Did you know that traffic violations are crimes according to Ohio law? The accumulation of points from tickets can lead to the suspension of your license and expensive fines. Multiple and more serious offenses may lead to the permanent loss of driving privileges and even jail time.
Ohio law assesses points against your driver license for each traffic conviction. Drivers may accumulate up to 12 points in a two-year period. Once 12 points have been accumulated, your license will be suspended, which means that, legally, you may no longer drive.
Points vary based upon the offense. For example, running a stop sign is a 2-point offense. More serious violations, like Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI), sometimes referred to as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), are 6-point offenses and can result in immediate suspension of your license and even jail time.
An experienced and skilled lawyer can help you limit the consequences of traffic violations. The points accumulate, so a series of smaller offenses can add up quickly to the loss of your license. Repeat offenses and the accumulation of points affect your insurance rates, credit rating and even your employment. Multiple OVI/DUI charges can result in the installation of an “interlock device” on your automobile, along with special license plates, which is embarrassing and inconvenient.
The lawyers at Gorman Malarcik Pierce are experienced with fighting traffic violations. Charges for OVI/DUI can often be defended based upon the process and equipment used for field sobriety tests. Our team understands the accepted standards and procedures for the various tests. Often other citations can be challenged based upon the facts. It may be possible for you to take driving classes to offset points against your license. Once your license suspension is complete, we can assist you with restoring your driving privileges.
Traffic charges are serious: they can affect your future employment, your family life, your finances, and your freedom.
The court process moves quickly, and the sooner you have a criminal defense lawyer working for you, the more likely you will have a good result.
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