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Good afternoon. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Pursuant to the statute under which he is charged, which I have listed below, this is a first degree misdemeanor
. As such, he could be facing up to 180 days in jail and/or up to $1000 fine. However, as a first time offender, it is highly unlikely that the State would be seeking any jail time but fines, court costs, community service and possible probation, are the likely sentence
to be imposed, if he were to take a plea deal. Moreover, his license will be suspended, so that is something he needs to be aware of, pursuant to the statute as well. If he does not want to fight this and go to trial
, he can always ask for a plea when he appears and resolve the case, to try and limited the consequences.
4511.251 Street racing.
(A) As used in this section and section 4510.036 of the Revised Code, "street racing" means the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to out-distance each other or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, wherein timing is made of the participating vehicles involving competitive accelerations or speeds. Persons rendering assistance in any manner to such competitive use of vehicles shall be equally charged as the participants. The operation of two or more vehicles side by side either at speeds in excess of prima-facie lawful speeds established by divisions (B)(1)(a) to (B)(8) of section 4511.21 of the Revised Code or rapidly accelerating from a common starting point to a speed in excess of such prima-facie lawful speeds shall be prima-facie evidence of street racing.
(B) No person shall participate in street racing upon any public road, street, or highway in this state.
(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of street racing, a misdemeanor of the first degree. In addition to any other sanctions, the court shall suspend the offender's driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit, probationary license, or nonresident operating privilege for not less than thirty days or more than three years. No judge shall suspend the first thirty days of any suspension of an offender's license, permit, or privilege imposed under this division.
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