Can Ohio drivers afford not to fight a traffic ticket?

| Feb 11, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If you are like most people, the site of flashing lights in the rearview triggers the following thought: “This is going to cost me a lot of money.”

The price of the traffic ticket alone may only be the tip of the iceberg, however, which is why traffic tickets are almost always worth fighting.

Insurance companies will react

Insurance companies base their premiums on risk assessments of drivers. These assessments take into account a number of factors, including age, gender and driving history. It is this last category that can make a traffic ticket far more expensive than the dollar amount attached to the fine.

A recent nationwide analysis of insurance premiums shows that drivers convicted of traffic violations face the following premium hikes:

  • A 14 percent increase for passing and turning violations
  • A 19 percent increase for a first-time DUI offense
  • A 22 percent increase for reckless driving

These numbers are based on a first-time offender receiving a single ticket. For repeat offenses, the numbers are even higher.

You don’t have to accept this result

A traffic ticket could end up costing you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars over time, but you don’t have to accept this result without a fight. A skilled defense attorney can defend your interests in traffic court. In most cases, your attorney can appear on your behalf, sparing you the additional expense of having to take off time from work and travel to court. For many Ohio drivers, an investment in traffic defense representation saved them significant expense in the long run.