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Jail Avoided on Third Offense OVI / DUI

A gentleman in his early 50s has been through a very difficult few years. A serious traffic accident had left him with head trauma and ultimately unable to return to the job he loved and his career. He had been struggling with this change and admittedly had made a poor choice to turn to alcohol to cope.

One afternoon he was driving and was stopped by a Hilliard Police Department officer for speeding and a marked lanes violation. After running the gentleman’s traffic record, the police officer undoubtedly saw the driver’s record, including his prior OVI / DUI charges before approaching the car.

After approaching the car, the officer asked if he had been drinking. The driver admitted he had. The officer asked him to step out of the vehicle and perform roadside field sobriety tests. The driver agreed. After completing the tests, the driver was arrested. He was charged with a third offense OVI / DUI in 6 years.

He was then taken to the Hilliard Police Department and asked to submit to a breath test. He refused. His license was then taken from him and he was placed under an administrative license suspension.

Having been represented by the Columbus Criminal Defense team previously, the driver reached out to attorney Ben Luftman for help with his third offense OVI / DUI charge. He was ashamed of his situation and extremely scared about the prospect of spending 60 days in jail.

Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented the gentleman on his case. When the Columbus Criminal Defense team represents any client on an OVI / DUI case, we always start by looking at what the evidentiary issues are with the case. When we are asked to represent someone is charged with a multiple OVI / DUI offense, we insist that they get an alcohol/drug assessment and try to address any potential issues that are going on. This particular case was no different.

Our client complied and worked very hard to deal with the issues he was having, while we dealt with his case. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed to stipulate to first OVI / DUI penalties on his third offense OVI / DUI case and as a result he did not spend any time jail, much to his great relief. He is on probation with the court and continues to work on his sobriety.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Individual results may vary based on the facts, injuries, jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, and other factors. The results and client testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of the results obtained by all clients or their satisfaction with the firm’s services.

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