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A partnership between the City of Columbus, the beer company Anheuser-Busch, and the ride-hailing company Lyft aims to reduce drunk driving by providing transportation alternatives for people who go out on the weekend. More than just an awareness-raising program, the Columbus City Pilot to Reduce Harmful Drinking is a concrete step to keep intoxicated Columbus residents off the roads.

From September 7 to the new year, Anheuser-Busch and other partners will offer 2,000 round-trip Lyft rides each weekend for Columbus residents. If you want to go to the bars, to a game, or to a music festival and not worry about transport, all you need to do is check the Anheuser-Busch Facebook and Instagram pages for a ride code. Available every Thursday at 2 p.m., the ride code allows anyone over 21 years of age to claim a $30 credit with Lyft, redeemable anytime between 5 p.m. on Thursday and 5 a.m. Sunday.

Don’t Take Chances With Drunk Driving

Even if you have a clean record, a single drunk driving conviction can turn your life upside down. In fact, you don’t even need to get convicted of DUI to face crippling penalties. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test after your arrest, for example, you will face many of the same penalties as if you had been convicted of DUI, such as fines and the suspension of your driving privileges.

Ohio law provides for harsh offenses even for first-time DUI offenders:

  • Jail Time – Three days to six months in jail. Minimum of six days if your BAC was over .17
  • Fines – $375 to $1075
  • License Suspension – One to three-year suspension
  • DUI plates – If your BAC was over .17

In addition to these penalties, your DUI conviction may result in several collateral consequences:

  • Increase in your insurance premiums
  • Inability to attend your job or school because of restricted driving privileges
  • Paying court costs and attorney’s fees
  • A permanent criminal record that can affect your eligibility for employment in the future

How a Columbus DUI Lawyer Can Help

Most people simply plead guilty to their DUI charges and spare themselves the expense of a lawyer. But considering the consequences of a conviction, investing in good legal representation is almost always worth it. Even if you eventually end up pleading guilty, your lawyer can likely help you secure a plea agreement with a more lenient sentence. And in some cases, it’s possible to defeat the DUI charges altogether.

To secure your conviction for DUI, a prosecutor must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt on the basis of admissible and legally-obtained evidence. This means that you can avoid a conviction if your lawyer is able to make a plausible argument that you were not drunk behind the wheel, such as when your BAC test at the station was just barely over the legal limit, indicating that you could have been under the limit at the time you were driving. Alternatively, your lawyer might demonstrate that the prosecutor’s evidence was obtained illegally, such as when the police pull you over on the basis of a hunch, as opposed to an articulable suspicion that you were committing a crime.

At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we will explore every possible option for defending your case, and vigorously defend your rights at each stage of the criminal justice process. If you’ve been charged with DUI, talk about your defense options today with one of our Ohio DUI lawyers by calling .

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An ignition interlock device is a common penalty imposed on people who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. They may be imposed on first-time offenders as well as repeat DUI offenders. They can be complicated and costly.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact our DUI attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates. We can evaluate your case and help you avoid the harshest DUI punishments. Contact us today at to schedule an appointment today.

1. What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device that is installed in your vehicle and acts as a breathalyzer. You are required to breathe into the device in order for your car to start. If your BAC is above a 0.02, your engine will not start. You can typically blow into the breathalyzer again after five minutes and then again after 30 minutes if you are locked out because of your BAC. If your BAC is above 0.02, your probation officer will be notified.

The device also has a program where it will randomly turn on periodically while the car is in motion having the driver blow again into the breathalyzer to ensure that they initially blew into the device rather than another, sober individual.

2. Who is Eligible for an IID?

Anyone who has been convicted of a DUI may be eligible to install an IID instead of dealing with a lengthy license suspension. Even a first-time DUI conviction can result in up to three years of license suspension. That time can be reduced with the installation of an IID. Second and subsequent DUI convictions may result in a mandatory IID installation.

3. How is The Device Installed?

The ignition interlock device must be installed by a certified company in the state of Ohio. The device is installed near the steering wheel and is often attached to the dash. The device can be accessed prior to driving as well as while the car is in motion.

4. How Much Will it Cost?

Installation fees range from $200-300 along with a monthly maintenance cost of $100-200.

