Operation without Reasonable Control of Vehicle 2017-04-25T20:45:31+00:00

Operation without Reasonable Control of Vehicle

Did you recently get a traffic ticket in the Columbus metropolitan area for operation of a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle? If so, you should contact a Columbus traffic attorney to discuss resolving your charge for allegedly failing to maintain reasonable control over your vehicle.

The fact that you received a traffic citation for failure to maintain reasonable control over your vehicle does not mean that you are guilty of this offense or that you will be convicted of this offense. A traffic lawyer may be able to resolve your charge for failure to maintain reasonable control over your vehicle without your having to go to court. Depending on the facts of your case, this resolution may result in a reduced violation, a no-points violation, diversion (resulting in dismissal upon completion of a defensive driving course and paying court costs), or even a dismissal.

You may have the option of prepaying your traffic ticket. But the cost of prepaying a ticket may be greater than you think. Prepaying a ticket is the functional equivalent to a guilty plea, and you will be convicted of the offense charged in your ticket for operation of a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle. Aside from the financial cost that must be paid to the court, a traffic conviction for a moving violation may result in points being added to your driving record, increased insurance premiums, and potential employment sanctions if you are required to drive a company vehicle for your employer. A conviction for failure to maintain reasonable control over your vehicle may appear on background checks run by current or future employers or professional licensing authorities.

Operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle ordinarily is a minor misdemeanor. But depending on the facts of your case and whether you have prior predicate traffic convictions, a minor misdemeanor offense can be elevated to a more serious offense that carries the possibility of community control sanctions and even jail time. Additionally, your license may be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record within a two-year period. These are just a few considerations when deciding whether to hire a Columbus traffic lawyer to represent you in your ticket for operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle.

For legal assistance with your Columbus traffic ticket for operation of a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle, contact us at 614.695.5000 or online. Below is summary of the traffic offense of operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle, including the potential penalty and the points assessed if convicted of this offense.

Operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle.

Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.202 prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle on any street, highway, or property open to the public for vehicular traffic without being in reasonable control of the vehicle. Unlike the “willful misconduct” or “wanton misconduct” required for a violation of Ohio Revised Code Sections 4511.20 and 4511.201, failure to maintain reasonable control of a vehicle is grounded in principles of negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care under the given circumstances which results in a foreseeable harm.

Penalty for operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle.

Operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle ordinarily is a minor misdemeanor. The potential penalty for a minor misdemeanor traffic offense includes the imposition of a fine of up to $150, up to thirty hours of community service, and court costs. Unlike the penalty for a violation of Sections 4511.20 and 4511.201, the penalty for a violation of Section 4511.202 does not contain any recidivist enhancements for repeat offenders.

Points assessed for operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle.

A conviction on a traffic ticket for operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of the vehicle carries 2 points in Ohio on an offender’s driving record. For more information on how the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) processes points for moving violations and the substantial penalty for excessive points accumulation, press Ohio BMV Points System.

Discuss with a Columbus traffic lawyer your ticket for failure to maintain reasonable control.

Frequently a lawyer can appear in court and resolve a traffic case in the client’s absence, provided both the court and the prosecutor agree. This saves the client the aggravation of taking time off from work, fighting traffic to get to court on time, waiting for potentially hours for the case to be called, standing in long lines, and potentially having to do it all over again if the case is continued.

If you are seeking a traffic lawyer, contact us at 614.695.5000 or online. We offer legal representation to drivers charged with traffic tickets in the Columbus metropolitan area, including Franklin County Municipal Court, Bexley Mayor’s Court, Canal Winchester Mayor’s Court, Dublin Mayor’s Court, Gahanna Mayor’s Court, Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court, Granville Mayor’s Court, Grove City Mayor’s Court, Hilliard Mayor’s Court, New Albany Mayor’s Court, Obetz Mayor’s Court, Pataskala Mayor’s Court, Pickerington Mayor’s Court, Reynoldsburg Mayor’s Court, Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court, Westerville Mayor’s Court, Whitehall Mayor’s Court and Worthington Mayor’s Court.

We also offer legal representation to drivers charged with traffic tickets in other courts near the Columbus metropolitan area, including Circleville Municipal Court (Pickaway County), Delaware County Municipal Court, Fairfield County Municipal Court, Licking County Municipal Court, Marysville Municipal Court (Union County), and Madison County Municipal Court.

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