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Mandatory Jail Time on OVI / DUI High Concentration Charge Avoided

A gentleman in his early 30s was driving a Smart Car2 Go without its headlights on and was then pulled over for a marked lanes violation by a Columbus Police Department officer. The driver also was honking his horn at pedestrians who were legally crossing the street.

Officers then approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was bruised and bloodied and indicated he had just been in a fight. According to the officer’s report, the driver had red, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The driver then admitted to drinking “too much” alcohol prior to driving the vehicle. The officers called for a medic and while waiting noted that the driver was displaying odd behavior and was very emotional. The officers were unable to conduct the roadside field sobriety tests on the young man. He was placed under arrest and charged with a first offense OVI / DUI.

He was then transported to the Columbus Police Department and asked to submit to a breath test. He complied. The .174 result was above the Ohio high test legal limit. The gentleman was then charged with an additional OVI / DUI High Concentration charge. His license was seized. He was placed under a 90 day administrative license suspension. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Not knowing what to do, the gentleman turned to the internet in hopes of figuring out how to hire an OVI / DUI attorney. After speaking with attorney Ben Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to help him out of what was seemingly a very bad situation with the OVI / DUI High Concentration charge.

Attorney Luftman attended our client’s arraignment without him having to appear and was able to secure him limited driving privileges. This enabled our client to maintain his job and drive himself to his next court date rather than having to secure a ride. Thereafter, attorney Dan Sabol represented our client and after reviewing all of the police reports with the prosecutor, was able to negotiate a resolution where the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the OVI / DUI high concentration charge and the other minor traffic charges for our client’s agreement to plead guilty to the remaining OVI / DUI impaired charge.

This resolution enabled our client to avoid mandatory jail, as well as the yellow plates on his vehicle. Our client was more than happy to enter a guilty plea and move on from an extremely unfortunate evening.

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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