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Engineer’s .107 OVI / DUI Breath Test Reduced to Reckless Operation

An engineer was visiting Columbus and, when driving home one evening, was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for not coming to a complete stop before turning right at a light. When the trooper approached the vehicle, he noted a strong odor of alcohol and suspected the engineer of OVI / DUI. He asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and then asked how much he had to drink. The gentleman acknowledged he had a little bit to drink. The trooper then asked the gentleman to perform the roadside field sobriety tests.

After performing the tests, the driver was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. He was then taken back to a local police department and asked to take a breath test. He complied. The result was a .107. The result was above the Ohio legal limit.  The trooper then charged him with an additional OVI / DUI per se offense. The trooper also placed the driver under an administrative license suspension. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

This sequence of events was deeply troubling to this gentleman. He is an engineer and was first and foremost concerned about the impact a conviction could have on his career. With so much at stake, he went online and researched hiring an OVI / DUI attorney. After speaking with a number of attorneys, he spoke with attorney Ben Luftman. After speaking with attorney Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to represent him on the case.

Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented him on the case. Attorney Sabol reviewed all of the reports, as well as the DVD and at the sixth court date negotiated a plea agreement where the OVI / DUI charge was reduced to a reckless operation. The reckless operation charge is a non-alcohol related traffic offense. Additionally, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate no additional license suspension and no probation. This plea agreement more than met our client’s expectations and he happily accepted the deal, resolved his case and was able to move on with his life.

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