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The Columbus Criminal Defense Team is frequently called upon to travel outside of the central Ohio area to represent individuals charged with OVI / DUI and criminal offenses.

Our client, a woman who resides out of the central Ohio area, with a spotless driving record was arrested for an OVI / DUI and asked to submit to a breath test by a local police officer. She complied and tested a .164. She was then cited with an additional OVI / DUI per se charge and her license was suspended. She works both a full time and part time job and the license suspension, let alone an OVI / DUI conviction were creating an enormous hardship on her. Being very thorough, she researched attorneys online and spoke with Attorney Ben Luftman. After doing further research, she decided to hire the Columbus Criminal Defense Team to represent her on the case.

Reviewing all of the filed reports, Attorney Dan Sabol came up with a strong legal argument and spoke with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed with Attorney Sabol’s argument and agreed to reduce the OVI Per se charge to a lesser Physical Control violation.

The next issue concerned the license suspension. Our client was under a minimum 90 day BMV license suspension for the result of her breath test. The prosecutor was willing to terminate that license suspension. However, according to the prosecutor, the judge generally imposes a six month license suspension, even on a reduced charge. Attorney Ben Luftman was in court on behalf of the client and asked the prosecutor if he could speak with the judge about the license suspension issue.

Attorney Luftman convinced the judge not to impose any license suspension whatsoever. Ultimately, the client left court with a reduced Physical Control charge, her license reinstated, a fine and no probation.

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Our client, a young man in his 20’s, was pulled over for going a very high rate of speed. He was asked to get out of the vehicle and conduct the roadside field sobriety tests. After performing the field sobriety tests, he was arrested for an OVI / DUI. He was then taken a police station and asked to submit to a breath test. He complied and blew over the limit and was charged with an OVI Per se.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented the client and thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence, including the trooper’s report, the supplemental alcohol influence report, the DVD and the breath test information. Attorney Sabol went to court on his behalf many times, attempting to negotiate a lesser offense on behalf of his client. The prosecutor would not budge. Attorney Sabol filed a motion to suppress on his client’s behalf. A suppression hearing was held, where the trooper was called to the stand to testify. Due to attorney Sabol’s cross-examination of the trooper and argument during the hearing, the prosecutor offered to amend the OVI to a lesser charge of Reckless Operation.

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An international student tried to use a friends ID to get into a local bar. The doorman recognized that the young man was not the same person on the ID and called the police. The police questioned the young man, who confessed and was charged with falsification. A falsification conviction could have had a devastating impact on our client. He was in the United States studying on a visa and a conviction could have led to his deportation or inability to return to the United States to complete his studies. Attorney Sabol worked tirelessly on his behalf and was able to negotiate the dismissal of his case. After, Attorney Sabol filed a motion to expunge his client’s case. The judge granted the motion and the record of the charge was sealed. Our client was able to remain in the United States to complete his studies and his criminal record was wiped clean.

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A server in her early 30’s was driving home and was pulled over for speeding. She took the roadside field sobriety tests and was arrested for an OVI. In speaking with a friend for a referral, she was given attorney Ben Luftman’s name. Her friend had seen Ben speak about OVI / DUI law at a 72 hour certified driver intervention program in Columbus. She had been previously charged with an OVI. Columbus, Ohio OVI lawyer Luftman looked through all of the police reports, as well as the alcohol influence report and went to court on her behalf. Negotiating with the prosecutor, attorney Luftman was able to secure an offer to amend her charge to a lesser Physical Control violation. Our client escaped an OVI conviction and any type of enhanced penalties.

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A young chef at a local Columbus restaurant made an out of character decision and attempted to steal items from Wal-Mart. He was apprehended and charged with Theft. Due to his citizenship status, a shoplifting conviction could have been a problem. Additionally, who wants to hire an untrustworthy chef to work at a restaurant? Attorney Dan Sabol represented our client and was able to negotiate the dismissal of his case. Our client was able to keep his job, remain in the country and not worry about a shoplifting conviction impacting his future employment opportunities.

