At some point, every person has been guilty of speeding. Police officers, deputy sheriffs, and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol enforce traffic laws. These law enforcement officers are actively looking for drivers who, for example, drive faster than the speed limit, run a stop sign or red light, make a lane change without signaling, among hundreds of other offenses. When an officer sees one of these minor traffic offenses, they have the authority to order you to pull over and issue you a ticket.
Along with a ticket comes points issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The BMV is a large state agency that handles the licensing of drivers and registration of vehicles. When a driver is issued a ticket, the driver must usually appear in court. If the driver is found guilty of the traffic offense, the court will report the offense to the BMV. In turn, the BMV assesses points on the driver’s record. A driver who accumulates 12 points will be deemed a repeat offender and lose their privilege to drive. Although points will only stay on a driver’s license for two years, it's important to not let BMV points add up.
A traffic offense is minor because of the penalty associated with it, which is usually a minor misdemeanor (MM). Some minor traffic offenses include:
Following too closely
Failing to signal
Left of center
Traffic control device
Failure to assure a clear distance ahead
Failure to yield
Failure to control
The possible penalties for Speeding & Minor Traffic Offenses are usually limited to minor misdemeanor (MM) levels. However, the level of offense may increase to a jailable misdemeanor depending on the number of prior traffic convictions a person has within a period of time.
Have you been charged with a speeding ticket or traffic ticket? Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.