5. Do False Positives Happen?

While, IIDs are usually accurate, there are several factors that can cause a false positive. Mouthwash can cause a false positive since it contains alcohol that can stay on your mouth. If you rinse with mouthwash, you should wait at least 10 minutes and rinse your mouth with water before blowing into the ignition interlock device. Spicy foods can also cause a false positive. When spicy foods are digested, they produce methane gas, which can imitate alcohol vapor and cause a false positive. To prevent this, you can take an antacid. Certain medications and medical conditions can also result in false positives.

If your ignition interlock device does malfunction, you should contact your service provider right away in order to fix your device.

How Luftman, Heck & Associates Can Help

If you have been charged with a DUI, our attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates can work with you to see if you are eligible for an ignition interlock device to avoid a lengthy license suspension. Call us today at to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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If you have been convicted of driving under the influence, you may have asked yourself, “Can I get a job with a DUI?” Regardless of whether your conviction resulted in a misdemeanor or felony, potential employers may be cautious or even resistant to hiring you for an available position.

DUI convictions are serious and can have long-lasting consequences beyond the criminal penalties. If you’re facing a DUI charge right now, take an important first step and retain an aggressive legal advocate who can fight on your behalf to minimize the potential penalties and consequences of your charge. Luftman, Heck & Associates and our Columbus DUI lawyers, led by attorney Ben Luftman, are here to do just that for you.

Call us today at or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

Problematic Job Opportunities With a DUI

So you’re wondering, “Can I get a job with a DUI?”

Employers offering certain positions may be more sensitive or cautious about a prospective candidate’s DUI record than others. For instance, if you have DUI on your record and you are attempting to obtain a position that requires driving – for instance, a delivery driver, truck driver, or bus driver – you may run into some roadblocks with potential employers. As well, any position that involves dealing with children may preclude individuals with DUIs. Some companies retain confidential information policies that restrict them from hiring any person with a criminal record. Government and military jobs may also be out of reach if you have a DUI conviction that shows up on your background check.

With a DUI on your record, your job search may be more complicated and difficult, but you will not necessarily be precluded from finding a great job. To a great extent, your success or failure and obtaining employment may depend on how you approach your job search and interview process, as well as the type of job you are seeking.

Collateral Consequences Hindering a Job Search

Beyond the legal penalties stemming from a DUI conviction, there are ancillary consequences of your DUI that may hinder your job search. For instance, you may suffer the loss of your driver’s license for a number of months, or even longer, depending on the nature of your DUI offense. This can hinder you from having the ability to travel to and from work if you don’t have convenient access to public transportation. Relying on others, such as family members or friends, for transportation to work and back home again can also be problematic. Human resources departments at companies often request a new employee’s driver’s license to complete hiring paperwork. Not having this information to provide human resources can potentially raise concerns with hiring managers.

Know What’s in Your Background Check

Prior to entering a job interview, it’s important to find out what prospective employers may see on your background check. You should know whether or not your DUI will show up on your record. As well, it’s important to find any mistakes that may be present on your record, such as twice listed charges, or charges belonging to another person. Perform a background check on yourself. If you find errors, contact the state of Ohio to find out how have these errors may be removed. It could mean the difference between getting hired or passed over.

Don’t Mention It at the Outset

During the job interview process, some employers won’t ask you if you have a prior criminal conviction. Therefore, it is sometimes best to follow the lead of your interviewer and wait further into the interview to mention your DUI. It’s not necessary to include the mention of your DUI in your cover letter, during a phone screening call, or during an initial face-to-face meeting, unless the interviewer or hiring manager asks you the question.

Prepare Responses and Be Honest

If you are applying for a job for which you qualify and it is not a problematic job opportunity due to your DUI, take time to prepare in advance some responses to potential questions you may be asked about your previous conviction. Be absolutely honest with your answers.

Explain your DUI incident in a brief, but apologetic tone. Let the interviewer know that it was a lapse in judgment at the time and that you have now moved forward in life and learned your lesson. If you are able, give your potential employer examples of the changes you have made or the influences you have removed from your life since that time.

