Traffic Ticket FAQ in Ohio

I got ticketed. Now what?

You'll need to decide on one of three pleas: guilty, no contest and not guilty. Guilty and no contest require paying the fine listed on your citation. Challenging your ticket means appearing in court to enter a not guilty plea. Regardless of plea, it must be entered before the ticket's posted appearance date expires.

What happens if I ignore the ticket?

Nothing good, only bad. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will suspend your OH driver's license and the court may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

Will I receive points on my driving record?

Ohio assigns points for traffic violations. The more severe the violation, the higher the point total. Depending on your car insurance provider, points may cause an increase in your premiums.

Should I worry about too many points?

At 6 points the BMV will send a warning letter, alerting you of your driving record's point total. Reach 12 points or more and the BMV will suspend your OH driver's license. Read more about points and penalties in our Ticket Fines & Penalties page.

Can I get points reduced?

The BMV will assign you a 2 point credit for completing a state-approved remedial driving course. Our Defensive Driving page provides full details.

After getting ticketed, should I expect increased car insurance premiums?

Check with your car insurance agent. Each company has different policies regarding traffic tickets. If you notice an increase, keep in mind that you always possess the option to shop around for a new provider. You can conveniently compare rates online from a host of different auto insurance companies.

Are traffic ticket fines the same throughout Ohio?

Fines vary by county and municipality. The fine amount will be posted on your citation. Call the court listed on your traffic ticket if you have questions about the fine amount.

I hold an Ohio CDL. What happens if I get ticketed?

If you get convicted of the traffic violation, you must notify your employer. This applies to all vehicles―including your home car. Consult our Ticket Fines & Penalties page for a detailed list of CDL penalties.

Why should I check my driving record after getting cited?

Reasons include:

  • Check for accuracy. Verify that the point total is correct. Additional points could cause the suspension of your Ohio driver's license and a possible increase in car insurance rates.
  • Point awareness. Knowing your driving record's point amount may motivate enrolling in a remedial driving course. Course completion earns a two-point credit.

What if I can't make my court appearance date?

If you can't make your court appearance date to enter a not guilty plea, contact the court listed on your citation. Most courts will reschedule a new date if you provide enough advance notice.

Why should I hire a traffic ticket attorney?

If you plan to fight your traffic ticket, Legal counsel will improve your chances for a favorable decision. This could mean reduced charges or ticket dismissal, possibly sparing you of points, the possible suspension of your Ohio driver's license and increased auto insurance rates.

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