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Our client, a housewife with no prior criminal record, was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper after they observed a marked lanes violation. She was then asked to step out of her vehicle and take the roadside field sobriety tests. After failing the field sobriety tests, she was arrested and charged with an OVI / DUI. She was then asked to submit to a urine test. She complied. The urine test result was above the .238 high test limit for urine. She was then charged with an OVI / DUI high concentration charge.

If convicted, our client was facing mandatory jail time, as well as a mandatory requirement to have the yellow plates on her vehicle. The thought of going to jail was understandably terrifying for our client, who in over thirty years of driving had never been previously charged with anything more serious than a traffic ticket.

Columbus Criminal Defense team attorneys Ben Luftman and Dan Sabol represented her on the case. Reviewing all of the evidence specifically that related to the urine test itself, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate a dismissal of the high test charge. The result meant our client would not have to go to jail and would not have to have the yellow plates on her vehicle. Additionally, attorney Luftman was able to convince the sentencing judge to not require our client to report to a probation officer.

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An out of state college student traveled to Columbus to go to a concert. Prior to the concert, she was in the parking lot drinking with her friends. Unfortunately, she was under 21 and should not have been drinking anywhere, let alone in a parking lot with law enforcement patrolling. A law enforcement officer spotted the young lady and asked her to produce identification. Being under 21, she was then charged with underage possession of alcohol.

There were many concerns for this young college student. The underage possession charge is a criminal offense. If convicted, it would remain on her record. It is also an alcohol related offense. Neither of these looks good to potential employers. Additionally, she lives in another state and traveling back and forth to multiple court dates would be difficult.

She did her research about her options and called Luftman, Heck & Associates to help her with the situation. Attorney Dan Sabol represented her on the case. Given her location, he was able to request permission from the court to attend on her behalf over multiple court dates without her having to be present. Ultimately, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate the dismissal of her underage alcohol case for her payment of court costs.

After the case was over, attorney Sabol filed an application for the court to expunge, or seal the record of her case. The court granted attorney Sabol’s request. The end result is that our client’s mistake is now in her past. She can move on with her life, knowing that she has a clean slate, but also learning an important lesson that she should not drink until she’s of age.

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Due to some unusual circumstances, a female in her forties was charged with criminal trespass. Having no prior criminal offenses, the lady was extremely afraid of the prospect of being convicted of criminal trespassing and the impact that would have on her record. She turned to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help with the case.

Attorney Ben Luftman represented her on the matter. Reviewing the criminal complaint, attorney Luftman was able to point out a jurisdiction error. The prosecutor agreed and dismissed the case.

The resulting dismissal mean and impending expungement, or sealing our client’s record will permanently remove the case from public record and give her a legal clean slate. Most importantly, it will give her peace of mind and the ability to move on from the unusual circumstances that led to her being charged with a criminal offense.

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A young man in his early twenties had a bit too much to drink while enjoying his weekend at Brother’s Bar in the Arena District. He was asked to leave the bar and a bit of a ruckus ensued. He was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct.

The young man had no prior criminal record and was genuinely concerned about how a criminal conviction could affect his future employment prospects. He then turned to the Columbus Criminal Defense team to try and help his situation.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented him on the case and was able to negotiate the dismissal of his case upon his completion of community service hours and his payment of court costs.

The young man was more than happy with this resolution as it and the pending expungement or sealing of the record keeps his criminal background clean and will allow him to confident apply for future employment.

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A dentist with no prior criminal record got into an argument with her partner and this argument resulted in her being charged with domestic violence and assault. Fearing the penalties for domestic violence and assault, which include up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, in addition to the potential licensure issues, she reached out to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for assistance.

Attorneys Ben Luftman and Dan Sabol represented her at varying court dates. Ultimately, attorney Luftman negotiated an amendment of the domestic violence charge to a lesser disorderly conduct offense and the assault charge was dismissed. Our client received a fine and one year of non-reporting probation.

