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Misdemeanor OVI / DUI Impaired Charge Reduced to Physical Control

Officers were dispatched to a residential location on a report of a young woman sitting in her car and flashing her lights and honking her horn. Upon arriving, the officers saw a young woman sitting in her car and appearing very confused and unable to put her car in park. The officer turned on his cruiser lights and ordered her to stop. The driver did not immediately stop, but finally pulled over.

Upon approaching the driver, the officers smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed her eyes were blood shot. The driver was asked if she had been drinking and she admitted she had. She was then asked if she would submit to the roadside field sobriety tests. The young driver agreed to take the tests. She performed poorly. After completing the field sobriety tests, the young woman was arrested and charged with a first offense OVI / DUI. She was asked to submit to a breath test on scene and refused. She was placed under a one year administrative license suspension. Her case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Having never been charged with more than a minor traffic ticket, the young lady was extremely scared. She now had no license and the thought of carrying an OVI / DUI impaired conviction around for life was naturally very hard for her to come to terms with. She reached out to her friends to refer her to an OVI / DUI attorney who could try to help her out of this seemingly very bad situation and was referred to attorney Ben Luftman. After speaking with attorney the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to represent her on the OVI / DUI impaired case.

At her arraignment, attorney Dan Sabol was able to get her a stay of her license suspension. The stay enabled her to regain her full license immediately. This was initially critical in allowing her to keep her job. Attorney Sabol pled the case Not Guilty and then reviewed all of the discovery and DVD. Prior to a suppression hearing, the prosecutor offered to reduce the OVI / DUI impaired charge to a lesser physical control violation. The physical control violation is a 0 point, non-moving violation. The reduction meant our client would keep the OVI / DUI impaired charge off of her record and accomplished her goal. She happily resolved the case at that point and the judge did not give her any probation as well.

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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