While every case is unique in its own way, I receive numerous calls with questions regarding traffic and speeding tickets. While there is not a single answer for every situation, below are common questions with basic answers:
Will I have to appear in court for the ticket?
Not necessarily. In many cases, clients may complete a notarized statement that I’ve prepared for them and submit to the court to waive their appearance. This, however, is in the court’s discretion. For local clients, I generally request that they appear unless there are employment or other circumstances that make it particularly difficult.
Will my case go to trial?
Not likely. There are any of a number of reasons for this. However, most traffic cases involve professional witnesses, i.e. police officers, and are difficult to win at trial. Most police officers do their job well and most clients are technically guilty. Therefore, most cases are resolved with the goal of obtaining the best possible outcome for the client. If there are issues that could get the ticket dismissed, of course, those are pursued.
Does the attorney fee cover all of the costs involved?
No. The attorney fee only covers my time to handle the case. Unless the case is dismissed, there will be fines and court costs which generally range from $50 to $200.
Will my insurance rates increase because of my traffic ticket?
Insurance rates are based on many factors including your age, prior driving record, the car you drive, and any discount programs for which you qualify. Different insurance companies handle tickets and points differently. In general, a driving record free of moving violations will allow you to obtain the best rates. However, there is no simple answer to this question.
Do you handle cases outside Central Ohio?
The general answer to this question is ‘No’. I handle cases anywhere in Ohio, however, in most minor traffic cases, paying an attorney to travel to a distant court does not make financial sense. The Ohio Supreme Court maintains a list of lawyer referral services throughout Ohio that could refer you to a qualified attorney.
Can you guarantee what will happen with my traffic ticket?
No. I have been successful in negotiating traffic tickets for many clients. However, there is no guarantee of any particular outcome. It is unethical for an attorney in Ohio to guarantee an outcome or accept a contingent fee for these type of cases.
What will happen to my out-of-state license when I receive a traffic ticket in Ohio?
Ohio is part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact. To determine the impact of a traffic ticket in Ohio on your out-of-state license, you must contact a local attorney or your local bureau of motor vehicles.