This resolution allowed our client to avoid jail time, avoid offenses of violence on her record and potentially serious licensure issues. Ultimately and most importantly, it allowed her the peace of mind to move on with her life.

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After a routine traffic stop, our client found herself charged with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia. A conviction to either would have meant a mandatory six month to three-year license suspension. Driving is a necessity and the thought of a suspension was terrifying to our client. To make matters more difficult, she had a previous criminal conviction in Delaware Municipal Court.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented her on the drug possession and paraphernalia case. After diligently working on her behalf, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate her payment of a bond forfeiture of $250 to resolve the case. The bond forfeiture resolution is not a conviction and, therefore, does not trigger a mandatory license suspension. Our client was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, keep her license and move on with her life.

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Our client, a businessman in his thirties, found himself charged with domestic violence and assault. He was adamant that he had done nothing wrong and should not have been charged with the offenses. He came to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help in defending him on the case.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented him in court and after five court dates protesting his client’s innocence, the prosecutor dismissed the charged against him. The result allowed our client to avoid convictions on offenses of violence and jail time but more importantly allowed our client to move on from a very unfortunate and painful circumstance.

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A young nannie was in desperate need of help after being charged with an OVI / DUI High Concentration charge. Having never committed more than a minor traffic violation, an out of character mistake had put her in a position where she would have to spend mandatory time in jail if she pled guilty or was convicted. More importantly, having mandatory yellow plates on her vehicle would understandably have compromised her employment.

Attorney Ben Luftman was able to go to court on her behalf and restore her full driver’s license immediately. This was immensely helpful as the young lady was able to keep her job while her case was pending.

Attorney Dan Sabol reviewed all of the police reports and DVD and after multiple court dates was able to negotiate the dismissal of the OVI / DUI High Concentration charge. The result meant that our young client would not have to go to jail, or have the yellow plates installed on her vehicle. She was able to continue with her employment and certainly learned a great deal through a very difficult personal experience.

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A young student in his early twenties made a very unfortunate decision. While in Kohl’s, he decided to try and steal some items. Loss prevention stopped the young man before exiting the store and asked him to accompany them back to the office. While in the office, he was confronted about his attempt to steal and confessed. The items were recovered. He was then charged with theft.

Being charged with a theft at such a young age could have a potentially devastating impact in the young man’s ability to get a job after completing school. A conviction would turn up on any background check. A theft conviction is a red flag and would mark this young man as untrustworthy.

Realizing how serious the situation was, his mother contacted the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help. Attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man at court and was able to negotiate the dismissal of his case.

The result and subsequent expungement or sealing of his record will give our client a clean slate. He will be able to move on from what could have been a life-altering moment and continue his studies knowing that his theft charge has been wiped away.

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An electrician/handyman was stopped after committing a signals and weaving violation. He was asked to submit to the roadside field sobriety tests. He complied. After completing the test, he was arrested for OVI / DUI and taken back to the local police department and asked to submit to a urine test. He complied. The urine test came back well over the legal limit for marijuana. While searching the gentleman’s car, marijuana and a pipe were found and he was also charged with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia.

Being a self-employed electrician/handyman, marijuana OVI / DUI convictions could have had multiple bad consequences for our client. Most importantly, he would lose his license for six months to five years. Not having the ability to drive would understandably have a devastating impact on his business and his life. Knowing the stakes, this gentleman turned to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help.

Attorney Ben Luftman represented the client. After reviewing all of the reports and DVD for weaknesses in the state’s case, attorney Luftman was able to negotiate the amendment of the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense of reckless operation. In addition, attorney Luftman was able to negotiate the dismissal of both the marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia charges.

The resolution allowed our client to avoid an OVI / DUI conviction, as well as a drug conviction. Most importantly, he was able to get driving privileges and was never without the ability to drive during the pendency of his case. This result allowed him to continue to work and keep his company.

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