Most of my traffic clients are over the road truck drivers. They understand they need their driver’s license to keep working. It is the one thing that keeps them on the job, and it is the most common reason for them not to be able to work.
If they get a ticket they search online to find the best qualified lawyer in the area of the ticket who can do what needs to be done. In Ohio that leads them to Balena Law Firm LLC. They need an attorney who knows the ropes, knows the players, and can go to court to minimize the ticket’s impact. This often includes:
- Appearing in court for them,
- Negotiating a deal,
- Amending the charge to a nonmoving violation,
- Pleading to the offense, but with no points, or
- Preparing plea documents that eliminate the need to go to court.
Why don’t many motorists take their license so seriously? Is the overriding principle is to take the path of least amount of pain. Why hire a lawyer when you can pay a waiver fine on the ticket, often online. No fuss, no bother, no pain now. Even with a waiver you get points. If it is a speeding ticket in Ohio the number of points goes up as your speed increases. You don’t spend too much, until the points mount up or until you see your next car insurance bill.
You need to drive to get to work, or your job might require you to drive on the job just the same as a trucker. How valuable is your license? Is it worth protecting by having an experienced traffic attorney in your corner when you get a ticket?
Once the points reach around 10 in 2 years, most people think “oh my, it’s time to do something.” By this time it’s hard to do anything, but not always. Prosecutors routinely look to your record first before even discussing the matter. A bad record cuts off possibilities. Even then I might pull a rabbit out of a hat for you.
Truckers never want to get where there are few options in traffic court. They handle business from day one. It is important you take your license this seriously too. Done right you might never get to 12 points, no matter how you drive.
If you run your luck to the end and get 12 points in two years it is important you appeal the suspension before the starting date on the letter unless you get a 12 point notice that says “to compliance”. If any conviction for which points are given included a driving suspension, the six-month 12 point suspension is reduced by the duration of that suspension. This is most common if one of the offenses is OVI related. You go right to reinstatement without the need to appeal.
A 12 point suspension is a cancellation of your license. If you are caught driving during the actual suspension and are not protected by limited limited driving there is mandatory jail. After the suspension ends and until you are reinstated you are simply driving without a license.