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Businesswoman’s OVI/DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Operation

A young businesswoman in her late twenties was driving home one evening. While on her way, she was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for a minor traffic violation. After approaching her vehicle and speaking with her, the trooper smelled alcohol and asked if she’d had anything to drink that evening. The young woman answered honestly and admitted that she had a few drinks. The trooper asked her to step out of her vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. She agreed to perform the tests. After performing the tests, the trooper arrested her and charged her with first offense OVI/DUI.

She was then transported to the Highway Patrol post and asked if she wished to take a breath test. She refused. The trooper seized her license and placed her under an administrative license suspension. Her case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court. She appeared at her own arraignment and pled not guilty.

She then showed up at her pretrial without an attorney and tried to discuss her case with the prosecutor. She had not seen any of the police reports, or the DVD. The conversation was quick. She was offered a plea to the OVI/DUI charge. Being a young businesswoman, she simply could not afford an OVI/DUI conviction. She requested and was granted a continuance to get legal counsel. She then reached out to attorney Ben Luftman to speak with him about her circumstances. After their conversation, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to represent her on the case.

Attorney Chase Mallory represented our client on her case. He appeared on her behalf at six additional court dates. Ultimately, he was able to negotiate a reduction of the OVI/DUI charge to a lesser reckless operation charge. The reckless operation is a non-alcohol related offense. The impact on her record lessened, our client was pleased with the resolution, accepted the plea, and was happy to put this very unfortunate evening behind her.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Individual results may vary based on the facts, injuries, jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, and other factors. The results and client testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of the results obtained by all clients or their satisfaction with the firm’s services.

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