Columbus Traffic Lawyer – Protecting your driving rights

Today, traffic violations are commonplace. This happens to hundreds of Columbus residents daily, and when it does, many feel wrongly accused. Even when people are not guilty, they are often so busy with the hustle and bustle of Columbus city life that they simply can’t afford to take time off of work in order to fight a traffic ticket. It’s not often that someone thinks about hiring a traffic lawyer.

Some may even think “Why would a judge take my word over the police officer’s anyway?” So, they simply follow the instructions on the ticket, mail in the fine, and suffer the consequences. Big mistake! Traffic violations carry specific penalties and fines. For example, some violations can put points on your license, raise your insurance premiums and in more severe cases cause for your license to be suspended. This is where a traffic lawyer can help.

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What can a traffic lawyer do for me?

Don’t just sit back and accept points and fines. Don’t ignore traffic tickets, thinking them inconsequential. Have an experienced traffic lawyer on your side.

Tickets you should consider contesting include:

Speeding

Speeding has become the norm in our society. In most situations, law enforcement does not bother with people exceeding the speed limit by less than 10mph on highways – particularly if the driver is going with the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, not all police are lenient or understanding of traffic flow. Because of this, speeding tickets are something that almost all drivers encounter at some point in their life.

In Ohio, drivers who hare charged with speeding are at risk of facing significant fines and possibly license suspensions. Although, the fine involved with traffic citations should be your least concern. The bigger issue is the number of points that the offense carries and the number of points currently assessed against your license. The more points you have, the higher the cost of auto insurance. You may even become “uninsurable” or require high-risk insurance if you have too many moving violations.

How many points will go on my record from Speeding Ticket?

In Columbus, you can recieve a speeding ticket for exceeding the posted speed limit by as little as 1 mph. The amount of points assessed to your driver record is based upon the amount you are traveling in excess of the posted limit. The State of Ohio will suspend a driver’s license if 12 or more points are accumulated within a 2-year period.

Ohio Point System for Speeding:

Speed Limit 1-5 mph over:      (55 mph or less = 0 points) (55 mph+ = 0 points)

Speed Limit 6-10 mph over:    (55 mph or less = 2 points) (55 mph+ = 0 points)

Speed Limit 11-29 mph over:  (55 mph or less = 2 points) (55 mph+ = 2 points)

Speed Limit 30+ mph over:      (55 mph or less = 4 points) (55 mph+ = 4 points)

 
How can I fight a speeding ticket?

Every case is different and the specifics surrounding your case will ultimately determine our best defense. However, there are common issues that we will examine in every case.

Laser: It’s possible to challenge the reliability of the laser device the arresting officer used. For example, was it calibrated correctly? Also, how was the laser maintained? Lastly, were there any mechanical problems in the past? If any of these are found to be an issue, it could be grounds for dismissal.

Pacing: You may not be familiar with this term. Pacing is a term used to describe a method of determining your speed, where the officer attempts to match your speed with this cruiser to see if you are driving over the limit. However, this is a very unreliable method of tracking your speed and therefore, can easily be challenged.

At Akamine Law, we review any and all factors that may help us defeat the speeding allegation. Hiring an experienced traffic lawyer is a good first step towards protecting your ability to drive. The call is free and completely confidential. Let’s get started.

Reckless Driving

It’s virtually impossible to be a perfect driver at all times. Whether a result of inattention or distraction, people often exceed the speed limit, change lanes without signaling, or perform other unsafe maneuvers. While such actions may be uncommon or even an isolated incident, they nonetheless have the potential for a reckless driving charge.

Reckless Driving, as set forth in Ohio Revised Code §4511.20, can be a serious charge. The effects of a guilty plea can be far-reaching. The penalties can include costly fines, points on your driving record, a possible suspension of your driver’s license, and even jail time. You need an experienced traffic lawyer to aggressively defend your rights.

 
What constitutes as Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is defined as a person driving a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other persons or property. So, if you’re driving in a dangerous manner that poses a risk of harm to people or property, you could be cited for this offense.

