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FIGHTING A SPEEDING TICKET IN COLUMBUS / FRANKLIN COUNTY

Anyone who has driven in Columbus / Franklin County 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.

Minor misdemeanor 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.

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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 reported a few years ago 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 or charges.

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 Franklin County Municipal Court building.

What’s more, our attorneys will investigate potential defuses, such as whether there were any problems with calibration of the officer’s radar gun, problems with the officer’s pacing procedure, with the availability of expert testimony, 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, traffic diversion (in which your case would be dismissed after completion of an online driver safety class), reduction to non-moving or equipment violations, as well as avoiding points on your license.

OHIO SPEEDING TICKETS: HOW MANY POINTS?

Speeding OffensePoints Assessed
Exceeding the speed limit by 30 or more mph4
If speed limit is 55 mph or more: Driving 1-10 mph over the limit0
If speed limit is 55 mph or more: Driving 11-29 mph over the limit2
If speed limit is less than 55 mph: Driving 1-5 mph over the limit0
If speed limit is less than 55 mph: Driving 6-29 mph over the limit2

COLUMBUS CONSTRUCTION ZONE SPEEDING TICKETS

Franklin County is littered with construction zones throughout our local highways and on local roads in Columbus and surrounding suburbs. Construction zones were once a staple of the spring and summer seasons, but now orange barrels can be found throughout the year in Columbus and the state of Ohio.

When construction zones are in place, reduced speed limit signs emerge to encourage safer driving in those areas. Highway areas along I270, I71, I70, and I670 that are normally 65mph zones are reduced to 55mph and even 45mph speed zones.

Unfortunately for drivers passing through these reduced speed zones, local law enforcement (Columbus police, Ohio Highway Patrol) saturate these areas and issues hundreds of speeding tickets and other traffic tickets to unsuspecting drivers. Many drivers are unaware of the reduced speed limit as they pass into the construction zone.

Construction zones speeding tickets in Ohio are minor misdemeanor tickets that carry higher fines, points on your license, and potential consequences to your insurance. Instead of paying your traffic ticket and incurring those points on your driving record, it may be beneficial to seek an experienced traffic attorney to contest the ticket and ensure the construction zone ticket does not go on your traffic record.

Our attorneys at Riddell Law work in the Franklin County Municipal Court every day defending traffic tickets in the construction zone. We study the construction zones, examine defects in the speed limit signage, study officer’s procedures and radar equipment, and use our knowledge to reduce and dismiss speeding tickets throughout central Ohio.

EXPERIENCED FRANKLIN COUNTY / 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 misdemeanor charges ranging from speeding violations to reckless driving to drunk driving and other serious misdemeanors.  

Mr. Riddell regularly represents clients facing speeding and other traffic tickets throughout Franklin County and surrounding areas, including:

At Riddell Law, we pride ourselves on client communication, zealous representation, and flat fee pricing.

To begin the process and discuss representation for your Columbus, Ohio traffic ticket, call Attorney Doug Riddell directly at 614-361-2804, email him at doug@riddelllaw.com, or fill out the confidential contact form to the right.

Because we know speeding and traffic tickets often do not occur during 9:00-5:00 working hours, we are there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays. 

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