Contact Skilled Columbus DUI Lawyers

Are you currently up against a first, second, or subsequent DUI charge in Ohio? Before you need to consider the question, “Can I get a job with a DUI?”, make sure you have a strong legal advocate standing behind you to seek a mitigation or possible elimination of the legal consequences you are now facing. Attorney Ben Luftman and his team at Luftman, Heck & Associates are able to fight vigorously on your behalf.

Call us today at to set up a free, no obligation consultation.

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Medications can have powerful intended and unintended effects on your body. Often times people are surprised at how their system reacts to a prescription drug, and law enforcement is very concerned about how substances affect people who are behind the wheel. If you are pulled over on an Ohio roadway, you may be wondering how will prescription medications affect a sobriety test to which you are subjected. An experienced Columbus drug lawyer can help protect your rights if you have been arrested after your medications have caused you to fail a sobriety test.

Contact us at Luftman, Heck & Associates in order to discuss your case with a skilled defense attorney. Do not hesitate to call us today at .

The Dangers of Prescription Medications While on the Road

Police officers and prosecutors have become more concerned with prescription medication use over the last several years as drug abuse has increased in Ohio. In fact, it is believed that up to 30 percent of drug addiction cases in the United States involve legal prescription drugs. While the legal blood alcohol content limit is .08 percent, there is no similar legal limit for most prescription drugs. You can be arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) simply if the officer has determined that your medication has made it too difficult for you to drive safely.

Prescription drugs can make operating a vehicle to be very dangerous when they have either a stimulating or sedating effect on your body. Of the many prescription drugs that are known to cause deadly accidents on the road, some would include:

  • Opiates such as Vicodin, Lortab, OxyContin, and Oxycodone
  • Sedatives-hypnotics such as Valium, Xanax, and Diazepam
  • Stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin

Prescription Medications’ Effect on Your Field Sobriety Test

Being pulled over can be a very intimidating situation, and you will possibly be subjected to several different tests in order to determine if you are sober enough to drive. Officers will be checking to determine if you are physically unable to control your body and reflexes in a way that allows for safe driving. For example, stimulants may make it difficult for you to properly control your arm and eye movements, and sedatives may greatly reduce your reaction time. Field sobriety tests that you can fail if you are taking prescription medication include:

  • One leg stand test – Prescription drugs can affect your balance and make it impossible for you to stand on one leg.
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus test – Medication can make it difficult for you to steadily follow something with your eyes, and you may be experiencing sudden jerking movements.
  • Walk and turn test – Your ability to comprehend and follow instructions may be reduced if you are under the influence of a lot of prescription drugs.

Medication Can Cause You to Fail A Breath Test

If you are subjected to a sobriety test after being pulled over, the officer will possibly test your breath for traces of alcohol. This usually involves you blowing into a handheld breathalyzer that will then give the officer a reading of your blood alcohol content (BAC). However, these handheld devices are far from perfect, and there are many things that can cause an inaccurate return. Many medications contain alcohol even though they will not affect you in a manner similar to an alcoholic drink. Of the many medications that contain alcohol, some would be:

  • Albuterol, which is found in asthma inhalers
  • Anbesol, which is in pain relievers used for toothaches and canker sores
  • Cold or flu medicines such as Vicks Formula 44 or NyQuil
  • Cough medications including even cough drops

While being intoxicated due to taking medication can result in an OVI arrest, even a harmless amount of certain medications will possibly return an erroneously high BAC in a breath test. Contact us immediately if a faulty breathalyzer results in an arrest, and your lawyer can employ the use of more sophisticated blood tests in order to demonstrate that you were not intoxicated when you were pulled over.

Luftman, Heck & Associates Can Help You

You will need an experienced defense attorney to defend you if you are arrested after a failed sobriety test. Prescription medications can have serious side effects that can cause you to be arrested due to intoxication, but they can also result in erroneous reading on simple or defective sobriety equipment. Drug crimes are pursued very seriously by law enforcement and police, and therefore you should not hesitate to seek legal help if you or a loved one are arrested on suspicion of being prescription drug intoxication.

Contact the skilled Columbus drug lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates to begin your legal defense today. Call us at .

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Unfortunately, wrongful accusations, charges, and convictions do occur in the justice system. Everyone operating in that system, including police, investigators, attorneys, and judges are fallible and capable of making mistakes. When this occurs, the innocent can become the victim.

