The criminal and traffic defense attorneys from our law firm will defend your rights in court, and will work with you so that you understand all aspects of your case, such as:
- Any potential fines you may be facing
- Penalties to your driver license (points), and how that impacts your driving privileges
- Driving suspensions that might arise from a traffic stop
Traffic violations are a mix of regulation infractions and criminal offenses typically based on violations of state statutes and county, city or other local ordinances relating to the operation of motor vehicles. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be subject to a monetary fine, points on your driver license, loss of driving privileges, or even jail time.
If you are involved in a traffic stop, even for a simple speeding ticket, Dagger Law recommends that you take the following actions:
If you are given a traffic ticket, you should sign it. Failure to do so could result in your arrest. Your signature is not an agreement with the traffic ticket or an admission of guilt, it is to signify that you received notice of the alleged infraction. The traffic ticket can be objected to later, by your defense attorney.
Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you – Our law office understands that traffic stops are often times of stress and anxiety. When we get pulled over for speeding tickets, it is often because we are typically running late or in a hurry. Events can arise suddenly that can cause us to lose focus and miss stop signs, such as an argument with a loved one or spilling a drink in your lap. Having a bad day at work can make us agitated and angry behind the wheel during our drive home, and cause us to act aggressively towards other drivers on the road. Our criminal defense attorneys have seen all of this, and more. Once a traffic stop is initiated, it is time to remain calm, polite, and focused.
- Exercise your right to remain silent, and politely inform the officer that you will be exercising this right. Our law firm recommends that you provide your name, address, and date of birth, and then remaining silent until you have a chance to speak to your traffic defense lawyer
- Don’t argue with, or lie to, law enforcement officers. Don’t complain about the traffic stop, tell the officer that they are wrong, or threaten to file a lawsuit. You want to remain calm and not escalate a simple traffic ticket into something much more severe. Too many criminal cases start with a traffic stop that went badly
- Keep your hands where police can see them. Only reach for your license and registration once the officer has directed you to do so. You must show your driver license, proof of insurance, and registration if the officer requests it. If you are unable to do so, your traffic ticket lawyer can help correct any infractions cited at a later date. Just let the officer know you do not have your driver license, proof of insurance, or registration and will correct the issue as soon as you are able. If you correct these issues, please communicate this and provide proof to your attorney prior to your court date in municipal court
- If you are arrested as the result of a traffic stop, ask for a criminal defense lawyer immediately
- Do not touch or attempt to obstruct any law enforcement officers on the scene. This is another place where you can ensure that things go as well as they can for you until an attorney can step in to assist. Do not resist arrest, or attempt to flee regardless of your innocence, or guilt. These are actions that can be used against you and may add additional charges to any future legal case against you
- Write down everything you can remember about the incident so that you can share this with your attorney. If there are witnesses, try to get names, statements, and contact information
- Never consent to a search without a search warrant. If an officer has a search warrant, politely ask to see it and comply if they are able to produce proper documentation. There are times when an officer may search you even without your consent. It is important that you remain calm and comply, but maintain that the officer does not have your consent. If this is a violation of your rights, you can be sure that an attorney will use this to your benefit during any criminal defense proceedings that follow
- Police may frisk, or search, anyone that they believe to be armed, including passengers. It is important that you comply with the police officer’s request, but also take notes on the situation and get any witness statements that you can so that you can support your account.
- If you are injured, ensure that photographs are taken as quickly as possible, but seek medical attention first before collecting any evidence that is needed by your lawyer.
If your traffic stop is due to a suspected OVI, the police may require you to take a physical or chemical test to determine your sobriety.
- Refusal to take a test, after a suspected OVI, could result in your license being suspended immediately. We do want you to remember that you have the right to refuse a breath or urine test, despite the officer’s insistence. If a warrant is obtained for a blood sample, we recommend that you comply
- If your license is suspended for lack of cooperation, your attorney can appeal the suspension in court
- If a test determines that you have a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit (.08% in Ohio), your license will be suspended immediately
- Your attorney can appeal this license suspension for you, in court, and may even be able to appeal even if you have failed a breath or urine test
- If you have previous OVI offenses, there may be increased penalties and consequences if convicted. An experienced attorney may not be able to save you from all of these consequences, but they can work to minimize the impact to your life and liberty
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Will an attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
While some meetings will need to be held in our offices, we will try to minimize your travel time by offering meetings at our two convenient locations located in Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. Our goal is to minimize the disruption to your life caused by legal issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails, video conferencing, or phone calls. In certain circumstances, such as being incarcerated or held in jail, we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to reach us. In such circumstance, your attorney will arrange visits to your location, as required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to all of the necessary court hearings and legal procedures in order to represent you, anywhere in Ohio! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able.
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