An important part of driving safely is knowing how to drive under special circumstances, like on one way roads. Breaking the rules on a one way road could end in injury. These potentially dangerous roads are regulated and often enforced by both state and municipal ordinances.
A violation for unlawfully navigating a one-way road could have serious consequences on your life and driving record. To avoid this lasting impact, you made need the help of an experienced Columbus traffic defense lawyer.
Driving on roadways, including one way roads, is regulated by statute 4511.25 of the Ohio traffic code.
Most tickets for failing to obey the rules of a one way road are minor misdemeanors that are punishable by up to $150 in fines. However, if you plead or are found guilty of a violation and have previously been convicted of another traffic offense within the last year, you may be found guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor which is punishable by up to $250 in fines and 30 days in jail. If you have two or more previous traffic violations in the last year you may be found guilty of a 3rd degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500 in fines and 60 days in jail.
Other Potential Consequences
A one way road violation can have many other potential consequences, especially if you already have other violations on your driving record. Possible consequences include:
- Driver’s License Points – Violations on a one way road adds 2 points to your license in Ohio. If you have over 12 points on your license, the BMV will automatically suspend your driving privileges for six months. Depending on your driving record, those two points could push you into an automatic suspension.
- Background Checks – Today, many institutions and organizations run background checks on applicants. This means employers, colleges, and licensing organizations like the state Bar. Having a one way road violation on your record, especially if it’s in conjunction with several other violations, could make it harder for you to secure employment or get into a university. If driving is part of your current job, your employer may run periodic background checks. Violations on your record could lead to probation or even termination from employment.
- Higher Insurance – Insurance providers use traffic violations and points on your license to calculate what kind of risk you are, and what kind of rate you qualify for. More violations on your record means higher risk for insurance companies, and higher insurance premiums for you. Insurance rates can rise with as little as one violation on your record.
- Civil Liability – Depending on the circumstances leading to your ticket, you could be exposed to civil liability. If you were in an accident or injured another driver or pedestrian, or caused damage to someone’s property, you may be sued. A failure to control violation may be offered as evidence of proof of your guilt, increasing the chances of a judgment against you.
How a Lawyer can Help
A Columbus traffic defense lawyer will help you fight your ticket by exploring a number of possible defenses on your behalf. Possible defenses include:
- Poor Visibility – If a sign denoting a one way road was not visible at the time of your alleged offense due to no fault of your own, this may be a defense against a violation. Your lawyer will help collect evidence of the visibility at the scene and testimony of any witnesses to help build this defense.
- Another Driver was at Fault – If another driver was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly and caused a collision on a one way road, this could be a defense against a violation. Your lawyer will interview any possible witnesses to find out what they saw or heard.
- You Actually Weren’t Breaking a Law – Police officers are capable of making mistakes, and it’s possible that you actually weren’t breaking any traffic violations while traveling on a one way road. Your lawyer will interview any witnesses and your ticketing officer about what they heard and saw, and how and why they concluded your conduct was unlawful in order to help build your defense.
- Good Driving Record – If you have relatively few, or no, other offenses on your driving record, your lawyer may be able to convince a prosecutor or judge to be lenient with you. This may mean adding no points to your license, smaller fines, or attending a driver’s training course instead of being found guilty at all.
Call today for a free consultation with one of our Columbus traffic attorneys. We can help you avoid the long term consequences of having a violation on your driving record. We’re here 24 hours a day to answer your questions, and help you build a defense against your traffic ticket. You can reach us by phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.