Traffic Tickets Frequently Asked Questions
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Traffic Law Frequently Asked Questions:
- What happens when I receive a traffic citation/ticket?
- What is the difference between guilty, not guilty, and no contest?
- Do I have to come to Court?
- Why does my ticket say that my personal appearance is required?
- What if I can't come to court?
- What if I choose to ignore the ticket?
- What happens if I pay the ticket before my court date?
- How many points can I receive on my driver's license?
- How many points can I have on my license?
- How do I fight my traffic ticket?
- Can I go to jail for my traffic ticket?
Q: What happens when I receive a traffic citation/ticket?
A: First, you need to decide what type of outcome you would like to obtain. Some people are concerned about points on their license, and others are more concerned with monetary fines. The first step you will take is to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
Q: What is the difference between guilty, not guilty, and no contest?
A: A guilty plea is a complete admission of your guilt to the charge for which you were cited, and a not guilty plea means that you wish to fight the traffic ticket. a no contest plea means that you are not disputing the charges listed on the ticket, but you are not admitting your guilt.
Q: Do I have to come to court?
A: It depends. You will find a court appearance date posted somewhere on your ticket. The ticket should indicate whether or not your appearance is required. If your appearance is not required but you wish to fight your ticket or plead no contest, then you must come to court. You must also come to court if your ticket indicates that your personal appearance is required.
Q: Why does my ticket say that my personal appearance is required?
A: You have been charged with a traffic violation that carries the possibility of jail time. Contact Pieri Law Office, LLC to find out what options may be available.
Q: What if I can't come to court?
A: If you are unable to come to court you should hire an attorney to obtain a continuance or request a continuance through the clerk of courts in the county where the ticket was received.
Q: What if I choose to ignore the ticket?
A: Never ignore a traffic citation. If you choose to ignore your ticket, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest, and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will suspend your Ohio license until the issue has been resolved.
Q: What happens if I pay the ticket before my court date?
A: If your personal appearance is not required and you pay the ticket before your court date, you have automatically entered a guilty plea, and the case is closed. This will result in points being added to your license.
Q: How many points can I receive on my driver's license?
A: You can receive two, four, or six points per violation depending on the type of violation. The number of points is determined by the seriousness of the traffic offense.
Q: How many points can I have on my license?
A: The Ohio B.M.V. will suspend your license when you reach 12 points within a three year period.
Q: How do I fight my traffic ticket?
A: Before you fight a traffic ticket you should consult with an experienced attorney like Nathan Pieri. On the surface, traffic laws may appear simple, but they are not. An attorney may be the difference between buying a bus pass and keeping your right to drive.
Q: Can I go to jail for a traffic ticket?
A: Yes. There are my traffic violations that carry the possibility of jail.
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