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A young insurance executive was in town on business and went out to a local bar with some college friends who still live in the area. While leaving the bar, the young man unfortunately forgot to turn on his headlights. This mistake was compounded by the fact that an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper happened to be right across the street from the bar. After exiting the parking lot, the young man was promptly pulled over. He was not wearing a seatbelt. This was also noticed by the trooper when coming up to his vehicle.

During their conversation, the trooper said he smelled alcohol and asked if the young man had been drinking. He indicated he had. He was then asked to step out of the vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He did as he was asked. The trooper felt that he had too much to drink and arrested the young man, charging him with first offense OVI / DUI. He was then asked if he would submit to a breath test. He did and the result was .150, well over the Ohio legal limit. He was charged with an additional OVI / DUI breath test offense. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Being so new to his job and in his career, the thought of an OVI / DUI conviction was terrifying to this young man. He researched his options furiously. After contacting attorney Ben Luftman, the young man decided to hire the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent him and do everything possible to keep the OVI/ DUI conviction off of his record.

Attorney Luftman represented the young man at his arraignment. At that time attorney Luftman requested and was granted limited driving privileges. The limited driving privileges allowed our client to drive and keep his job.

Thereafter, attorney Dan Sabol  represented our client and on the fifth court date, was able to negotiate the amendment of the OVI / DUI to a lesser reckless operation charge. The result thrilled our client as his entire goal was to keep the OVI / DUI conviction off of his record.

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Our client, a woman in her mid-fifties found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. She found herself charged by a Grandview Heights police office with drug paraphernalia. Her case was then scheduled in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Having never been charged with more than a traffic ticket, our client was deeply concerned about having any type of conviction on her record. Additionally, she was shocked to learn that a conviction would also lead to her license being suspended for a minimum of six months, even though she was not driving when she was received the ticket.

She contacted attorney Ben Luftman and spoke with him at length about the charges, potential penalties and her options moving forward. The Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent her on the case.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented our client. In this case, there simply were no good legal arguments. Sometimes, that happens. However, attorney Sabol was ultimately able to negotiate the dismissal of our client’s case for court costs and successful completion of a drug education program.

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A research physician at a local Columbus lab was out having dinner with some co-workers. Given that it was a social dinner, she drank a few glasses of wine. While exiting the parking lot, she forgot to turn on her headlights. She was then promptly pulled over by an Ohio State Patrol trooper. She was first informed that she had failed to turn on her headlights. She was then asked if she had anything to drink. She said she had. She was asked to step out of the car and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. She complied. After completing the roadside tests, she was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. She was then transported to a local police station and asked to submit to a breath test. She complied and the result was over the .08 legal limit. She was then charged with a breath test OVI / DUI. Her case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Being a research physician, an OVI / DUI conviction was something she really wanted to avoid. She researched diligently online about the legal issues and local attorneys. She contacted attorney Ben Luftman and spoke with him at length about her options. Ultimately, she decided the Columbus Criminal Defense team was her best option.

Drunk driving attorney Dan Sabol represented our client and after 7 court dates and multiple hearings and settlement negotiations was able to convince the prosecutor that there were legitimate evidentiary issues with the breath test. The prosecutor offered to amend the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense of Reckless Operation. The reckless operation reduction is a non-alcohol related traffic offense. This resolution significantly eased our client’s concerns about the impact an OVI / DUI conviction would have on her record.

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Having moved out of state several years ago, our client, a female in her mid-thirties, was quite shocked when going to renew her license and finding out that there was a warrant for her arrest and a block on her license in Ohio from an outstanding passing bad checks charge in  Franklin County Municipal Court.

Trying to figure out how best to deal with the situation, she contacted attorney Ben Luftman. Attorney Luftman went over a strategy that included getting the warrant set aside, taking the warrant block personally to the Ohio BMV on her behalf to fix her license issues and ultimately attempting to dismiss her case for the payment of court costs and making restitution for the check. After considering her options, she retained the Columbus Criminal Defense team for assistance.

Attorney Luftman immediately went about fixing the situation. He was able to get the warrant set aside and then took the paperwork to the BMV and unblocked her license. Thereafter, attorney Dan Sabol went to court on her behalf and was able to get the case dismissed for the payment of court costs. All of this was done without our client having to come to court in Ohio. She was extremely relieved to put this very unfortunate experience behind her, to get her license and to move on with her life.

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Our client is fortunate enough to be employed at a leading highway construction company. However, this was placed at risk when he was arrested for a first offense OVI / DUI. After contemplating losing his career and ability to support his children he placed his trust in our firm.

Attorney Chase Mallory filed a not guilty plea and quickly began actively litigating the case. Our client had been stopped after several 911 calls from concerned motorists. The police cruiser caught up with our client and captured the poor driving on camera. He immediately lit him up but our client drove nearly a mile before noticing. After smelling the odor of alcohol our client submitted to SFSTs.

At a suppression hearing, Mr. Mallory cross-examined the arresting officer on his administration if the SFSTs and his compliance with the manual he was trained on. At one point, the officer questioned whether he knew his manual very well or not. Ultimately the one leg stand and walk and turn tests were suppressed.

