Corrupt Speed Traps
In the 2000s, the village of New Rome, Ohio attracted national attention for its corrupt speed trap activities. Police in the 60-person village raised almost $400,000 from speeding tickets in a single year, until in 2004 the Ohio Attorney General dissolved the village into a neighboring town to end the practice. Today, law enforcement in Ohio may not be quite as extreme as the police department in New Rome, but the state is still known for its frequent speed traps and strict enforcement of traffic violations. As a consequence, it’s a good idea to drive carefully, whether you are an Ohio resident or just passing through. If you do get a speeding ticket, you’ll need to understand all the potential consequences. With the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to get the charges dropped or reduced.
How Much Does a Speeding Ticket in Ohio Cost?
There is no set amount for a speeding ticket in Ohio; the fine will vary depending on the speed and which county you are fined in. Tickets typically range from $150 to $500. You can find the fine amount and due date listed right on your traffic ticket. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose to contest your ticket in court, you’ll also pay additional court fees. Be extra careful of speeding in construction zones, as speeding fines are doubled.
Ohio’s Point System
If you are caught speeding in Ohio, you will most likely receive points on your driving record. The exceptions are if you are speeding by less than 5 mph over a limit of 50 mph or under, or if you are speeding by less than 10 mph over a limit of 55 mph or more. You can still get a speeding ticket in these cases, but the ticket will not be accompanied by points on your record. Otherwise, you’ll receive the following points:
- Speeding by more than 5 mph in a zone with a speed limit under 55 mph: 2 points
- Speeding by more than 10 mph in a zone with a speed limit of 55 mph or more: 2 points
- Speeding by 30 mph or more over the speed limit: 4 points
Note that you’ll receive additional points for any other traffic violations, such as DUI, going through a red light, or driving with a suspended license.
12 Is the Point Limit
If you accumulate 12 or more points within 2 years, your driver’s license will be suspended for 6 months. Once the 6 months are up, you’ll need to take a remedial driving course and then pass a driving test before you can have your license reinstated. Because you only receive 2 or 4 points at a time for speeding, it takes a while to build up to 12 points. It’s therefore not very easy to have your license suspended. However, your insurance rate will likely go up as soon as you have any points on your record.
Appealing a License Suspension
Ohio state law gives you the right to appeal a suspension in court. If you choose to do this, you need to file the appeal with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles before the suspension date included in your letter of suspension. If you are considering appealing, we recommend consulting with a lawyer about your case. Having your license suspended can have significant consequences for your life, and an experienced traffic attorney will be your best bet in reaching a favorable plea deal.
Removing Points from Your Record
Points for traffic violations will disappear from your record after two years. You can get rid of points sooner by taking a remedial driving course. As soon as you have at least 2 points, you can enroll in the course, and when you are finished, 2 points will be taken off of your record. There are some limits, however. You can only take the course once every 3 years, with a maximum of 5 total times in your lifetime. So you shouldn’t depend on the course to erase all of your speeding points.
Contesting Your Ticket
Whether this is your first Ohio speeding ticket or you are approaching 12 points, you can choose to either pay your ticket or contest it. If you opt to pay, you can do so by mail, in person, or online. However, paying your ticket is essentially pleading guilty, and you will have points added to your license if you were speeding by more than 5 or 10 mph (see above). Your insurance rate will also increase for the foreseeable future. If you choose to contest your ticket, you will need to attend court. There, depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to have your ticket dismissed or negotiate a plea deal, which might include a reduced fine or having the points dropped. To give yourself the best odds of success, you may want to hire an attorney to represent you in court. A lawyer can research potential errors in the ticketing process and negotiate for you effectively.
Finding Experienced Legal Representation
If you are thinking of hiring a lawyer, BernieSez is one of the easiest ways to find someone to represent you. You can simply upload some information about your case with a picture of your ticket, and Ohio lawyers that practice in the county that you received your ticket in will contact you with quotes. You’ll then be able to choose a lawyer with the profile and price that are the best fit for you. Uploading your case is free and does not require any commitment.