an attorney. Also, you may want to ask for attorney. You have a right to one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: Officer gave me a breathalyzer test and two more 45 min later. Which bac is he allowed to use on ticket?

I blew .069 at the time of the stop. 45 min later at the station I blew two more times. The results then were .088 and then .09. Officer wrote .088 on ticket and my license was suspended under ALS

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 26, 2019

The test you take at the station is the admissible test. They typically write the lowest number from two or three tests at the station, which it appears the officer in this case did. You should hire an attorney.

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Q: If a person doesn’t have their license and this is the 4th time they got caught speeding without a license what will

Happen

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 25, 2019

Eventually, they’ll go to jail. The courts will work with people up to a point. Each judge’s breaking point is a bit different. But #4 without a license is over many of them.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 17 and was just pulled over for doing 90 in a 55. What can I expect. He will be getting a court date. First.

First time being pulled over. Under age, 17.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 23, 2019

License suspension and a fine, with the judge likely to be angered by him endangering others and acting totally irresponsibly. Parents also might get a lecture from the judge.

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Q: If my son who is 16 was caught going 48 in 25 how likely is he to get his license suspended first offense

16 years old first offense

Ali W Latif
Ali W Latif answered on Apr 19, 2019

A standard ticket for speeding 23 m.p.h. over the limit typically carries two points on one's driving record and a fine. Fines typically range from $150-500, depending on the jurisdiction. If your son accumulates 12 or more points within 2 years his license will be suspended for 6 months. The... Read more »

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