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Doctorate Student’s Breath Test OVI / DUI Reduced to Reckless Operation

A PHD candidate in mechanical engineering had just moved to Columbus and went out to the local arena district bars to familiarize himself with the area and to try and meet some new people.  After leaving the bars he had lost control of his vehicle and gotten into a minor accident. While driving his car off to the side of the street to assess the damage, he was stopped by a Columbus Police Department Officer.

During his conversation with the officer, he was asked if had been drinking and was honest and polite in explaining his evening. He was then asked to perform some field sobriety tests and respectfully complied. After performing the field sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. He was taken back to the Columbus Police Department and asked to take a breath test. His result was over the .08 legal limit and he was charged with an additional OVI / DUI Per se violation. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Being a doctoral student, this young man was keenly aware of the impact an OVI / DUI conviction could have on his future employment opportunities. He researched hiring in OVI / DUI attorney and met with a number of local attorneys before deciding to put his faith and future in the hands of the Columbus Criminal Defense team.

Attorney Ben Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented the client throughout his process. Because the client travelled back and forth to class, it was first necessary to request a stay of the administrative license suspension. This gave our client his full license back while his case was pending.

Ultimately, after 5 court dates, attorneys Luftman and Sabol were able to convince the prosecutor to amend the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser Reckless Operation charge. The Reckless Operation charge is a non-alcohol related traffic offense and was exactly the resolution our client had been hoping for. He gladly accepted the resolution and was beyond grateful.

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