Can I Ever Have My Driving Record Sealed?

Perhaps in the past you had a bit of a lead foot. Maybe the court had a warrant out for your arrest because you failed to show up for a hearing on your seatbelt charge. Whatever the case may be, you may wonder, “Can I get that cleared up so no one can see it?” It’s a tricky response, but the answer is no, but sometimes yes.

In Ohio, a number of offenses can be sealed or expunged from your record. Unfortunately, driver’s license violations, under O.R.C. Chapter 4507, and motor vehicle violations, under O.R.C. Chapter 4511, do not fall into this category. Because driving offenses become part of your permanent driving record they can never be expunged (this includes OVI/DUI).

There may be a way, with some cooperation from the court and an agreeable prosecutor, to bypass the bars setup by the legislature to allow you the ability to expunge your old traffic conviction. If you would like to learn more about how this could be done, contact Attorney Robert Botnick and see how he may be able to help you clear up your past.

The Fear of Driving Under Suspension

Recently I was in court with a client who is facing a Driving Under Suspension (DUS) charge. For the past few weeks now he has been working to clear up a whole slew of old tickets and warrants so he can get his license valid again.

My client shared with me about the fear and stress he would have driving around knowing that he was violating the law. He then expressed to me the relief he can see awaiting him once all of his tickets, warrants, and suspensions are resolved and how he will be able to drive and relax knowing that he will be free and clear.

If you or a loved one can relate to my client’s experience and you’ve been meaning to get your license valid again, NOW is the time! Let Attorney Robert Botnick help you get going on the the road again, free and clear, and avoid another DUS ticket.

Putting the Brakes on Traffic Cameras

Last week in Hamilton County, Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled that the traffic cameras installed in the village of Elmwood Place (Pop. 2188) run afoul under the law. He ultimately determined that the local traffic camera ordinance is invalid and unenforceable. His ruling is in line with what most motorists in Ohio already think: red light and speeding cameras do nothing to reduce traffic violations and merely exist as money makers for the cities in which they’re installed.

Now legislators in Columbus, from both sides of the aisle, are proposing legislation to ban these cameras across the state. At this time, there is no state law allowing or prohibiting these traffic cameras from existing. These cameras are currently operating in Cleveland, Parma, Akron, East Cleveland, Ashtabula, Columbus, and Toledo. Although they won’t add any points to your license if they catch you, they will set you back around $100 a pop.

If you have been issued a red light or speeding ticket, whether by camera or cop, contact our office to see how Attorney Robert Botnick can fight for you.

DWT: Driving While Texting – Now Illegal in Ohio

It’s been coming for a while. It’s been popping up in communities all over. Now it’s a state law. Starting today, August 31, 2012, driving while texting is a secondary traffic offense for adults and a primary offense for juveniles. Although the police can only issue warnings until March 1, after that date getting caught working your thumbs behind the wheel will cost you at least $150. For teens, it means losing your license for 60 days the first time you get caught!

As if that wasn’t harsh enough, if you get caught in¬†Beachwood, Brooklyn, North Olmsted, North Royalton, South Euclid, Walton Hills and Woodmere even talking on the phone you’re looking at a huge headache. University Heights is even passing on posting signs for their new law because of the new state-wide one.

My advice: use bluetooth if you have to drive and talk. Or just put the phone away until you get to your destination. You can be saving yourself some money, possible points on your license, and perhaps the lives of your fellow commuters.

A Lawyer With Connections

Last week I attended a Federal criminal defense conference. One of the presentations discussed the increase in social media and how it plays a part in everything we do today. When one of the speakers began polling the audience of defense lawyers as to how many of them had heard of or used services like Twitter, Skype, Second Life, LinkedIn, and the like, I was shocked to see how few hands I saw in the air.

After a break some of the attorneys were chatting and singled me out as being the only one who kept raising his hand. My response: move out of the way.

In a world where you’re connected to your friends, family, and colleagues, shouldn’t your attorney be connected too? Shouldn’t your attorney understand how social networks operate? How they can be used to incriminate you or claim your INNOCENCE? I think so!

And if the older generation of attorneys doesn’t get it now, should you be getting them? You should be going with the attorney who understands how you think, how you operate, and how you connect with the world. That’s just another reason why you should contact me to defend your case.

Message me – tweet me – txt me – even call – I’ll be there waiting to fight for you!