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2006 Case Results

12/27/06 -- Client Avoids Jail - Ohio DUI Mandatory Jail Dropped, Drug Charges Dismissed - client, a 25 year old woman, charged with Ohio DUI and drug paraphernalia. She tested over Ohio's "high tier" breath test legal limit which requires a mandatory minimum of 3 days in jail and yellow plates.  Case settled with client agreeing to plead guilty to DUI in exchange for prosecution dismissing the high test charge and drug paraphernalia charge. Client received no jail, a 3 day alcohol education program, fine, and other minimum penalties. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

12/19/06 -- Not Guilty Verdict for Client Accused of Embezzling from Employer - our client was accused of embezzling from her employer.  The first indictment was dismissed on the day of trial by the prosecution for lack of evidence.  The charges were re-filed.  The case proceeded to trial.  Our client was acquitted of all charges that she stole money from her employer, a national retail store. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

12/14/06 -- Felony Possession of Drugs on School Grounds Reduced to Misdemeanor - client, an 18 year old high school senior, indicted for brining felony level drugs (ecstacy) to his high school.  Charges dropped to misdemeanor.  Client receives a fine and probation. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

12/21/06 -- 66% Reduction in Mandatory Jail Sentence on Ohio DUI / BMW Saved From Forfeiture- client, a 26 year old Columbus man, charged with his 3rd offense Ohio DUI triggering a mandatory minimum 30 days in jail and forfeiture of his BMW.  Client received 10 days in jail. State waived forfeiture of client's car.  Client received a fine, 3 years of probation, and a 1 year license suspension. (We wish you the best in Chicago!)  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

12/21/06 -- Ohio DUI Single Car Accident Reduced to Non-Moving Violation - client, a 27 year old Columbus man, charged with Ohio DUI after wrecking his car on a rural road.  Ohio DUI charges reduced to a non-moving violation based upon significant evidence problems for the prosecution. Client received a fine, 3 day alcohol education program, and probation.  No license suspension imposed. ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

12/14/06 -- Drug Possession Charges Dropped - client, 38 year old Columbus woman, arrested for Ohio DUI and possession of drugs.  Drug charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to Ohio DUI,1st offense. Client received a mandatory minimum penalty on the Ohio DUI. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

12/18/06 -- Cincinnati Teacher Avoids DUI - client, a 23 year old young woman in her first year of teaching, was arrested for Ohio DUI in Columbus area.  After investigation of case, charges were reduced to a non-moving violation.  Client agreed to a $200 fine and a 3 day alcohol education program.  Client did not receive a license suspension nor points on her driving record. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

12/13/06 -- Ohio DUI with Breath Test Reduced to Lesser Charge - client, a 47 year old New Albany woman, arrested for Ohio DUI (1st offense) after allegedly failing field sobriety tests.  After 9 months of representation, case was eventually reduced to reckless operation of a motor vehicle.  Client received a $300 fine, a 3 day alcohol program, and no license suspension.  ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

12/21/06 -- 85% Reduction in Mandatory Jail for 3rd Offense Ohio DUI- client, a 24 year old Upper Arlington man, arrested for his 3rd offense Ohio DUI while still on probation for his 2d offense Ohio DUI.  Client received 10 days in jail on the Ohio DUI charge and 20 days in jail for violating probation.  Client is to continue counseling and AA. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

12/20/06 -- Jail Avoided after DUI Police Chase Requiring "Stop Sticks" - client, a 31 year old Stoutsville man, led local Ohio State Patrol and sheriffs deputies on a chase requiring the deployment of  "stop sticks".  The felony fleeing charge was dismissed. Client entered a plea to Ohio DUI, 1st offense, and received a suspended jail sentence, fine, 6 month license suspension, and 1 year probation.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

12/12/06 -- 5th offense Ohio DUI reduced to Reckless Operation - client, 39 year old man, charged with his 5th offense DUI in Ohio.  After investigating the case, it becamse clear there was a complete lack of evidence that client was impaired and was most likely arrested simply due to his poor DUI record.  Client received a $250 fine, a suspended jail term, and 1 year of non-reporting probation.  However, client must undergo an alcohol assessment and finish counseling. ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

