Traffic stop for speeding leads to criminal charges

Jul 31, 2020 | speeding tickets

Driving over the speed limit in Ohio can come with serious consequences for drivers. In addition to the fines associated with speeding, a driver can also end up with higher insurance rates and other consequences that can negatively impact his or her life. A driver is potentially facing these penalties and more after a traffic stop for speeding led to multiple citations on his record.

The traffic stop was initiated after law enforcement claims to have observed his speeding vehicle. When the officer came to the window to speak to the driver, there was reportedly a strong scent coming from the vehicle. When asked why he was speeding, law enforcement says that the driver was apologetic. However, when he was asked about marijuana in the vehicle, he apparently denied having any.

The smell emanating from the vehicle was cologne, and law enforcement apparently believed the driver sprayed it to mask the smell of marijuana. A drug dog is said to have indicated that there was an illicit substance in the vehicle, and a search purportedly revealed a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He received citations for speeding, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This driver would be wise to take this situation seriously. With the help of an experienced Ohio attorney, he can fight these accusations and pursue a beneficial outcome to his case. In some situations, it is possible to minimize the penalties associated with a speeding ticket or other citation, or even challenge the circumstances of the original traffic stop.