Having a majority of the evidence suppressed, the case resulted in a reduction to a reckless operation the day of trial. We were also able to have the Administrative License Suspension terminated and the $475 reinstatement fee waived.

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Our client, a security officer in his late twenties was stopped by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper for a marked lanes violation. Upon making contact with the car, the trooper asked the young man if he had been drinking. He said he had. He was then asked to step out of the vehicle. He complied. He was then asked to perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He performed the tests. Upon completing the tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. He was asked to submit to a breath test. He refused and was placed under an administrative license suspension. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

After researching many attorneys online, the young man contacted attorney Ben Luftman for a consultation. After speaking with attorney Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent him on the case.

Attorney Chase Mallory represented the client and after reviewing all of the police reports, was able to make a strong legal argument to the prosecutor about the potential evidentiary issues with the case. The prosecutor agreed and offered to amend the OVI / DUI charge to a reduced charge of Reckless Operation. Reckless Operation is a non-alcoholic related offense and exactly what the client was hoping to get out of the case. Additionally, attorney Mallory was able to convince the prosecutor to terminate the administrative license suspension. Our client therefore was able to regain his full license.

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A college student was out with a group of friends and had entirely too much to drink. He was driven back to his friend’s house to retire for the evening. Sometime after arriving, the young man decided he really wanted some chewing tobacco. When he could not find any at the house, he left it in search of a tin. When he finally came to, he was in a person’s car searching for a tin of tobacco and was being asked to exit the vehicle by a police officer. He was then arrested and charged with two counts of criminal mischief. His case was then scheduled in Franklin County Municipal Court.

The young man was clearly concerned about the impact these criminal charges could have on his ability to get a job after graduating. He reached out to the Columbus Criminal Defense team for assistance.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man at court. After discussing the particular circumstances and pointing out the young man’s otherwise flawless record with the prosecutor, an attorney Sabol was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all of the charges upon our client’s compliance with a number of conditions.

The result and subsequent expungement or sealing of our client’s record will leave him with an unblemished record.

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A retiree in her mid-sixties was shopping at a local Meijer store and made an extremely uncharacteristic and poor decision. While shopping, she tried to conceal items in her purse. On her way out of the store, she was stopped by loss prevention and escorted back to their office. While in the office, she was questioned about the items and confessed to trying to have taken them, but was at a loss trying to explain why. She was charged with theft and scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

This woman had never had more than a traffic ticket. She was devastated at being charged with a criminal theft charge. Theft is a first-degree misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Additionally, the thought of having a criminal record after living such a law abiding life was overwhelming. Given these circumstances, she decided she needed help and reach out to the Columbus Criminal Defense team. Attorney Ben Luftman initially spoke with her and explained all of her options. She decided to retain the team and we began work on her behalf right away.

Attorney Dan Sabol attended court on her behalf. The prosecutor had the evidence to convict our client; there was no good way of arguing the facts. However, attorney Sabol attempted to explain to the prosecutor just how out of character this was and how our client had otherwise led a long and distinguished life. The prosecutor listened to attorney Sabol’s argument and ultimately agreed to dismiss the case for our client’s payment of court costs and completion of additional conditions.

The dismissal greatly relieved our client because it removed the stain from her otherwise spotless record.

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Our client had moved out of state and during that time she was charged with passing bad checks in Franklin County Municipal Court. She never received the notice to appear, missed her arraignment court date and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Her license was also suspended for missing court. When going to renew her license in another state, she was made aware that it had been suspended due to the case in Franklin County.

As soon as she found out, she began looking for a way to get help. She called attorney Ben Luftman and he was able to explain a game plan to get the warrant set aside, remove the BMV warrant block from her license and ultimately to try and wipe away the charges. After discussing her options, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent her on the case. Attorney Luftman was able to get both the warrant set aside at court and the BMV warrant block removed from her license. Attorney Dan Sabol then represented her at her future court dates. Ultimately, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate the dismissal of her case for her payment of court costs.

This dismissal of her charges, as well as the subsequent expungement or sealing of her record, will permanently remove the charges from her criminal history and allow her to move forward without any type of permanent criminal record.

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A young man in his early twenties came to visit his family in Ohio. His family owns a local convenience. After some unexpected call offs, the young man was pressed into service and was running the cash register at the store. Having had little experience working in a store, the young man was unable to catch the ID of an underage undercover informant who was trying to purchase alcohol. The young man sold the alcohol and was subsequently charged with selling alcohol to underage persons offense. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

The young man had no prior criminal history and was understandably upset that his attempt to help his family could end up with him having a criminal background. After researching his options online, he contacted attorney Ben Luftman to discuss his options. After the conversation, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent him on the case.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man on his case. After five court dates, attorney Sabol negotiated a bond forfeiture resolution. Our client was required to pay $250 to the court to resolve his case. He was not convicted of any criminal offense. The bond forfeiture accomplished his goal by allowing him to keep his criminal background clean.

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