12/19/06 -- 2d Ohio DUI in 5 months and Probation Violation - client, a 27 year old Johnstown man, was arrested for his 2d Ohio DUI just 5 months after pleading guilty to Ohio DUI in May 2006.  Client was also charged with Driving under an Ohio DUI Suspension and violating probation.  Also, 5 days before his sentencing on the 2d offense DUI, client violated probation again by testing positive for alcohol consumption.  Client received 30 days in jail, alcohol counseling, a minimum of 3 AA's per week, 3 years probation, and a 2 year license suspension. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

12/19/06 -- Plea to Ohio DUI 1st Offense - client, a 19 y ear old Upper Arlington young man, tested over Ohio's breath test legal limit.  After reviewing his case and circumstances, it was deemed most appropriate to simply enter a plea to the Ohio DUI. Client received mandatory minimum penalties. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

12/19/06 -- Plea to Ohio DUI 1st Offense - client, a 44 year old Reynoldsburg man, arrested for Ohio DUI after failing field sobriety tests and testing 67% over Ohio's DUI legal limit.  After 6 months of representation and all legal options exhausted, client entered plea to Ohio DUI and received mandatory minimum penalties. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

12/20/06 -- Plea to Ohio DUI 1st Offense - client, a 20 year old college junior, wrecked his car with 3 passengers.  Client also charged with open containers and underaged drinking.  Client entered a plea to Ohio DUI, 1st offense, and received a suspended jail sentence, fine, probation, and license suspension.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

During the Week of 12-04-06 to 12-08-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI and Ohio Criminal Cases

Local Teacher's DUI charges reduced to Reckless Operation-  client, a teacher in a suburban school district was arrested for DUI. Client also tested 38% over Ohio's DUI legal limit. After 9 months of representation, charges were reduced based upon evidence problems.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Mandatory Jail & Mandatory Yellow License Plates Avoided -- client, a 32 year old Sunbury man and banker, charged with Ohio DUI after failing field sobriety tests and testing over Ohio's "high tier" legal limit.  The breath test charge was dismissed by the prosecutor. Client entered a plea to the DUI and received a suspended jail sentence, driving privileges without yellow plates, a 3 day alcohol program, and probation. ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI charges amended to Non-Moving Violation / No Points Assessed to Client's Driving Record - client, a 19 year old young man, was observed by  a police officer driving erratically. Client failed field sobriety tests and tested over Ohio's legal limit. Charges amended on day of final pre-trial due to evidence problems relating to client's breath test.  As part of probation, client must attend and complete an underaged drinking program. However, client was still ordered to spend 48 hours in county jail due to other issues in the case. ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI Charges Amended to Non-Moving Violation Carrying No Points - client, a 31 year old Dublin man, was arrested for Ohio DUI.  After 5 months of legal representation, his Ohio DUI charge was amended to a non-moving violation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Ohio DUI Charges Amended to Non-Moving Violation - client, a 31 year old Marysville man, was charged with Ohio DUI after being stopped for weaving.  Our investigation into his case disclosed that he performed quite well on the field sobriety tests.  After 4 months of legal representation, his Ohio DUI charge was amended to a non-moving violation. ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Driving Under Suspension / No Ops Case Dismissed - client was charged with Driving Without a Valid License after not paying his BMV reinstatement fee when it was due.  Case dismissed at arraignment. ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

4th Offense Ohio DUI Client Receives Suspended Jail Sentence and a 3 Day Program - cilent, a 36 year old Grove City man, was charged with his 4th DUI.  Client received no jail, a 3 day alcohol education program, 2 years probation, alcohol counseling, 2 year license suspension, and driving privileges with ignition interlock.  Client was fined $250 plus court costs. ( Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Tod Brininger)

Ohio DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Operation - client, a 47 year old Columbus man, was charged with his first offense Ohio DUI.  After nearly 7 months of representation, his charges were reduced on the day of trial. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI Guilty Plea Entered - client, 22 years old, was arrested for Ohio DUI and tested 45% over Ohio's DUI legal limit. After reviewing client's case and background it was determined the best option for her was to plea to the DUI. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Brad Koffel)

Mandatory Jail Term Avoided - client, a 54 year old Grove City man, was arrested for driving under an Ohio DUI Court Suspension.  Client's charges were amended to Driving Without a Valid License and he was fined $100. ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI charges Reduced to Non-Moving Violation - client, a 31 year old Columbus man, was arrested for Ohio DUI after allegedly failing field sobriety tests. No bad driving was noted and he performed well under the circumstances on 3 field sobriety tests that facilitated a speedy and favorable resolution for our client. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

One Ohio DUI client entered a plea to DUI in exchange for a dismissal of his marijuana possession case. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

