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OVI / DUI Mandatory Jail Time Avoided

A woman in her late 50s was stopped by a Columbus Police Department officer recently for a marked lanes violation. The officer asked if she had been drinking. She admitted that she had. She was then asked to step out of the car and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. She agreed to complete the tests. After completing the tests, she was arrested. Unfortunately, she had been convicted of an OVI / DUI in the past six years. She was charged with a second offense in six years OVI / DUI. A search of her vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia. She was given an additional criminal citation. She was then asked to and submitted to a urine test. Her case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

If convicted, she was facing a mandatory minimum of 10 consecutive days in jail, a license suspension of 1 to 5 years, and a mandatory requirement for her to have both the yellow plates and an interlock breath device installed on her vehicle. She was understandably terrified. She attended her arraignment and pleaded not guilty. After the arraignment, she started looking for an attorney to help with her cases. After speaking with Attorney Ben Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to help try to keep her out of jail and a drug conviction off of her record.

Attorney Dan Sabol represented her and after five court dates and multiple conversations with the prosecutor, was able to negotiate the dismissal of her drug paraphernalia case. In exchange for the dismissal of the drug paraphernalia case, our client agreed to plead guilty to a reduced OVI / DUI offense that was stipulated to be sentenced with first offense OVI / DUI penalties. This resolution allowed our client to avoid the 10 days mandatory minimum in jail, the yellow plates and the interlock breath test device on her vehicle.  This resolution met all of her goals and she happily accepted the plea agreement and began to put an extremely terrifying experience behind her.

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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