An attorney with more than 15 years of professional experience, Kyle Kirts maintains a busy private practice in Dayton, Ohio. Kyle T. Kirts regularly represents clients cited for traffic violations.
In the state of Ohio, a driver accused of a traffic violation may plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Regardless of the plea chosen, Ohio statutes stipulate that it must be entered prior to the date shown on the ticket. A guilty verdict results in immediate sentencing by the judge and points on the driver’s record. For some drivers, this may result in an insurance rate increase. Some drivers may choose to plead no contest instead of guilty, which means that they do not dispute the charges brought against them. The likeliest outcome of this option is a guilty verdict, although it does allow for the driver to explain the situation and potentially reduce charges.
A not guilty verdict means that the case will go to trial. If this happens, most experts suggest that the driver hire an experienced traffic lawyer to argue his or her case. An attorney can advise the defendant on potential plea bargains, evidence admission, and other details that can strengthen the defendant’s case.