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First Offense OVI / DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Operation

A young man in his late twenties was stopped by a Columbus Police Department Officer for failing to signal. While discussing the reason he stopped the young man, the officer smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle. He asked the driver if he had been drinking. The young man indicated he had. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He complied. After completing the tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. He was transported to the Columbus Police Department and asked to perform a breath test. He refused to take the breath test. He was then placed under a one year administrative license suspension. His case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Having no license and having never been charged with an OVI/DUI offense, the young man was unsure about what steps to take next. He knew he had to hire an attorney to represent him. He began to research the process of hiring an attorney. After speaking with a number of attorneys, he spoke with attorney Ben Luftman and hired the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent him on the case.

At his arraignment, we were able to secure a stay of the license suspension. This gave our client his full license back while his case was pending. Thereafter, attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol attended court on his behalf 10 times. Ultimately, we were able to negotiate an amendment of the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense of Reckless Operation. The lesser Reckless Operation charge is not an alcohol related offense. Additionally, we were able to cut the on year license suspension in half. Our client received limited driving privileges while at court. He was never without the ability to drive throughout the entire court process. He paid the fine that day and moved on with his life.

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

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