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A teacher, who was referred to the Columbus Criminal Defense team by a prior client, was pulled over for a speeding violation and ultimately was charged with an OVI. She then submitted to a breath test and blew over a .170, the high test limit. If convicted, our client would have had to spend three days in jail and would also be required to install the yellow plates on her vehicle. Neither of which was very appealing to her. She especially did not want to pull into her school parking lot with the yellow plates on her vehicle.

Attorney Ben Luftman and Attorney Dan Sabol represented her and after many court dates and intense negotiation, were able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the high test OVI. Our client achieved her goals of not spending any time in jail and most importantly to her, no yellow plates on her vehicle. She also was not given probation of any type.

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While traveling down Interstate 70 around midnight, our client was stopped for not having his headlights on. After making admissions to drinking throughout the day and during the Ohio State Basketball game that evening, the officer put him through the battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). The officer “failed” our client on each test and subsequently placed him under arrest for OVI. Ultimately, he refused to take the breath test.

Fortunately, we were able to negotiate a reduction of the OVI to a Physical Control violation in arraignment. As a part of the negotiated plea, the Administrative License Suspension for the refusal was terminated and the refusal will not be used against our client for any future cases.

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In addition to the impact OVI /DUI and criminal convictions can have on our clients’ lives and careers, in some circumstances traffic convictions can have just as great an impact. The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes defending traffic cases just as seriously as any OVI /DUI or criminal case.

Please review a few examples of recent traffic cases the Columbus Criminal Defense team has represented clients on. If you are charged with a traffic violation and are concerned with the impact it could have on your insurance, record or employment, please feel free to contact us.

  1. Our client was charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor offense for speeding.  He was in excess of twenty miles per hour over the speed limit and this was his third violation in less than 12 months. He was facing up to 30 days in jail and a potential license suspension. We were able to negotiate a no point moving violation.
  2. A Commercial Driver (CDL) was charged with speeding in a construction zone. A conviction could have meant his employment with his company would be terminated. Attorney Chase Mallory was able to negotiate a dismissal of his ticket in exchange for the payment of court costs. This result likely saved our client’s career.
  3. Our client was charged with driving under a twelve point suspension; an offense that carries a mandatory minimum of three consecutive days in jail.  After setting the matter for jury trial, we negotiated a dismissal of the driving under suspension in exchange for a plea to a minor speeding violation. Our client avoided the mandatory jail time.
  4. Having no prior traffic violations in a substantial number of years our firm was retained in effort to defend a speeding ticket that would be a permanent scar on an otherwise clean traffic record. We successfully negotiated a dismissal in exchange for the payment of court costs and a short online traffic safety class. Our client’s record was kept clean.
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The Columbus Criminal Defense Team takes pride in the work that we do on behalf of our clients. We are grateful that our clients often refer us to their friends and family when in need of representation on OVI / DUI and criminal cases.

A young lady was pulled over for a marked lanes violation. She was asked to get out of her vehicle and submit to the roadside field sobriety tests. Feeling that she failed the field sobriety tests, the trooper arrested our client for an OVI / DUI. Fearing how a conviction could affect her career, the young lady turned to a friend to help her find a Columbus DUI/OVI attorney to guide her through a very scary and serious situation. Attorney Dan Sabol was the attorney that was highly recommended. Taking the case and finding serious evidentiary issues, attorney Sabol was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the OVI / DUI offense to a lesser charge of Physical Control. By avoiding the OVI / DUI conviction, our client preserved her career aspirations. 

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A gentleman in his late 40’s, with no prior serious traffic or criminal record was pulled over for a marked lanes violation. After performing the roadside field sobriety tests, he was arrested for an OVI / DUI and transported to the Columbus Police Department. He submitted to a breath test and blew over the .08 legal limit. Facing an OVI and OVI Per se charge, he turned to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for help. Right away, we were able to get his full license back for him, which relieved a huge burden of getting back and forth to his job so he could continue to provide for his family. Attorney Dan Sabol worked diligently on his behalf in finding and arguing the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed to amend the OVI charges to a lesser offense of reckless operation. Our client avoided the OVI / DUI conviction on his record and entirely avoided any suspension of his license. 

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