We referred 4 clients out for alcohol assessments and/or counseling this week as a condition of legal representation

During the Week of 11-27-06 to 12-01-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI, Ohio Criminal cases

Fleeing Charge Dismissed - client, a Columbus doctor, charged with Fleeing, reckless operation, and speeding. Fleeing carries mandatory 3 year license suspension with no driving privileges. Flee charge dismissed. Client sentenced to a fine and probation on the reckless operation charge.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Ohio DUI - 3rd Offense - client, 28 year old man, charged with his 3rd Ohio DUI.  Sentenced to 3 days in jail, 3 day alcohol program, and a 1 year license suspension (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Ohio DUI - 2d Offense - client, a 25 year old man, charged with his 2d offense Ohio DUI after driving the wrong way on highway.  Client sentenced to 10 days in jail, 2 year license suspension, and probation with counseling. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

Ohio DUI amended to Non-Moving Violation - client, a resident of South Korea, charged with Ohio DUI and testing over the legal limit. Charges reduced to a non-moving violation, no license suspension, fine only. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Vehicular Manslaughter - client received a fine and a one year license suspension with the consent of the victim's family. No drugs, alcohol, or reckless driving invovled.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

4th Offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI offender - client, 44 yeard old man, charged with 4th offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Client sentenced to 30 days in jail, 3 year license suspension, 5 years probation, alcohol counseling, and AA.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Ohio DUI 2d Offense Reduced to Non-Moving Violation, No Points on Driving Record - client, a 27 year old civil engineer, arrested for Ohio DUI 2d offense. Case reduced on day of trial to a non-moving violation, no jail, no yellow plates. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Ohio DUI High Test - Client Avoids Mandatory Jail & Yellow Plates - client, a 19 year old young woman, arrested for Ohio DUI after being involved in accident with a pedestrian.  Mandatory jail and yellow license plates avoided after 5 months of representation. Client entered plea to lower level Ohio DUI. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI Reduced to Reckless Operation - client, a resident of South Carolina, arrested for Ohio DUI. Case reduced to reckless operation, $500 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

Ohio DUI Reduced to Non-Moving Violation - client, a 20 year old college student, arrested for Ohio DUI while visiting Columbus.  Ohio DUI charges reduced to non-moving violation carrying no points on driving record, no license suspension, and a$250 fine. ( Client Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

Ohio DUI Reduced to Reckless Operation - client arrested night of his 21st birthday.  Charges reduced based upon evidentiary problems in prosecution's case.  No license suspension imposed. ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Plea to Ohio DUI - client entered plea to Ohio DUI based upon incriminating arrest video. Minimum penalties imposed. ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI reduced to Reckless Operation - client, a 33 year old Columbus man arrested for Ohio DUI. Charges amended to reckless operation based upon evidence problems for the State. ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

3 clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

During the Week of 11-20-06 to 11-22-06 (Thanksgiving Week) - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI and Ohio criminal cases

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation - client, a 26 year old aspiring paramedic, arrested for his second offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Client was facing a mandatory minimum 10 days in jail, yellow license plates, and up to a 5 year license suspension.  Charges reduced to reckless operation, no jail, no yellow plates. Client must attend and complete a 3 day program and pay a fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation - client, a Columbus dentist, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after driving left of center and allegedly failing field sobriety tests.  Our investigation of the case showed that clientdid quite well on the field sobriety tests and the charges were reduced to reckless operation prior to trial. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to non-moving violation, carrying no points -client, a sophomore at Rutgers University, was stopped and arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI while spending the summer in the Columbus area.  After 5 months of representation, the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges were amended to a non-DUI, non-moving violation carrying no points on her driving record. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Probation Violation Hearings - Ohio DUI client was summonsed to court by his probation officer for violating probation.  Probation Officer recommended jail.  At the conclusion of the probation revocation hearing, the Judge decided that our client had not violated probation.  His Statement of Violations was dismissed and probation continued. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Felony Drug Abuse -  client, a 52 year old business man, was indicted on prescription drug abuse in Franklin County, Ohio.  Client was not eligible for Intervention in Lieu of Conviction ("ILC").  However, client was admitted into a pre-trial diversion program. Provided client successfully completes Diversion, his indictment and all charges will be dismissed. Client will then be eligible to have his record sealed. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox)

100% elimination of mandatory jail in Ohio DUI case - client, a 24 year old paralegal, was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Her breath test was over .170% which triggered a mandatory 3 day jail term and mandatory yellow license plates.  At the conclusion of the breath test suppression hearing, the judge suppressed our client's breath test which removed the mandatory jail and mandatory yellow license plates.  Client entered a guilty plea to the lesser DUI charge.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox)

Misdemeanor Drug Possession - client, an 18 year old young man, was frisked by an undercover police officer which resulted in the officer finding a baggie of marijuana. Client was charged with Drug Abuse.  Through pre-trial negotations, client will submit to random urine screens over the next 120 days.  In the event client tests negative for all his screens, the charges will be dismissed. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox).

