Columbus Traffic Lawyer
Almost everyone gets pulled over for a traffic violation at some point, but not everyone realizes that there can actually be serious consequences for certain traffic tickets and violations. While most moving violations are administrative offenses or minor misdemeanors subject only to fines, many traffic offenses can be charged criminally. These offenses carry serious consequences requiring help from an experienced traffic lawyer.
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The attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates understand that traffic violations, tickets, and fines are common in Ohio – particularly in the Columbus area. With the exception of minor infractions and unpaid parking tickets, which can typically be handled on your own, when you’re facing serious traffic penalties, don’t just pay the fine. This could result in points on your license, a suspension, higher insurance premiums, and sometimes a mark on your criminal record.
Common Traffic Violations
Traffic citations should be contested and fought for many reasons. If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, this is even more true. With the frequency that Ohio police issue traffic tickets, it’s no surprise that traffic offenses are prosecuted harshly, despite the fact that many people don’t realize they’ve even committed a crime.
Most criminal traffic violations are misdemeanors. Some of the most common misdemeanor traffic offenses a traffic lawyer from our firm will help you fight include:
- Failure to Reinstate License
- Driving Without a License
- Assured Clear Distance Ahead
- Driving Too Slowly
- Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
- Failure to Stop for a School Bus
- Lane Violations
- Following Too Closely
- Starting and Backing Without Safety
- Eluding and Fleeing
- Multiple Speeding Tickets
- Speeding Tickets
- Traffic Control Device Violation
- Failure to Control
- Failure to Turn
- Failure to Yield
- Turning at Intersections
- One-Way Roads
- Hit & Run/Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Unsafe Operation
- Fictitious License
- Odometer Fraud
- Auto Theft
- Texting While Driving
Some criminal traffic violations are more serious, and can be charged as felonies. Some common felony traffic offenses include:
- Vehicular Assault
- Vehicular Homicide/Murder
- Third OVI/ DUI
- Motor Vehicle Grand Theft
- Reckless Driving/Operation
Regardless of the charge(s) you are facing, it’s important to retain the help of a skilled traffic lawyer from our firm. Contact Luftman, Heck & Associates today for help understanding FAQs about Columbus traffic violations.
Consequences of Criminal Traffic Violations
If you are arrested for a criminal traffic violation, you don’t just face increased car insurance premiums, fines, and points on your license – though these will inevitably follow. You also face serious criminal prosecution and sentencing. For some misdemeanor traffic offenses, you can face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. For a felony offense, the consequences are much more severe. You face up to 10 years in prison, and fines reaching $20,000.
This does not even take into consideration the serious collateral consequences of a conviction. You could lose your job and have difficulty finding employment for years to come. You may have difficulty getting housing and federal benefits. You may even face the serious social stigma that can follow people with a criminal record. For help in avoiding these harsh statutory and collateral consequences, call an attorney at our firm right away.
Why Should You Fight a Columbus Traffic Charge?
You might have found this website while trying to figure out how to pay your traffic fine online, or to learn if you can defend yourself in traffic court. You might be wondering, “should I just pay the ticket and avoid the hassle?” The answer is simple; no, you should not just pay your ticket. There is always something that can be done to fight your charge, such as hiring a traffic lawyer. There are, however, several good reasons not to pay the ticket, including:
You will get points on your driving record.
A clean driving record is worth keeping, because you never know when you might get into an accident or have some other issue arise when multiple points get added to your license. We have seen cases where people have had clean driving records for years, and then got multiple speeding tickets and traffic infractions within a week. Accumulating 12 points in a two-year period will suspend your driving privileges for six months. In addition to this suspension, you will need to take a remedial driving class. We encourage potential clients to look up their unofficial driving record on the Ohio BMV website to see if they have points. Many people forget about an infraction here or there over the last couple of years.
Your auto insurance premiums will likely go up.
One thing we hear frequently is that hiring a Columbus traffic lawyer is expensive. We understand that. However, points on your license will likely ping your auto insurance provider and cause an increase in your premiums. Even one speeding ticket could raise your rates, which adds up over the long-term payment of your premium. On the other hand, we offer payment plans to our traffic clients to offset the financial burden.
You may not have been speeding or violating the traffic laws like law enforcement reported.
Many times, it’s a matter of justice. If you did not feel that you were speeding or violating the law like the police officer who wrote your traffic citation reported, this is your opportunity to speak up. If you pay the ticket, you are essentially saying that you were guilty of violating the law.
You can read our full list of reasons on why you should fight a traffic ticket for more information.
Why Trust the Columbus Traffic Attorneys with LHA?
It may seem easy to get a judge or prosecutor to drop your traffic ticket or to believe your side of the story, especially if you know someone who was able to do that. However, it’s very rare that a prosecutor or judge will dismiss or reduce your traffic charge.
HERE ARE SOME REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A COLUMBUS TRAFFIC LAWYER TO TAKE YOUR CASE:
We are experienced at negotiating with Columbus prosecutors and judges.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, our traffic ticket attorneys are in court almost every day representing clients on traffic and criminal charges. We can find errors or evidentiary issues that you may miss. It’s also easy to think that you can convince a judge or prosecutor to see your side, but their questioning may lead to an emotional or frustrated tone and a response that shows a weakness in your story.
We may be able to attend court on your behalf.
If you’re like most of our clients, you don’t have the time to take off of work or find someone to watch your kids while you go to court. We can often appear on your behalf to negotiate an optimal outcome for your traffic case without you needing to be in court at all. This depends on a few things: the judge presiding over your case, your driving record, if there’s a suspension at stake, and other factors.
You can rest easy knowing that you will fight for the best possible outcome in your situation.
Many of our traffic clients have never had to deal with the legal system before. We simplify the process and handle almost all of it so you don’t have to worry. A traffic lawyer at our firm will ensure that your rights as a motorist are protected and defended. Having an experienced attorney who is familiar with traffic laws in Columbus represent you can make a difference in your auto insurance premiums and your driving record.
Call a Traffic Lawyer at Our Firm for Help Today
With such serious consequences, you cannot afford not to fight criminal traffic charges. Too often, we see people fail to take criminal traffic violations seriously, only to be shocked by the severe repercussions that they suffer later on. Luckily, a Columbus traffic lawyer from our firm can help you fight these charges and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we have years of experience fighting all sorts of traffic violations. This has given us needed local traffic court knowledge that gives us an advantage when taking on the prosecution. We are able to quickly assess the facts of the case and develop a strategy best able to keep you protected. Our attorneys represent clients in criminal proceedings regularly, so we are prepared to fight for your rights – both inside and outside the courtroom.
For over a decade, the Columbus criminal defense lawyers at LHA have successfully represented clients on criminal offenses ranging from minor misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.