Helping Clients Navigate Traffic Offenses in Ohio
Facing a traffic offense in Ohio can be a daunting experience, with potential penalties that range from fines and points on your driving record to license suspension and even imprisonment. In these situations, you need an advocate on your side who can protect your rights and driving privileges.
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we understand the importance of maintaining a clean driving record. If you are charged with a traffic offense, our attorneys can help you fight against the citation and reduce or avoid potentially damaging consequences. If you’re facing a traffic offense, contact the Ohio traffic offense lawyers at Patituce & Associates.
We Represent Several Types of Ohio Traffic Cases
Navigating the repercussions of a traffic citation can be complicated. However, simply paying the fine is essentially admitting guilt, which may lead to points on your driver’s license and increased insurance premiums. In these situations, it is important to work with an Ohio traffic offenses lawyer who can help you contest the citation or negotiate a more favorable outcome.
The Ohio criminal defense attorneys at Patituce & Associates, LLC represent clients in a variety of traffic matters, including the following:
- Speeding tickets: Violations of speed limits or driving at a speed deemed unreasonable for road conditions are prohibited under O.R.C. 4511.21.
- Texting while driving citations: According to O.R.C. 4511.204, drivers can be charged with a minor misdemeanor for using a handheld electronic device to write, send, or read texts while driving on public roads, barring certain exceptions such as emergency use.
- Running red light/stop sign tickets: Under O.R.C. 4511.12, drivers must obey all traffic control devices. Failure to do so can result in serious penalties, which escalate based on the number of offenses.
- CDL holders/truckers citations: Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders found guilty of traffic law violations can face CDL disqualification, which ranges from 60 days to life, during which no CDL privileges are permitted.
- Insurance lapses: O.R.C. 4509.01 requires drivers to maintain valid insurance on their vehicles, including minimum liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage. Failure to provide proof of insurance can result in a license suspension.
- Occupational licenses: Individuals with suspended driver’s licenses can apply for an occupational license, which grants limited driving privileges for specific purposes. However, failing to comply with the conditions of the license could result in an unclassified misdemeanor charge.
How to Defend Against a Traffic Ticket
Successfully defending against a traffic ticket requires a deep understanding of Ohio traffic laws and the specifics of your case. An Ohio traffic offense attorney will take the time to learn about your case and develop a unique defense strategy tailored to your situation. To contest the traffic citation, your attorney may:
- Assess the validity of the ticket: We’ll examine the details of your citation, identify any errors or inconsistencies, and determine if there are grounds for dismissal.
- Gather evidence: We will collect any necessary evidence to support your case, such as dashcam footage, witness statements, and expert testimony.
- Take charge of negotiations: In some cases, we may be able to negotiate to reduce the charges, minimize the fines, or prevent points from being added to your driving record.
- Represent you in court: If necessary, your lawyer will take your case to court, presenting a compelling defense and advocating for your best interests.
Contact Patituce & Associates, LLC Today
If you are charged with a traffic offense in Ohio, do not wait to seek help. Contact Patituce & Associates, LLC today to schedule a free case consultation and learn more about your legal options. Call us at 440-427-3860 or fill out our online contact form to get started.