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College Student Avoids Weapons Use While Intoxicated Conviction

Through a very unique set of circumstances, a young man found himself charged with weapons use while intoxicated in Franklin County Municipal Court. The young man was with his girlfriend on OSU campus when they received a frantic call from a mutual friend. The friend stated she thought her home was being burglarized. The young man and his girlfriend rushed to her house while the owner called police. Arriving prior to the police, the young man, who has a valid carrying concealed weapon (CCW) permit, grabbed his gun and went into the house.

The police arrived and called the young man out of the house and ordered him to drop his weapon and then retrieved it. After confirming the young man’s identity and that he had a valid CCW permit, the police began discussing the incident with him. While discussing the incident, they notice a strong odor of alcohol and asked if the young man had been drinking. He admitted to drinking and they used a portable breath test and the result was .094. He was then charged with weapons use while intoxicated.

The young man had many concerns; he did not want a criminal conviction for weapons use while intoxicated on his record and was concerned about the impact on his CCW permit. He reached out to attorney Ben Luftman and after an office appointment, hired the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent him on the case.

Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented him on his weapons use while intoxicated case. Attorney Sabol was able to negotiate a bond forfeiture resolution on the young man’s behalf. The young man had to post $100 and then forfeit that amount to the court to resolve the case. He was never convicted of the charge. In one year, we will be able to come back to court on his behalf and file a motion to seal or expunge the record of the bond forfeiture and the entire case will be removed from his criminal background.

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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