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At the Law Office of C.F. Cowan, P.L.L.C. and ColumbusSpeedingTickets.com, we offer legal representation to drivers who have recently received speeding tickets or other traffic citations. We strive to help people avoid convictions for moving violations, points accumulation, license suspensions, and other potential penalties where applicable like community control and jail time.

Oftentimes, a traffic lawyer can appear and resolve a traffic ticket in the client’s absence, provided both the court and the prosecutor agree. With such a resolution, the client does not even have to go to court. 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.

Just because you received a traffic ticket does not mean that you are guilty of the offense(s) for which you were stopped by the police. Nor does your receipt of a traffic ticket mean that you will be convicted of such offense(s). Depending on the facts of your case, a traffic lawyer may be able to secure a resolution of your traffic citation that results 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.

If you’ve recently received a traffic citation, contact us today at 614.695.5000 or online. Talk to a Columbus traffic lawyer. Learn how we can help. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays.

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Traffic Violations


Improper Passing

Improper U-Turn

Failure to Yield

Operation in Willful or Wanton Disregard of Safety

Operation without Reasonable Control of Vehicle

Driving Too Slow

Assured Clear Distance Ahead (ACDA)

Violating a Stop Sign

Disobeying a Traffic Signal

Disobeying a Traffic Control Device

Improper Turn

Street Racing

Marked Lane Violation

Traffic Offenses Against Pedestrians

Ohio BMV Points System

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Some traffic tickets have a prepayment option. But the consequences of prepaying a traffic ticket may be greater than you think. Courts treat the prepayment of a traffic ticket as a guilty plea. If you prepay such a ticket, then you will be convicted of the traffic offense(s) charged in your traffic ticket. 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. Additionally, traffic convictions may appear on background checks run by current or future employers or professional licensing authorities.

Many traffic offenses are minor misdemeanors. But there are exceptions. Depending on the facts of your case and whether you have prior predicate traffic convictions, a minor misdemeanor offense can be elevated to a higher grade misdemeanor that carries the possibility of community control sanctions and even jail time. Other traffic offenses are classified in the first instance as higher grade misdemeanors as well.

Additionally, your license may be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record within a two-year period. 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, click here. These are just a few considerations when deciding whether to hire a Columbus traffic lawyer to represent you in your traffic ticket.

For legal assistance with your Columbus area traffic ticket, contact us today at 614.695.5000 or online. We offer legal representation for charges like speeding, improper passing, improper turn, improper U-turn, marked lane violation, failure to yield, disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic control device, disobeying a traffic signal, exceeding the speed necessary to be able stop at an assured clear distance ahead, failing to maintain reasonable control over your vehicle, operation of a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of safety (reckless operation), street racing, etc.

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