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Our client had an extensive juvenile record, both criminal and traffic. He was clocked via radar by a trooper traveling 68mph in a 45mph zone heading into an intersection. When the trooper turned around to stop our client for the speeding violation he witnessed our client allegedly swerve around cars in the intersection to pass them and continue to pass cars further down the road by traveling in the berm. He was subsequently charged with Reckless Operation. Because this would have been his second moving violation within only several months, any conviction would have mandated a license suspension. Attorney Chase Mallory negotiated a plea deal to plea to a minor misdemeanor failure to control (only a 2 point violation). However, this would have still resulted in a mandatory BMV license suspension. Consequently, Mr. Mallory forced the state to proceed to trial. At trial Mr. Mallory received a not guilty verdict and our client was acquitted of all charges.
Our client was arrested for OVI after being stopped for speed and a potential window tint violation. Upon the officer noticing an odor of alcohol and beer in the backseat, he expanded the scope of the stop in likely violation of our client’s 4th Amendment rights. She willingly complied with the officer’s intrusion into her privacy. Attorney Chase Mallory filed a motion to suppress based on colorable 4th Amendment violations and lack of substantial compliance with the current manual for standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). At the motion hearing, the city amended the OVI to a physical control despite there being a .15 breath test.
She was understandably extremely concerned about the potential of a soliciting conviction on her record. Knowing the stakes, she reached out to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help.
Attorney Dan Sabol and attorney Chase Mallory represented the client on her case. Through multiple court dates and extended negotiations, attorneys Sabol and Mallory were able to negotiate a reduction of the soliciting charge to a lesser disorderly conduct offense.
The disorderly conduct reduction allowed our client to keep the solicitation charge off her record. Attorneys Sabol and Mallory also negotiated no probation and only a fine.In one year, we will be able to come back and expunge or seal the record of the case and our client’s criminal background will then be completely cleared.
A realtor was in town to visit friends. On Saturday evening, a large group of them went to the arena district. There was a lot of drinking. This realtor, who was not from Columbus, became separated from her friends. She was intoxicated. The next thing she remembered was coming to in jail and being charged with disorderly conduct. Having never been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, this lady was quite shaken. As a realtor, the last thing she wanted was a criminal conviction on her record.
Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented this client on her case. Both attorney Luftman and Sabol made the argument to the prosecutor that there really was no facts to argue, but that this was an isolated and very unfortunate incident in this lady’s life. She spent a night in jail and a criminal conviction could have negative consequences on her career.
The prosecutor agreed with the mitigating argument and agreed to dismiss her case upon the completion of community service and payment of court costs. The dismissal and subsequent expungement or sealing of her record will clear her criminal background. The result relieved our client immensely.
A young man was stopped by a Fairfield County Sheriff and was asked if he had been drinking. He admitted to drinking and was then asked to exit his vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He again complied. After performing the roadside field sobriety tests, the young man was arrested for a first offense OVI / DUI. He was then taken back to the station and asked to submit to a breath test. He again complied and the result was a .130. He was charged with an additional OVI / DUI breath test above the legal limit. His case was then scheduled in Franklin County Municipal Court.
As a young college student, interested in a professional career, the prospect of an OVI / DUI conviction was something to be avoided at all costs. He was referred to attorney Ben Luftman from a previous client.
Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man on his case. Attorney Sabol kept negotiating on the client’s behalf and ultimately was able to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a lesser non-alcohol related reckless operation offense.
The reckless operation reduction will allow this student to keep an OVI / DUI conviction off his record and allow him to continue his studies, confident that he will have a better opportunity to gain employment after graduation.
A young female college student was out with her boyfriend and they decided it would be a good idea to visit a graveyard after hours. This was not a good decision. The couple was confronted by a passerby who thought they were trying to steal a headstone. The police were called and the young lady was charged with criminal trespass.
This young lady was particularly concerned about the effect a criminal conviction would have. She was an honors student in college and was getting ready to graduate and apply for jobs. She was keenly aware that a criminal conviction could negatively impact her ability to get a good job. She was referred to attorney Ben Luftman by a former client.
Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented the young college student through multiple court dates. Ultimately, attorney Sabol was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the case against our client. The dismissal and subsequent expungement or sealing of the record will clear this young lady’s record and allow her to apply for job positions with confidence.
A salesman and father of two was out after work one evening and drank a little too much with dinner. On his way home, he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for a moving violation. He was asked if he had anything to drink. He admitted to drinking with dinner. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He complied. After performing the tests, he was arrested and charged with a first offense DUI.
The charge and license suspension were potentially devastating for this gentleman. He is a salesman and is required to drive for his job. If he were to lose his license for a substantial period of time, he would also lose his job. An OVI / DUI conviction would also cause him potential employment issues. He was referred to attorney Ben Luftman by a previous client.
Attorney Luftman attended the arraignment and was able to convince the judge to issue a stay of the client’s license suspension. The stay allowed our client to regain his full license while his case was pending and saved his job.
Attorney Dan Sabol reviewed all of the police reports and DVD of the traffic stop, attended future court dates and was ultimately able to negotiate a reduction of the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense of reckless operation. Reckless operation is a non-alcohol related offense. Additionally, attorney Luftman was able to further negotiate the termination of the client’s license suspension. The terminated license suspension allowed our client to continue working unimpeded and ultimately saved his job.
Our client was pulled over for having expired tags, and officers subsequently found marijuana in his vehicle and charged him accordingly. Knowing he could not afford the license suspension that would come with a drug conviction, he asked the attorneys at Luftman, Heck and Associates to represent him in the matter.
After meeting with the prosecutor, the State agreed to dismiss the criminal case in its entirety in exchange for a plea of guilty to the minor traffic violation. Without fear of a drug conviction, our client gladly accepted, and did not have to appear in court once to resolve the matter.
Our client, a ballet performer, turned to Luftman, Heck and Associates after getting arrested for the first time in his life. While driving in the early morning hours, an officer claimed to have observed our client commit several marked lanes violations and weave within his lane while driving. He was pulled over, and after the administration of field sobriety tests, he was arrested for OVI. Subsequent to his arrest, our client gave a sample of his breath, which registered at .102 and resulted in an additional OVI offense.
Attorney Dan Sabol attended several court dates, reviewed the video and discovery thoroughly, and filed a motion to suppress the evidence. At the motion hearing, the prosecutor relented, and acquiesced to Mr. Sabol’s offer of amending the charge to one of reckless operation. Further, the prosecutor agreed not to ask for an additional suspension in addition to the 90 administrative suspension that had already run its course.
A Columbus correctional officer found himself charged with OVI after officer’s pulled him over for driving in excess of 90 MPH, failing to use his turn signal, and committing several marked lanes violations. Concerned that his career may rest in the balance of his case, the officer called attorney Dan Sabol, who had previously represented a fellow officer.
At the first court date, Mr. Sabol thoroughly reviewed the evidence with the assistant prosecuting attorney, and Mr. Sabol pointed out several potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Using the flaws in the State’s case as leverage, Mr. Sabol successfully convinced the prosecutor to amend the OVI charge to an offense of reckless operation, with the additional 4 traffic violations being dismissed. Mr. Ellars was able to avoid both jail time and probation in exchange for a driver intervention program, a 180 day license suspension with immediate driving privileges, and a fine. Mr. Ellars was able to maintain his employment as a correctional officer by avoiding an alcohol or drug related conviction.