Traffic Ticket Penalties
Fines for even a speeding ticket in Ohio can be steep. However, more is at stake than simply the fine on a traffic ticket.
- Points can accumulate on your driving record leading to automatic suspension of your license.
- You may face jail time, probation, license suspension, and/or vehicle immobilization for your traffic ticket.
- A traffic ticket may impact your insurance rates.
- A driver's license is needed for most day-to-day activities and work purposes.
Most traffic tickets are minor misdemeanors which, in Ohio, face a maximum possible penalty of a $150 fine plus court costs. These included speeding, ACDA, failure to control, traffic light violations, equipment violations, and other minor traffic violations. Most of these offenses are subject to set fine schedules determined by the court which allow you to simply plead guilty and pay the ticket usually for $90 to $130. Depending on the number of prior traffic violations in the past 12 months, some traffic tickets can be enhanced to more serious misdemeanors which carry the possibility of a jail sentence.
Other traffic tickets carry the possibility of jail from 30 to 180 days and/or a fine of $250 to $1000. These included drunk driving, driving under suspension, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with no operator license, drag racing, and other more serious traffic violations.
Convictions for moving violations also generally add points to your license, while non-moving violations do not have points assessed.