Becoming a victim of a false charge can not only leave you subject to criminal penalties, but also additional consequences that may inhibit your future employment and/or educational opportunities.

If you are currently facing a false accusation of committing a crime in Ohio, you may be wondering how you’re going to secure your legal rights and mount a strong defense. This is the time when you need an experienced Columbus criminal defense lawyer on your side. At Luftman, Heck, and Associates, we understand your plight and can effectively employ our skills and experience to fight for the elimination of your charges, or if necessary, defend you vigorously at trial.

Call us today at or send us a message through our online contact form to request a free, no obligation consultation.

What to Do If You’re Wrongfully Accused of a Crime

Once you are under investigation for or have been charged with a crime you did not commit, it is important that you take certain actions that can protect you in the legal sense.

  • Hire an Attorney

    Some defendants may bypass hiring an attorney and put too much faith in the good graces of the legal system, assuming that their obvious innocence will eventually be proven by the investigative process. However, this would be a wrong assumption to make. Retaining an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney is an important first step to securing your freedom. Having an attorney working for you in the early stages of the investigation will minimize the legal risks you face and increase the chances you will be proven innocent. Your attorney should work vigorously to pressure the police as necessary to investigate what is required to discover the truth.

  • Use Your Right to Remain Silent

    The natural inclination of many who are falsely accused of a crime in Ohio is to declare their innocence to all concerned. However, it is important to take advantage of your constitutional right to remain silent to the authorities. Speak with an attorney first before you speak with law enforcement. It is easy to make an error by forgetting details or relating your story with certain inconsistencies that could potentially tarnish your version of events in the view of the police or investigators. Get your story straight with your attorney first.

  • Demand a Search Warrant

    Never allow the police to search your residence without a search warrant in hand from the court. By doing this, you ensure that law enforcement follows the rules. As well, the prosecution may not have enough evidence against you to obtain a search warrant – this can help you protect your innocence without the need to continue the investigation.

  • Don’t Contact the Alleged Victim or the Victim’s Witnesses

    The idea of talking to the person who is falsely accusing you of crime may seem appealing. However, having a conversation with this individual could potentially make matters worse. If such a conversation is not handled properly, you may be accused of trying to intimidate the plaintiff. Any proposed conversation with your accuser that you believe will help solve the matter between the two of you should be discussed with your attorney first before moving forward.

  • Gather Evidence That Supports Your Innocence

    If you know of beneficial evidence that contributes to proving your innocence, gather that evidence into one location and present it to your attorney. Typical forms of physical evidence that may help your case include photos, video recordings, clothing, and other material objects. You should also gather any documents connected to your case such as emails, letters, legal or financial records, GPS records, phone records, login/logout records, and any relevant computer records. Your attorney can help present these records to law enforcement in a proper and effective manner to demonstrate your innocence.

    With the above said, it is also important to refrain from destroying any evidence that may not benefit your case. Destruction of evidence is illegal and may result in additional criminal charges.

  • Gather Witnesses Who Can Collaborate Your Story

    Make a list of witnesses who may potentially be able to corroborate your version of events. You may ask these persons to relate their side of the story with your attorney. Any individual whom you believe has information about the accusations against you, the incident involved, or the alleged victim may prove to be a beneficial witness on your behalf.

  • Be Prepared for the Fight

    If you are falsely accused of a crime in Ohio, you may encounter a fight you did not expect. Although you are innocent, it is important for you to be prepared for a potential legal battle ahead. One way to do this is to hire a skilled and experienced attorney to advocate vigorously on your behalf.

Contact an Experienced Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing a false accusation or charge of committing a crime in Ohio can be a startling event to absorb. However, our team of Columbus criminal defense attorneys at Luftman, Heck, and Associates has the experience you need to form an intelligent and effective defense on your behalf.

Call us today at to set up a free preliminary case evaluation.

If you have become the object of the criminal accusation, you may be inclined to do whatever it takes to make the charges disappear – this may be especially true if you are involved in a drug possession case. Drug crime sentences can be quite severe and leave you with the prospect of enduring a long prison term. Law enforcement officials in every state, including Ohio, understand this fact – and this is why they have developed a mutually beneficial arrangement that involves the use of confidential informants.

