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Will a speeding ticket add points to my Ohio Drivers License?
Generally, a typical speeding citation carries a penalty of 2 points on your Ohio Driver’s License. This number can vary both upwards and downwards, depending upon the exact speed which you ultimately plea to at the time of adjudication by the Court. Examples of point variations include 4 points when the driver is cited for greater than 30 mph over the speed limit and 0 points when the driver is under a certain excessive speed, which depends on location and type of road (i.e. 4 mph over the limit on most local, slower roads).
Can you tell me more about Ohio’s “point system”?
Point systems vary by state and driving offense. For education purposes only, Ohio has a 12 point system. A courtesy warning letter is typically issued to the driver when he or she has accumulated 6 points on their license. If the driver accumulates a total of 12 points within a given time period, then his or her license is suspended. Examples of points include 2 points for most minor moving violations, such as Speeding, Marked Lanes, and Traffic Control Devices. An OVI (DUI) can carry 6 points on an Ohio Driver’s License.
Is there a class to reduce points on my Ohio Driver’s License?
In many situations, you may call your local Ohio BMV for a list of approved course providers offering some sort of “defensive driving courses.” These classes typically charge a fee, however they may be able to offer a 2 point reduction on your driver’s license. In many situations, a 2 point reduction may lower your insurance rates and may help keep you further away from the 12 point license suspension limit.
Is there an advantage to hiring a traffic attorney?
YES! France Law Group attorneys frequently appear in most local courts handling traffic citations on behalf of our clients. While no attorney can guarantee an outcome, in many cases we are able to resolve your traffic citation for less points on your license, as opposed to the driver simply paying the ticket. Spending a nominal amount on attorney fees may save you much more on future insurance rates. In many cases, our traffic attorneys are able to take care of the entire matter without the client having to attend the court hearing date, thus less time lost from work.
For everyone’s safety, it is important that drivers take extra care when passing through a construction zone. Penalties are typically enhanced when a driver commits an infraction within these zones. Your traffic citation should contain a construction zone box indicating whether or not you were within a construction zone.
But I didn’t mean to speed?
Under Ohio law, a speeding law are “per se”, meaning that a mental state (i.e. intent to drive in excess of the posted speed limit) is not required. Thus, it is considered speeding whether you are one mile over the posted speed limit, or twenty over the limit.
What is an example of a traffic scenario which could quickly lead to a license suspension in Ohio?
When a licensed Ohio driver accumulates 12 points on his or her Ohio driver license. that license is suspended. When a licensed Ohio driver accumulates six (6) points, the Ohio BMV typically issues a warning letter to the Ohio driver. Certain traffic offenses carry an automatic six (6) points, not to mention any accompanying traffic offense which likely occurred during the same traffic stop. For example, an Ohio police officer may pull you over for both Speeding (2 points), and Marked Lanes (2 points). During the traffic stop, the driver is determined to be intoxicated, resulting in an OVI (6 points). In this particular scenario, the Ohio driver needs an experienced Ohio traffic law attorney as he or she is looking at the possibility of 10 points on his or her Ohio driver license. Also, consider the possibility that this same driver may have had some points earlier this year, such a one speeding ticket a few months ago (2 points). In this example, the driver’s Ohio license is suspended, unless they can keep their total point level under 12. An experienced France Law Group traffic attorney will work hard to help minimize the damage to your Ohio driver license. With the help of an experienced Ohio traffic attorney, it is possible to resolve the situation with less points on your Ohio driver license. Results vary and prior traffic records are considered by most Courts in Ohio.
What are some examples of Ohio traffic offenses which carry 6 points?
Several traffic offenses in Ohio carry 6 points on your Ohio driver license. Some examples include the following: OVI/DUI, Flee/Elude Officer; Drag Racing, and Hit/Skip/Leave Scene of Accident.
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