Traffic Violations

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Traffic Violation Lawyers in Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties. 

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Driving mistakes happen. Whether you have been stopped for speeding or disobeying a traffic rule, you may face a traffic ticket that could spiral into longer-term consequences, such as a license suspension. Our attorneys at Cross Law Office are deeply familiar with the local traffic laws and how to fight for your interests in court.

Drivers commonly believe that paying a traffic ticket is the most efficient way to resolve the violation. However, paying a ticket in some cases means admitting fault; fighting a ticket in court with an experienced traffic lawyer might very well be your best option for getting rid of the ticket while also protecting your driving record.

Contact Cross Law Office online or call 740-997-2004 for an initial consultation to discuss your traffic case in more detail. Representing drivers in Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties.

What are Common Traffic Offenses in Ohio?

Traffic violations include a range of driving-related offenses, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign
  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Following too closely
  • Doing a prohibited U-turn
  • Failing to stop for a school bus

Each offense is penalized differently, with citations calling for fines, possible jail time, license suspension, and points on your driver’s license.

For instance, speeding, which can occur by driving at an unreasonable and unsafe speed or by violating a posted speed limit, is punishable by the following based on the driver’s previous convictions:

  • First and second offenses – a minor misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $150
  • Third offense (within 1 year) – a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $250
  • Fourth or subsequent offense (within 1 year) – a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $500

Speeding offenses also all incur a certain number of points on your driver’s license (more about this below). Driving 30 mph or more over the speed limit will result in 4 points; going more than 10 mph over the speed limit in a 55 mph or higher zone or more than 5 mph in any other speed zone will result in 2 points. 

Ohio’s Points System for traffic violations

Ohio implements a point system for traffic violations. Points are assessed to a driver’s driving record for certain traffic violations and accumulating 12 points in a 2-year period could result in a period of license suspension. Some examples of point values assigned to traffic offenses are:

  • Speeding – 2-4 points
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign – 2 points
  • Making an illegal turn – 2 points
  • Fleeing or eluding law enforcement – 6 points
  • Reckless driving – 4 points
  • Driving on a suspended license – 6 points
  • Driving under the influence – 6 points

Points stay on your driving record permanently, but only points accumulated within the same 2-year period will be counted towards accumulated points for license suspension. Having 12 points in 2 years will result in 6 months of license suspension (though you have the opportunity appeal this suspension).

If you have been stopped for a traffic violation in Noble County, do not hesitate to contact an experienced traffic lawyer about your legal options. Our criminal defense attorneys at Cross Law Office can take a detailed look at your situation to help you better understand the potential penalties you are facing and how to combat the impact on your driving record.

Schedule an initial consultation with Cross Law Office to get started ASAP.


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