Examples of reckless driving:

  • Driving at an excessive speed which places yourself, other motorists, or pedestrians at risk
  • Switching lanes swiftly and carelessly or without regard to surrounding traffic
  • Deliberately tailgating another vehicle (failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead)
  • Driving in the wrong direction down a one way street

 

Reckless Driving vs. Careless Driving

You may wonder why you received the more serious reckless driving charge, rather than the charge of Careless Driving. Most likely, the reason is that the ticketing officer believed you were “willfully” driving dangerously, as opposed to acting negligently. “Willfull” is the key factor and is, therefore, the element we will focus on in attempting to beat a reckless driving ticket.

Possible penalties for reckless driving.

A first offense State (city ordinances may be more severe) reckless operation with no previous predicate traffic offenses is a minor misdemeanor. However, if you have one or more predicate traffic offenses, the penalties are increased and can include:

  • License suspension of 6 months to 3 years
  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • Four points on your driving record
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Fines up to $500.00

At Akamine Law, we’ll review all factors that may constitute a defense to the reckless driving charge. It’s important to remember that the prosecutor must be able to prove all the elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a difficult burden when the State must rely on the subjective observations of law enforcement. Therefore, it is extremely important to have a traffic lawyer familiar with law enforcement fallibilities.

Driving with a Suspended License

Have you been stopped by the police and find out, just then, that your license is suspended? If so, this is more common than you may think. Often a person is not even aware that his or her license has been suspended. Here’s what you need to know if you are driving with a license suspension in Ohio. 

What does it mean to be Driving Under A Suspended License?

Driving under a Suspended License is defined, generally, as operating a motor vehicle on public roads or highways when a person’s operating privilege has been suspended or revoked by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In fact, it’s common for a person to never receive the notice of the suspension. Although a lack of notice is not a defense with these cases, an experienced attorney can help you avert some of the worst consequences of driving under a license suspension.

Here are some additional explanations for why your license may have been suspended:

  • A previous DUI / OVI
  • Failing to provide proof of insurance for a prior citation
  • Not responding to a random BMV insurance verification mailing 
  • Unpaid fines or traffic tickets
  • Missing a scheduled court date 
What are the possible consequences of driving while suspended?

If convicted of driving under suspension, you could be facing significant fines of up to $1,000, additional license suspension time, and hours of community service. In addition, your car can also be impounded under certain circumstances. Which in turn, means even more in fines, tow and storage fees, and required court documentation to get your car back.

What can a traffic lawyer do for me?

First, we seek to minimize the penalties and avoid a jail sentence. Second, we address the root issue and direct you towards the fastest route reinstating your license.

It’s not uncommon for us to discover that your license suspension was not properly imposed and to have the charge dismissed in its entirety. Also, if needed, we are often able to negotiate a plea which avoids any further suspension of your license, so you get back on the road faster. Above all, the call is free and completely confidential. Let’s get started.

Driving without Insurance

In order to register and legally operate a vehicle in Ohio, motorists are required to maintain auto insurance. This requirement is in place to protect all drivers in the event of an accident. Driving without motor vehicle insurance can lead to a number of serious problems. The most obvious consequence is that, if you are in an accident, you are personally responsible for damages. Additionally, if you are ever cited for a traffic offense and do not have insurance, your license could be suspended.

Driving without insurance can lead to a seemingly unending series of suspensions and reinstatement fees. The best hope of avoiding such a situation is, of course, to maintain insurance at all times. However, it’s understandable that people inadvertently miss a payment or forget to renew their policy. If such a situation arises and you’ve been cited, it’s important to avoid any case resolution that includes a license suspension.

What can a traffic lawyer do for me?

If you were cited with a traffic offense and had no insurance coverage, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced traffic lawyer. We can either seek a dismissal or negotiate a plea that preserves your license.

Whatever your traffic violation may be, you need an experinced traffic lawyer that is dedicated to protect your driving privledges. The case review is free, completely confidental and above all, a simple phone call is first step in protecting your rights. Lets get started.

TRAFFIC LAWYER NATHAN AKAMINE

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