Throughout the state of Ohio, law enforcement officials use an individual referred to as a confidential informant, or CI, to help carry out some of their important investigative and law enforcement activities, especially as it concerns drug cases. A confidential informant is a person who is themselves facing criminal charges. Law enforcement negotiates with this individual for the successful use of their services in exchange for a reduction or elimination in charges or penalties connected with the crime for which they are accused.

You may not know what your legal options are if you have been charged with a crime in the state of Ohio. An experienced Columbus criminal defense lawyer from our team at Luftman, Heck & Associates can go over your options with you and help formulate a defense on your behalf with the goal of achieving an optimal outcome in your case.

Call us today at or email us through our online form to request a free consultation.

The Work of Confidential Informants

Criminal or confidential informants are individuals who assist law enforcement in setting up and busting other individuals accused of violating the law in some way. An exchange for leniency in the charges against the informant generally occurs in these situations. If you, as an informant, perform the job assigned to you by law enforcement, you can expect to have your charges dropped or reduced in exchange for your successful work. At times, you may be provided other benefits for your help.

The help provided by confidential informants is substantial and active in nature. As an informant, you will likely play a serious role in gathering evidence against one or more other suspects through activities that may include wearing a wire or engaging in controlled purchases. You may be asked to engage directly with a suspect and participate in an activity with that suspect such as a drug buy.

Generally speaking, criminal or confidential informants participate in a number of controlled activities that result in arrests of suspected criminals. As an informant, you may be required to agree to participate in a set number of drug buys or arrests before your charges will be dropped or reduced. The arrangement between law enforcement and you, as the informant, gives you immunity from all criminal activities you may engage in during the course of your service as an informant.

How to Become a Federal Confidential Informant

One example of how you may become a federal confidential form is if you have been arrested for a minor drug crime. In this situation, law enforcement may offer you the opportunity to become an informant in exchange for lesser charges, elimination of charges, or probation. You may be offered the opportunity to work as a confidential informant during a plea deal or even during informal questioning.

Individuals facing harsh sentences can benefit significantly by agreeing to become a CI. As one of these individuals, you may have the opportunity to clear your record and get a second chance by successfully working with law enforcement in this manner.

Advantages of Becoming a Confidential Informant

The benefits provided to confidential informants include facing lesser charges than originally issued against you or possibly acquiring a totally clean record. You can also obtain satisfaction from taking down drug operations and gaining the trust and appreciation of law enforcement at the same time. Law enforcement will take steps to protect your identity so that your participation in the arrests made will be unknown to others.

Risks of Becoming a Confidential Informant

There are potential risks and dangers to working as a confidential informant for the government. You may be placed in the position where you need to testify against one or more criminals. Through a mistake, your identity may be leaked during the investigation or trial phase. As well, some of the situations you may face during the course of your work as an informant could be dangerous, especially those situations involving drugs and money.

As well, you generally will be required to fulfill all of the terms of your agreement with law enforcement. If you fail to meet all of the terms, your deal for a reduction or elimination of the charges against you may not be fulfilled.

For these reasons, it is important to discuss the prospects of becoming a confidential informant with your attorney prior to making a decision to move forward in that direction.

Get Help From an Experienced Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer

The deals offered to confidential informants can be complex and should be understood thoroughly before any further action is taken to proceed with an agreement. Our attorneys at Luftman, Heck, and Associates can help you determine the best course of action if you’ve been offered a confidential informant agreement by law enforcement.

Call us today at to set up a free consultation so we can discuss your options.

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We all know about the dangers of drinking and driving. Driving while intoxicated can lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. It can also lead to harsh penalties and lifelong consequences such as a criminal record. A criminal record can affect you in many ways, including employment opportunities.

A DUI conviction can cause you to lose your current job and prevent you from getting hired for certain jobs and with certain companies. This limits your employment opportunities, which can lead to financial difficulties. Hold onto your freedom and stop this from happening by calling our Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates at .

DUI and Employer Background Checks

Companies want the best candidates for their jobs and many perform background checks before hiring an employee. While you may have a stellar work history, a DUI on a background check can be a deciding factor in whether or not you get hired. Some types of employment – such as those that involve driving or teaching children – have strict policies when it comes to DUIs.