Favorable Plea Bargain Offer - one Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI client received a generous plea bargain offer to consider accepting.

During the Week of 11-13-06 to 11-17-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI cases and Ohio criminal cases

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation - client, a 64 year old woman, stopped for driving without headlights after leaving valet stand at local country club. She allegedly failed field sobriety tests and refused a breath test.  DUI reduced after 3 months of representation.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox).

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation --client, 22 years old, stopped for speeding in Columbus, Ohio and arrested for Ohio DUI after failing field sobriety tests. Charges reduced after 6 months of representation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation -- client, a 45 year old man, was involved in a 3 car accident, failed sobriety tests, and refused to give a breath sample.  Ohio DUI reduced after 6 months of representation. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation -- client, a 28 year old man, was approached by a police officer who told him not to drive.  Client waited and drove anyway.  Client failed field sobriety tests and chose not to give a breath sample.  Ohio DUI charges amended to reckless operation after 5 months of representation. (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger and Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI reduced to non-moving violation - client, 37, stopped for failing to signal and arrested after failing field sobriety tests.  DUI amended to non-DUI, non-moving violation carrying no points on BMV record. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

5th Offense Ohio DUI - client, 32, charged with his 5th offense Ohio DUI. Client facing 1 year in jail.  Sentenced to 90 days in jail. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Tod Brininger)

4 of our Ohio DUI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

We referred 3 clients to alcohol counseling and 1 client to an out of state inpatient rehab treatment facility

During the Week of 11-06-06 to 11-10-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI and Ohio criminal cases

Ohio DUI Dismissed on day of Suppression Hearing- client charged with DUI after stopped for speeding and allegedly failing field sobriety tests. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

4 of our Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to reduced charges of reckless operation (clients represented by Attorney Brad Koffel, Steve Fox, and Tod Brininger)

4 of our Ohio DUI clients had their charges amended to non-moving violations carrying no points on their driving records. (clients represented by Attorney Brad Koffel, Steve Fox, and Tod Brininger)

3rd arrest for DUI in Ohio -  client sentenced to no jail and no yellow license plates after pleading guilty to Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  (Client Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

90% reduction in mandatory jail on Ohio DUI - client arrested for 2d offense DUI in Ohio and facing mandatory minimum 20 days in jail and yellow license plates.  Client received 24 hours in jail and no yellow license plates. (Client Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Tod Brininger)

100% elimination of mandatory jail - Ohio DUI client facing mandatory 3 days in county jail. Client entered plea to Ohio DUI and received a suspended jail sentence and 3 day program. (Client Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Car Accident / Improper Lane Change - case dismissed on day of trial. Client, a commercial truck driver with a CDL was charged with causing an accident.  (Client represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Attorney Tod Brininger)

4th offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI - client received a 3 day alcohol program, no jail, and counseling. (Client Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Ohio Driving Under DUI Suspension - client facing mandatory jail and loss of vehicle. Case amended to Driving without a valid license, $50 fine only. (Client represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor - case dismissed. (Client represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

Probation Violation Hearing - client violated probation after being arrested for underaged possession of alcohol. Probation officer recommended 30 days in jail / 15 weekends in jail. Judge sentenced client to 5 weekends in jail. (Client represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Underaged Drinking Charges - 2 clients entered pleas and received $150 fines, no probation. (Clients represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

Guilty Plea at Arraignment to Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI: one client entered a plea to Ohio DUI / Ohio Ohio and received minimum penalties. (Client represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

We referred 4 clients out for an alcohol assessment.

2 of our clients received favorable offers to consider accepting.

During the week of 10-30-06 to 11-03-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI and Ohio felony / Ohio criminal cases.

