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Financial Analyst’s Second OVI / DUI Charge Reduced to Physical Control

A financial analyst for a local company was out with co-workers one evening and on her way home was involved in a small accident. The responding Blendon Township Officer began questioning her as to whether she had been drinking. He then asked her to perform the roadside field sobriety tests. She refused and was then charged with a second OVI/DUI offense. She was asked if she would submit to a breath test and refused to take it.

Her world was now turned upside down. Her licensed was seized and she was placed under an administrative license suspension. She had no way to get to work. If convicted, she faced mandatory jail time and mandatory yellow plates on her vehicle. She was terrified at the prospect of going to jail and equally terrified if the shame she would feel pulling into her workplace with the yellow plates.

After a great deal of online research, she turned to the Columbus Criminal Defense team to help her make the best of what seemed to be a very bad situation.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented our client on the case. Initially, attorney Sabol was able to request and was granted a stay of her license suspension. The stay allowed her to get regain her full license while her case was pending and was a great relief.

Attorney Sabol then turned his attention to the facts of the case. Reviewing all of the police reports, as well as the alcohol influence report, attorney Sabol was able to argue over multiple court dates that the prosecutor would have a difficult time proving the case if it had to go to trial. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed and offered to reduce the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser Physical Control offense.

Our client agreed to accept the reduction and resolved her case. The reduced Physical Control charge carried 0 points on her license. She did not have to spend the mandatory time in jail, nor was she required to install the yellow plates on her vehicle. She was extremely grateful for this resolution.

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