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Correctional Officer Avoids OVI Conviction

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.

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