2 of our clients charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI this week received reductions in their charges to reckless operation  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Attorney Tod Brininger)

2 Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients had their cases amended to non-traffic offenses, carrying no points. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Attorney Tod Brininger)

100% elimination of mandatory jail and no yellow license plates ("restricted plates")- Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI client triggered mandatory 3 days in jail after testing .186%. Client's jail time was suspended after 5 months of negotiations. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger and Steve Fox)

85% reduction in mandatory jail sentence for Columbus Ohio DUI case and no yellow license plates ("restriced plates")- after being involved in a car accident, our client was charged with DUI in Ohio as a second offense. She refused a blood test at the hospital and triggered a mandatory 20 days in jail.  Client agreed to plead to the Ohio DUI charge in exchange for a recommended sentence of just 3 days in jail and a 3 day program. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Steve Fox)

100% elimination of mandatory jail for Ohio DUI and no yellow license plates ("restricted plates") - our client tested .234% after being arrested for DUI. Due to an "invalid sample" prior to his breath test, the prosecution dismissed the breath test charge.  Client received a suspended jail sentence, a 3 day program, no yellow license plates, and probation.
(Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

2 Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients entered pleas to DUI 1st offense and received mandatory minimum penalties. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Steve Fox)

Embezzlement of $56,000 from client's employer -
client accused of stealing nearly $56,000 from her employer over a 5 year period. Client entered a plea to 3 misdemeanor theft offenses. She was ordered to serve 15 consecutive weekends in jail and pay full restitution over the next 5 years.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

During the Week of 10-23-06 to 10-27-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI cases and criminal cases. The cases resolved this week for Franklin County Ohio DUI / Columbus Ohio DUI; Marysville Ohio DUI / Union County Ohio DUI; and, Upper Arlington Ohio DUI charges.

Columbus Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI case reduced to reckless operation of a motor vehicle -
client, a former NFL football player with pre-existing unresolved injuries was arrested after he performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. He disagreed with his assessment of the field sobriety tests and was upset the officers did not take into account his pre-existing conditions. The video of his arrest did not favor either the client or the prosecution. Case reduced on the day suppression hearings were scheduled. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Attorney Tod Brininger)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges reduced to reckless operation of a motor vehicle
- client stopped fod a 3r speeding and failing field sobriety tests. She refused to give a breath test.  Case resolveed without a trial after 3 months of plea negotiations. Client agreed to attend a 3 day alcohol education program. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

Columbus Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI reduced to reckless operation of a motor vehicle - client arrested after being stopped on S.R. 315. She claims she performed well on the field sobriety tests. Police reports indicated otherwise. No video to corroborate either side. Case resolved without a trial or suppression hearings after 5 months of representation. Client voluntarily did the 3 day alcohol program prior to end of case. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Steve Fox)

100% elimination of mandatory jail - our Columbus Ohio DUI client facing a mandatory minimum 20 day jail sentence after being stopped for 2nd offense DUI and testing .198% by breath. Client entered a plea to DUI after 7 months of representation. Client permitted to attend 3 day program in lieu of jail. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

4th offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI receives 10 days in jail - our client sentenced to 10 days in jail among other penalties after 3 months of representation. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Attorney Steve Fox)

Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI client facing mandatory 20 days in jail receives suspended jail sentence - our Columbus Ohio DUI client charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI 2nd offense refused a breath test.  All charges resolved without suppression hearings or a trial.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

During the Week of 10-16-06 to 10-20-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI and Ohio Criminal Cases

2d Offense Ohio DUI (prior Ohio DUI in 2005) -
while on probation for a 2005 Ohio DUI, client struck a utility pole, was driving under suspension, and was charged with 2d offense Ohio DUI (mandatory 23 days in jail).  After thorough plea negotiations, client's jail sentence was reduced by 70% (she was permitted to serve 2 weekends in jail).  She received a suspended jail sentence for driving under suspension. We avoided a probation violation as well.

Pilot's Ohio DUI (.093% breath test) reduced to non-moving violation
-- client charged with Ohio DUI after allegedly failing field sobriety tests and a breath test.  Case reduced to a non-moving violation with no points.

1st Offense Ohio DUI reduced to lesser traffic offense - client stopped for speeding, did field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. Case reduced to reckless operation.

3 Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to Ohio DUI (original charges) and received mandatory minimum penalties.

