In the majority of cases, an action that results in a traffic ticket will just be considered a violation of Ohio moving laws. This isn’t something that will result in criminal charges or go on a criminal record, and you likely won’t have to worry about losing your license or facing any jail time. Instead, these infractions will result in you needing to pay a fine, and maybe you’ll get points on your license, depending on the offense.
However, there are some circumstances in which multiple moving violations of the same type in a single year will result in them being classified as misdemeanors, which open you up to some greater potential penalties. In such a situation, you’ll want to work with a traffic attorney in Ohio to make sure you protect your rights and avoid overly harsh penalties.
But what exactly is a moving law, and how are they addressed? Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about the process of dealing with moving violations in Ohio courts.
Dealing with traffic violations
One thing you will need to be aware of when dealing with traffic violations is the points system that the state of Ohio uses for such violations. The state will add points to your driver’s license when you commit certain types of moving violations. If you get too many points, you could lose your license, or at least have it suspended.
The majority of moving violations are for two points, though there are some that are worth more, such as four points for reckless driving and six points for drunk driving. Receiving 12 or more points on your license within a two-year span will result in losing your license for six months. In addition, once every three years, you are allowed to take a driver safety course, which will help you get two points taken off your license.
If you find yourself in a situation where your traffic violation may rise to the level of a minor misdemeanor due to a recent history of repeated violations, you could face consequences such as license suspension, increased insurance rates and some significant fines. In some cases, jail time might also be a possibility, and if the violation involved you being under the influence of alcohol, you might be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
An enhanced offense (a moving violation that elevates to misdemeanor level) could include moving violations such as turning violations, improper passing, speeding or improper backing, among other common moving violations. If, for example, you get too many speeding tickets within a single year, you could spend up to 60 days in jail, depending on the circumstances. If you cause an injury in an accident, you might also face felony charges, particularly if you already have a history of enhanced offenses.
To learn more about the moving violation with which you have been charged and the potential consequences you face, we encourage you to contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer at Herzner Law, LLC with your questions about Ohio moving laws.
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