LHA’s founding partner and accomplished Columbus defense attorney, Benjamin L. Luftman, recently provided insight and tips to fellow DUI attorneys as a contributing instructor with myLawCLE.
myLawCLE Program Highlights
Focused on assembling the best continuing legal education classes in the country, myLawCLE spotlights unique topics and presents them in formats that are easily accessible for practicing attorneys.
On December 8th, 2021, myLawCLE featured “Handling first Ohio DUI Case (2021 edition).” With a particular concentration in Ohio OVI law and 18 years of experience, Ben Luftman was an obvious choice.
Having taken thousands of calls from people after their first-time OVI/DUI, Ben walks other attorneys through his value-based intake process on a new DUI/OVI case.
You’ll learn the significance of hearing a potential OVI client’s story, being empathetic, listening to what a successful resolution looks like to them (no jail, clear record, can they still drive, etc.), the details that you (as their lawyer) can capitalize on, and their appreciation for making a complicated and scary process as easy on them as possible.
To this day, Ben is the LHA lawyer that callers speak to if they’ve been arrested for their first OVI. He goes through the practical elements of gathering the relevant contact information and case info. Then, Ben shows the importance of walking first-time OVI callers through the license suspension process, their options for driving privileges, potential penalties, and ultimately what’s available based on the details.
Ben stresses simplifying the complicated landscape of DUI defense, showcasing your familiarity with it, and finally building trust. Ultimately, by the end of the call, the potential client is more at ease and sees you as a trusted authority, hopefully converting them into clients.
Key Topics Discussed
- ALS Suspension and driving privileges
- Potential penalties and client case goals
- Types of evidence and analysis
- Local Jurisdiction
- Taking DUIs to Court and the process –expectations, hearings, discovery, and trial
- Competitive attorney fees
Watch Ben’s Presentation.