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Insurance Executive’s OVI / DUI .150 Breath Test Charge Reduced to Reckless Operation

A young insurance executive was in town on business and went out to a local bar with some college friends who still live in the area. While leaving the bar, the young man unfortunately forgot to turn on his headlights. This mistake was compounded by the fact that an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper happened to be right across the street from the bar. After exiting the parking lot, the young man was promptly pulled over. He was not wearing a seatbelt. This was also noticed by the trooper when coming up to his vehicle.

During their conversation, the trooper said he smelled alcohol and asked if the young man had been drinking. He indicated he had. He was then asked to step out of the vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He did as he was asked. The trooper felt that he had too much to drink and arrested the young man, charging him with first offense OVI / DUI. He was then asked if he would submit to a breath test. He did and the result was .150, well over the Ohio legal limit. He was charged with an additional OVI / DUI breath test offense. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Being so new to his job and in his career, the thought of an OVI / DUI conviction was terrifying to this young man. He researched his options furiously. After contacting attorney Ben Luftman, the young man decided to hire the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent him and do everything possible to keep the OVI/ DUI conviction off of his record.

Attorney Luftman represented the young man at his arraignment. At that time attorney Luftman requested and was granted limited driving privileges. The limited driving privileges allowed our client to drive and keep his job.

Thereafter, attorney Dan Sabol  represented our client and on the fifth court date, was able to negotiate the amendment of the OVI / DUI to a lesser reckless operation charge. The result thrilled our client as his entire goal was to keep the OVI / DUI conviction off of his record.

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