FIGHTING A SPEEDING TICKET IN COLUMBUS
Anyone who has driven in Columbus recently has probably seen police officers with radar guns on the lookout for speeding drivers. Now that orange cones and construction zones seem to again be everywhere on Columbus highways, officers are on even higher alert.
In fact, the Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio has handed out more than $400,000 in grants in 2012 to police agencies statewide to beef up traffic enforcement.
Speeding tickets in Ohio can cost you up to $150 in fines plus additional court costs, cost you points on your license, drive up your car insurance premiums, spark sanctions by your employer and even result in jail time for multiple offenses. Drivers can be charged with doubled fines if they are caught speeding through construction zones.
Hiring a lawyer can help–and can reduce your total costs. Most people just pay their tickets in full online or mail in their fine. But think twice before you pay the ticket. Receiving a citation for a speeding or other moving violation does not mean that you are guilty of the offense.
However, if you just pay the fine, it is the same as pleading guilty in court, and may make driving more expensive for you.
Points on your driving record could cause your auto insurance rates to go up considerably for several years. The Ohio point system adds two points to your license for driving more than 10 mph over the speed limit if the speed limit is 55 mph or more. If the speed limit is less than 55 mph, two points are added if you exceed the speed limit by more than 5 mph.
If you fight it, you could have that fine reduced, have the ticket reduced to no points or even get the ticket dismissed, depending on the facts of your case. In fact, the Columbus Dispatch reports that a review of more than 4,500 tickets issued in work zones around the I-71/670 interchange and on I-270 found that more than 93% of people who went to court instead of mailing a check or entering a credit-card number online walked away with reduced or dismissed fines.
Hiring an attorney can save you the headache of waiting in long lines at the courthouse, taking off work to appear for your court date, fighting downtown traffic and parking, and navigating a very busy and sometimes confusing municipal court building.
What’s more, we have defended so many speeding tickets that we can quickly analyze the facts of your case and raise defenses needed to give you the best chance at the best outcome for your speeding charge. For example, we may investigate whether there were any problems with calibration of the officer’s radar gun or whether any record keeping issue could get your case reduced or dismissed. Potential outcomes to resolve your speeding or traffic ticket might include: an option to dismiss the case for court costs, a deferred finding, diversion, reduction to non-moving or equipment violations, as well as avoiding points on your license.
EXPERIENCED COLUMBUS TRAFFIC ATTORNEY
As an experienced traffic and speeding defense attorney, Doug Riddell has extensive experience defending against traffic violations, speeding tickets, and traffic citation cases. He handles minor misdemeanor, misdemeanor and felony charges ranging from speeding violations to reckless driving to drunk driving to vehicular felony charges. Mr. Riddell regularly represents clients facing speeding and other traffic tickets throughout Central Ohio, including:
- Grandview Heights
- Grove City
- Lewis Center
- Marble Cliff
- New Albany
- Plain City
- Upper Arlington