There are times when the police conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle based upon a tip from a citizen that the vehicle was driving erratically. Sometimes, this is a tip from another driver. When the police observe traffic violations that, by themselves, justify a traffic stop, courts need not analyze the reliability of the citizen’s tip in determining whether the traffic stop was valid. However, the police often gather little to no evidence prior to conducting a traffic stop. In those instances, courts must analyze the reliability of the tip. In other words, the courts ask: "can police pull you over based on a tip from another driver?"
In analyzing the reliability of the tip, informants are divided into three classes:
(1) the anonymous informant;
(2) the known informant; and
(3) the identified citizen informant.
Expungements in Ohio are available to more people due to the expansion of the expungement eligibility requirements. Under the old law, a “first offender” was defined as a person with only one conviction on their record. The new law expanded the definition of “first offender” to an "eligible offender." An eligible offender is someone that “has not more than one felony conviction, not more than two misdemeanor convictions if the convictions are not of the same offense, or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction.” Minor misdemeanors and minor traffic offenses were not, and still are not, considered convictions when considering eligibility for expungement. Expungement can also be referred to as “sealing a conviction.”
102 Main Street Suite 200
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
Post & See Reviews