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OVI/DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Operation

A gentleman in his early 50s was pulled over by an Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper for a marked lanes violation. He was asked if he had been drinking and admitted to having a couple. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety test. He complied. After completing the tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI/DUI.

He was then asked to submit to a breath test and refused. The trooper placed him under an administrative license suspension and took away his license. His OVI/DUI case then was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

This man happened to be an important employee at a local energy company. His job required him to drive. Right off the bat he was in a very tough situation. Unsure of how to proceed, he enlisted his daughter to help him find the right attorney to help him with his OVI/DUI charge. His daughter contacted attorney Ben Luftman. After speaking with attorney Luftman, an office appointment was set up. After meeting at the office, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent this gentleman on a case that could very well impact his future.

At his arraignment, attorney Dan Sabol was able to get him a stay of his administrative license suspension. Basically, he was able to get his full license back while his case was impending. This was a crucial first step in allowing him to maintain his employment.

Thereafter, over eight court dates, the team represented our client and ultimately the prosecutor relented and agreed to reduce the OVI/DUI charge to a reckless operation offense. The reckless operation charge is not an alcohol-related offense. That outcome would not jeopardize our client’s employment and he happily agreed to accept the offer, resolve the case and move on with his 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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