Whatever you do, don’t lie about having a DUI. This will only damage your character even more. Do not bring it up, but if asked, be honest about what happened and mention positive steps you have taken since the occurrence.

DUI While Employed

If you are currently employed, a DUI could cause you to lose your job. This is especially true if you work as a truck driver. If you are convicted of a DUI while on the job or driving in your own personal vehicle, you will be terminated and not allowed to work as a professional driver for a period of time.

If you work in other professions, your job could still be in jeopardy. Those who work in government jobs or in the education field could be terminated from their positions once convicted of a DUI.

Can a DUI be Expunged in Ohio?

Certain states allow for DUIs to be expunged under certain circumstances and after a certain period of time. Unfortunately, Ohio does not allow expungement for certain crimes, and alcohol-related offenses that occur while driving a motor vehicle fall under this category. Therefore, if you are convicted of a DUI, your record cannot be sealed.

In fact, an Ohio DUI does not ever fall off a criminal record. While in some states it may fall off after seven or 10 years, traffic offenses occurring in Ohio stay on your criminal record forever.

Don’t Let a DUI Conviction Ruin Your Future

A DUI conviction comes with lifelong penalties. It stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life, making it difficult to enjoy the liberties you once had. The only way to get rid of a DUI charge is to have it dismissed.

Preserve your freedom and take advantage of your legal rights by contacting a Columbus DUI lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates. An accusation of drinking and driving is not a hopeless situation. We have experience defending people in your situation and can help you get your charges reduced or dropped.

Our extensive knowledge of the law can help you obtain favorable results. Get started today by calling us at .

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If you have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to 20 years in jail, does that really mean you won’t be released for 20 years? Not necessarily. The phrase “time off for good behavior” is a reality. You actually can get out of jail early for good behavior.

Laws are in place to reward inmates for good behavior. However, there are certain rules that apply. For example, those serving life sentences or facing the death penalty for heinous crimes are exempt from this benefit. To learn more about reduced jail and prison sentences, contact the Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates. Call to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Jail vs. Prison

The terms jail and prison are often used interchangeably, but the truth is that they are two different types of facilities. Jails are run by local government agencies and are designed for those serving short sentences for misdemeanors. Most people spend a few weeks to a few months in jail.

Prisons are run by state or federal governments. They are reserved for those serving time for felonies. Prison facilities are typically well-developed, since people often spend many years there.

They do have one thing in common. They both allow you to be released early based on good behavior.

Good Time Credit in Ohio

Prison inmates who display “exemplary compliance with institutional disciplinary regulations” – meaning they have not committed any crimes or caused any discipline issues while incarcerated – are rewarded with a sentence reduction. Those serving a sentence longer than one year will receive 54 days off their sentences every year.

However, a person serving a 13-month sentence will not be able to be released 54 days early because the release date would be in the 11th month – and inmates need to serve a minimum of 12 months before being eligible for the sentence reduction. Therefore, the earliest they could be released would be on their one-year anniversary.

In addition, the good time credit limit is 30 percent of the sentence. According to Ohio Code §5120-2-05(A):

Except as provided elsewhere in this rule, an offender serving a felony sentence in a correctional facility operated by the department of rehabilitation and correction may, by faithfully observing the rules of the institution, earn a deduction of up to thirty percent of his minimum or definite sentence. The total amount of time that may be deducted from the offender’s sentence shall be prorated and shall be awarded monthly for obeying the rules of the institution for that month.

Those in jail also receive a good conduct allowance. When sentenced to 10 days or more, a person can have the sentence reduced by one day for every two days served. So, while a person sentenced to nine days in jail will have to serve nine days, a person sentenced to 12 days in jail can actually get out in eight days, serving a lesser term. Your actual jail term will depend on your county of residence, since the laws differ.

Get Out of Jail as Quickly as Possible

Nobody wants to be incarcerated. We all enjoy our freedom and daily routines. Whether you’re sentenced to six months in jail or 30 years in prison, there are ways to get out sooner and move forward with your life. Although it’s a good idea to be on your best behavior, you may be able to request an early release from jail.

The Columbus criminal defense lawyers from Luftman, Heck & Associates can help you meet with a judge to get your jail term modified. Give us a call at .

