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Oil and Gas Executive’s First Offense OVI / DUI Charge Reduced to a Speeding Ticket

An oil and gas executive was spending time consulting in Belmont Court, eastern Ohio. While out one evening, he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol sergeant for speeding. After approaching the car, the sergeant noted an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. After questioning the driver, the driver admitted to taking some cold medicine earlier. When asked to submit to the standardized field sobriety tests, the driver declined. He was then arrested and charged with a first offense OVI / DUI.

He was then taken back the highway patrol post and asked to submit to a breath test. He refused to take the breath test. His license was taken and he was placed under an administrative license suspension. His case was scheduled for arraignment in Belmont County Court.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team is often hired around Ohio to represent clients charged with OVI / DUI charges. We have traveled to over 40 counties across Ohio to represent clients.

The first offense OVI / DUI case proceeded through the court process. The prosecutor was unwilling to offer a deal and the judge was not amenable to accepting a reduction. The case was set for a jury trial. Attorney Dan Sabol was prepared to conduct the trial on our client’s behalf as he has many, many times before. On the eve of trial, a conference was scheduled between attorney Sabol, the prosecutor and the judge. At that time, a deal was negotiated where the first offense OVI / DUI charge was dismissed if the client agreed to plead guilty to the speeding violation and attend a 72 hour driver intervention program. Our client was more than happy to avoid the trial and resolve his case with a speeding ticket instead of a first offense OVI / DUI. The resolution allowed him to keep his career goals.

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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