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Right of Way Charge Dismissed for Failure to Prove All Elements Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

July 12, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Right of Way Charge Dismissed for Failure to Prove All Elements Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

When a criminal or traffic case goes to trial, the prosecutor is required to prove ALL elements of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  That is a fairly high burden and often cannot be met.   Here, for example, the defendant was charged with violating a right-of-way at intersections law.  But the officer charged […]

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Is Expert Testimony Necessary to Prove Reliability of Moving Radar or Laser Speed Devices in Ohio?

January 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Is Expert Testimony Necessary to Prove Reliability of Moving Radar or Laser Speed Devices in Ohio?

The Eighth District Court of Appeals decided an interesting case last week regarding expert testimony, judicial notice and radar speed guns in Ohio.  Cleveland v. Craig, 2013-Ohio-5742.  The case delves into the history of radar speed devices and the ways in which Ohio courts have tested and determined their accuracy from the 1950’s forward. The facts […]

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Ohio’s New “Move Over” Law

December 30, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Ohio’s New “Move Over” Law

The Columbus Dispatch today has an article discussing Ohio’s revised “move over” law. The new law is found is R.C. 4511.213, which says that a driver, upon approaching a stationary public safety vehicle, an emergency vehicle, tow truck, construction, maintenance or public utilities vehicle must either: (1) If there are at least two lanes going […]

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Should I Just Plead “No Contest”?

November 16, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Should I Just Plead “No Contest”?

I am in court around the Greater Columbus area every day and have the opportunity to see many people come to court for their traffic or criminal matter without an attorney.  In many of those cases, the defendant goes in front of the judge and pleads “no contest.”  And, inevitably, they are then found guilty […]

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Attention Westerville Speeders: Eyes in the Sky Are Watching

July 22, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Attention Westerville Speeders: Eyes in the Sky Are Watching

The Columbus Dispatch reported last week on the single engine Cessna used by Westerville police to catch speeders along Polaris Parkway and Sunbury Road.  Since 2010, the Westerville Police Department has used the plane — and a private pilot — to monitor speeders and radio officers on the ground to pull over the offending vehicle. […]

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Suspended License? Payment Plans Now Available to Pay BMV Reinstatement Fees

July 16, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Suspended License? Payment Plans Now Available to Pay BMV Reinstatement Fees

Effective yesterday, Ohio has installment plans available to drivers with suspended licenses unable to pay their reinstatement fees. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law directing the BMV to adopt rules that permit a driver to pay reinstatement fees in installments. (ORC 4510.10).  Since April of 2012, the law has allowed a driver to […]

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Its Official: (Some) Ohio Highways are Now 70 MPH

July 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Its Official: (Some) Ohio Highways are Now 70 MPH

  If you can believe it, July 1 is already here.  Where has the summer gone? What does July 1 bring?  Start your engines because starting today there are new higher speed limits on Ohio highways.  Today is the first day of the new 70 mph limit on many Ohio highways.  According to the Columbus […]

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Operation Shield Leads to More Than 150 Arrests in Columbus

June 11, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Operation Shield Leads to More Than 150 Arrests in Columbus

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Columbus police arrested 163 people over the weekend as part of “Operation Shield.” “Operation Shield” was a joint law enforcement effort involving Franklin County deputy sheriffs, Columbus police, state troopers and the U.S. Marshals Service.  The effort focused on the part of the Franklin County south of I-70. More than 2,200 […]

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New 70 MPH Speed Limits in Ohio Beginning July 1, 2013

May 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on New 70 MPH Speed Limits in Ohio Beginning July 1, 2013

Good news for Ohio drivers with lead feet.  On some Ohio highways, the speed limit will be going up to 70 mph on July 1, 2013. Under the new law, drivers will be permitted to drive 70 mph on rural interstates.  Drivers will also be allowed to drive 65 mph on certain urban outer belts. […]

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Speeding Conviction Overturned

April 23, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Columbus Traffic Law   |   Comments Off on Speeding Conviction Overturned

In this case, the officer observed a car that appeared to be traveling above the posted speed limit of 65 mph.  He took two measurements of the car’s speed with a laser speed detector.  Based on those, he stopped the car, which was driven by the defendant, and cited him with speeding in violation of […]

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