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    Ohio Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

    Traffic ticket fines are not uniform throughout Ohio. This means a fine for disobeying a yield sign in Dayton will not be the same in Ashtabula. If you have questions regarding the ticket's fine amount, contact the courtlisted on your citation. If you've misplaced the citation, learn what steps to take in our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

    • Pay the fine
    • Option to plea bargain penalties
    • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation)
    • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates
    • Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school

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    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Contest traffic ticket via trial
    • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney
    • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties
    • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees

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    Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

    Auto Insurance Rate

    Depending on the policies of your car insurance provider, increased rates may follow the appearance of a traffic violation on your driving record. Compare auto insurance rates online if you're in the market for a more affordable policy.

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    Ohio Traffic Ticket Penalties

    In addition to traffic ticket fines, you'll also incur penalties, which are uniform throughout Ohio. Points and possible loss of driving privileges are the two most common penalties. The nature of the traffic violation, driving record history and license type (CDL, instruction permit, etc) all factor into determining the extent of the penalties.

    Ohio Point System

    Every time you're convicted of a traffic violation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) assigns points to your driving record. The more severe the infraction, the higher the point total. You can learn more about point assignments on our Ohio Points page.

    The BMV closely monitors point totals:

    • Sending out warning letters to drivers with 6 or more points.
    • Suspending Ohio driver licenses with 12 or more points within a 2 year span.

    OH Driver's License Suspension and Revocation

    Suspension and revocation are the most common terms associated with loss of driving privileges.

    Suspended License―The temporary loss of your Ohio driver's license for a specified period of time. Driving privileges are returned once all reinstatement requirements are satisfied.
    Revoked License―The cancellation of your Ohio driver's license for an extended period of time. Once the revocation period has ended, you must reapply for a new driver's license.

    Some of the ways your OH driver's license could be suspended or revoked include:

    • Accumulating 12 points or more within a 2 year period
    • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
    • Driving without car insurance
    • Refusing a blood-alcohol test

    Consult our Ohio Suspended License page for a full list of suspension reasons.

    Penalties for Drivers Younger Than 18

    In addition to the violations described above, you'll also lose your driving privileges if:

    • Convicted of 2 moving violations
    • Driving with a blood alcohol count (BAC) .02% (this applies to all drivers younger than 21)
    • Violating any permit or license restrictions
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    Penalties for Ohio Commercial Drivers

    Remember to notify your employer within 30 days of a traffic violation conviction. This applies to all vehicles, including your home car.

    Major Offenses

    You will lose your Ohio CDL for 1 year if convicted of any of the following offenses:

    • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a BAC of 0.04%
    • Refusing to submit to a sobriety test
    • Leaving the scene of an accident
    • Using the vehicle to commit a felony
    • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a suspended, revoked or canceled CDL
    • Causing a fatality through negligent driving

    Serious Offenses

    These violations include:

    • Reckless driving
    • Improper lane changes
    • Following a vehicle too closely
    • Driving a CMV without holding a CDL
    • Driving a CMV without having your CDL in your possession
    • Driving a CMV without the proper CDL endorsement
    • Violating a state law of texting while driving

    For more information about suspended licenses please refer to our CDL Suspended License page.