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OVI / DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Operations

A businesswoman in her 30s was pulled over by a Dublin Police Department officer and after performing the roadside field sobriety tests, she was charged with a first offense OVI / DUI. She was asked if she would like to take the breath test. She refused. Her license was then taken by the officer and she was placed under a one year administrative license suspension. Her case was then scheduled for arraignment in Dublin Mayor’s Court.

She was terrified. Having never been charged with more than a minor traffic violation, this came as quite a shock. She had no license and no driving privileges. She needed to be able to drive to and from her business position. If she had to wait 30 days, it could cost her job. It was under these circumstances that she began to research hiring an OVI / DUI attorney. She picked up with phone and called attorney Ben Luftman. After speaking with attorney Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent her on the case.

Initially, it was critical to try and get our client’s full license back as quickly as possible. Attorney Luftman attended her arraignment, requested and was granted a stay of the license suspension. This meant that our client got her full license back immediately. This was a critical first step that allowed her to keep her job.

Thereafter, attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol attended a number of court dates on her behalf. Her case was transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court for strategic reasons. Ultimately, there were not many legal issues to leverage on her behalf. Sometimes that is the case. Nonetheless, attorneys Luftman and Sabol successfully negotiated a reduction of the charge to a lesser reckless operation charge. The reckless operation charge is a non-alcohol related offense. This was precisely the resolution our client was hoping for and she gladly accepted the plea and resolved her case. She was given a fine and no probation and was able to put a very bad evening behind her and move on with her life.

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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