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After graduating from college, a young man returned to the central Ohio area to begin his career. Being still in his very early 20’s, he had friends that were still attending The Ohio State University. He went one recent weekend to meet them on campus.
The Ohio State University campus has a number of one way streets. While driving home, this young man was stopped by Columbus Police Department officers for driving the wrong direction on a one way street. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noted the driver had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Additionally, the officer noted that the driver was unable to focus and indicate where he was going. The driver was asked if he had been drinking, he indicated he had “two beers.” He was then asked to complete the roadside field sobriety tests. The young man complied. In the officer’s opinion he performed poorly and after completing the tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI.
After being arrested, the young man was then transported to Columbus Police Department headquarters and asked to take a breath test. He complied. The result of the breath test was above the .170 Ohio Legal Limit. He was then given an additional OVI / DUI High Test charge. His license was seized and he was placed under a 90 day administrative license suspension. Lastly, his case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.
The young man was now extremely concerned. After researching online, he realized that if convicted, he would have to serve at least 3 days in jail. He would also have a license suspension of at least 6 months and if he were given driving privileges, would have to have the yellow plates on his vehicle because of the OVI / DUI High Test charge. After further researching hiring an OVI / DUI attorney, he spoke with attorney Ben Luftman. After speaking with attorney Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to try and make a difference in this young man’s life.
Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented our client at court. Initially, attorney Luftman was able to secure limited driving privileges for the young man so that he could continue to maintain his employment. After reviewing all of the police reports, as well as our client’s statement of the events, attorney Sabol was able to secure a plea where the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the OVI / DUI High test charge.
This resolution allowed our client to avoid the mandatory jail time, as well as the mandatory yellow plates on his vehicle. Additionally, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate no probation for our client as well. Our client accepted the negotiated plea, resolved his case and was happy to move on with his life and put an extremely disappointing evening behind him.
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