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Whether it’s Christmas, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or spring break, many people like to celebrate by having a few alcoholic beverages. While a beer or two isn’t likely to cause much harm, many people overdo it and end up paying the price later after they attempt to drive home and get caught by a police officer. Because of this, it’s important to know how to avoid a DUI on a holiday.

With police officers more common on the roadways during the holidays, your chances of getting arrested for a DUI increase dramatically. Learn how to keep your license and prevent charges on your criminal record by following these tips from the Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates.

If you are arrested or charged with a DUI, call us right away at to begin building a defense for your case.

DUI Prevention Tips

Follow these tips for safe and sober driving during the holidays:

  • Don’t drive drunk. This is the most obvious tip, but it bears repeating because many motorists fail to follow this rule. They think they’re sober enough to drive, but they end up failing a sobriety test. When it doubt, don’t drive.
  • Eat. Eating takes the edge off the buzz you may be feeling from ingesting a little too much alcohol. Once you start to feel intoxicated, stop drinking and have a bite to eat. Just avoid salty foods, which can cause you to drink more.
  • Pay attention to the road. If you aren’t intoxicated and do decide to drive home, stay alert. Don’t swerve or roll through stop signs. Eliminate distractions. Instead, focus on getting home as safely as possible without drawing attention to yourself.
  • Cooperate. If you do find yourself getting pulled over by a police officer, don’t act defensively. Be polite and comply with the officer’s requests. If you get angry and refuse to follow orders, you could face even worse penalties.
  • Get a ride home. Have someone who is sober drive you home. If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi or rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. It’s better to pay for a ride home than to endanger yourself or others.
  • Plan to sleep over. If you’re at a party and can’t get a ride home, plan to stay overnight to sleep off the intoxication.

Getting Legal Help for a DUI

While you don’t necessarily have to give up your partying lifestyle, you do need to be responsible with your drinking habits during the holidays. If you do choose to drink, don’t drive. With ridesharing services now available to help you get home safely, there are no more excuses.

If you do get pulled over for drunk driving, don’t attempt to fight with the police officer. This will only make matters worse. Acting in a cooperative manner goes a long way.

Your next step is to contact a Columbus DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates. We have many years of experience defending those accused of drunk driving.

Our extensive knowledge of the law can help you get your penalties reduced. We may even be able to eliminate the charge altogether. To learn more, give us a call at .

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On March 21, 2017, SB 199, Ohio’s new concealed carry law, went into effect. The law makes significant changes to when and where firearms may be taken. It eliminates some gun-free zones and allows for easier access to guns by members of the military.

If you have questions about what this new law means for you, do not hesitate to consult a Columbus weapons lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates. Call us today at .

How SB 199 Impacts Private Businesses

In the past, private business owners had the right to ban guns on their properties. Now that SB 199 has gone into effect, the parking lots of private businesses which were previously known as gun-free zones permit guns. Employees who wish to do so must hold a valid concealed carry permit and keep their guns locked in their vehicle in the company lot while they are present. Although employers still have the right to ban weapons inside of their business, they can no longer prohibit employees with concealed carry permits from leaving their guns locked in their cars that are parked on their property.

The president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, Jim Irvine explained that an employee’s gun and vehicle are considered their private property and therefore, they have the right to defend themselves. He stated that an employer should not have a say in what an employee can and cannot do with their private property.

Gun Possession on Public Properties

For the first time ever, people with concealed carry permits are legally allowed to bring handguns into airport terminals, college campuses, and daycares. This applies to employees and others. For example, if a parent has a concealed carry permit, they no longer have to disarm before entering a daycare facility to drop off or pick up their children. Private business owners can still ban guns within the buildings; however, not in cars that are in parking lots.

Gun Ownership by Active Military Members

Additionally, SB199 waives the education and registration requirements for those in the active military who would like to obtain a concealed carry permit. Active military members with a valid military ID and documentation that proves they have successfully completed firearms training can forgo the education and registration requirements to which others must adhere.

How a Columbus Weapons Lawyer Can Help

If you are charged with a weapons crime in Ohio, you need an experienced Columbus weapons lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates by your side. They can investigate your situation, determine how Ohio’s new concealed carry law impacts your case, and design a solid defense strategy that may reduce your charges or get your case dismissed altogether.

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