4 Ohio DUI clients received favorable plea bargain offers (reduction of charges) to consider accepting

During the Week of 10-09-06 to 10-13-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI and Ohio Criminal Cases

Reduction to Reckless Operation - two (2) of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI cases were reduced to the lesser traffic offense of reckless operation of a vehicle

Plea to Ohio DUI (.250%) - one of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients tested .250% and entered a plea to the charge on the day of trial.  Client received a weekend in jail and a 3 day program.

Plea Bargain Offers to reduced charges - four (4) of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

Assault reduced to Disorderly Conduct - client involved in a bar fight and was charged with assault. He entered a plea to disorderly conduct and received non-reporting probation and a small fine.

Underaged Consumption of Alcohol - client received a small fine, no probation.

During the Week of 10-02-06 to 10-06-06 - we resolved the following Ohio DUI cases and Ohio criminal cases

Ohio DUI  / Ohio OVI charges Dismissed - one of our clients was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI.  After cross-examination of the arresting officer, the judge suppressed all evidence in the case on the basis that the trooper did not have "probable cause" to arrest our client.

One of our clients had his breath test suppressed at the conclusion of a suppression hearing

One of our clients had all the field sobriety tests suppressed by the judge since they were not done properly

3 of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients had their charges amended to reckless operation

4 of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

100% reduction / elimination of mandatory jail - client triggered mandatory 3 days in jail due to a high breath test. Client's case was resolved with a suspended jail sentence and he was permitted to complete a 3 day program instead.

84% reduction of mandatory jail - 3rd offense Ohio DUI - one of our Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI clients was charged with a 3rd offense facing a mandatory minimum 60 days in jail and forfeiture of her vehice.  Client entered a plea to DUI and received just 10 days in jail. Client successfully completed a significant amount of inpatient and outpatient treatment for alcoholism and depression.

100% reduction / elimination of mandatory jail - one of our client's was charged with 3rd offense DUI.  After nearly 6 months of legal representation and chemical dependency counseling, the client received a suspended jail sentence. She was permitted to complete a 3 day alcohol program in lieu of actual jail.

3rd offense Ohio DUI - client was sentenced to 20 days in jail

1st offense Ohio DUI - on the day of trial, client decided to enter a "guilty" plea to DUI. Client received mandatory minimum penalties, no jail, driving privileges, no yellow plates, and minimum fine.

3 of our clients were charged with Underaged Consumption of Alcohol - each client received a $100 fine, no probation

Aggravated Menacing - client charged with a littany of offenses and presented several dozen aliases. Court refused to release client on bail.  Client held for 6 days without bond and entered a plea to Aggravated Menacing and was fined $500.

We referred 4 clients out for assessments and counseling

During the Week of 09-25-06 to 09-29-06 -- we resolved the following Ohio DUI cases and Ohio criminal cases

Not Guilty Verdict (Ohio DUI / OVI)--  client, a partner with a major US law firm, was acquitted of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI. Client stopped by an Ohio State Patrol trooper for speeding, allegedly failed field sobriety tests, and refused to submit a breath sample. Client found guilty of speeding and fined $20.00

Ohio DUI reduced to non-traffic offenses -- 2 Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to non-moving violations carrying no points.

Ohio DUI reduced to reckless operation -- 1 Ohio DUI client entered a plea to a reduced charge of reckless operation

100% reduction of mandatory jail -- 2 Ohio DUI clients triggered mandatory jail terms as a result of high breath tests. Both clients entered pleas to Ohio DUI but had their jail terms suspended

Felony reduced to Misdemeanor -- client indicted on 2 felony weapons charges. Indictment amended to misdemeanor. Client received a fine, a suspended jail sentence, and 2 years of probation.

Felony Deferred Prosecution / Intervention in Lieu of Conviction -- client, a recovering prescription pain pill addict, was granted Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (commonly known as "Treatment in Lieu").  Provided client satisfies all terms and conditions of treatment plan for at least one year, the case will be dismissed.

3 Ohio DUI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

We set 7 Ohio DUI cases over for pre-trial suppression hearings

We set 4 Ohio DUI cases over for jury trials

We referred 3 clients out for alcohol / drug assessments to determine an appropriate treatment plan

During the Week of 09-18-06 to 09-22-06 -- we resolved the following Ohio DUI and criminal cases

Dismissal of Ohio DUI charges  -- client charged with DUI and tested .142%--all Ohio DUI charges dismissed by prosecution day before trial after client's breath test was suppressed

100% reduction / elimination in mandatory jail for Ohio DUI breath test - Ohio DUI -- 2 Ohio DUI clients triggered mandatory 3 days in jail as a result of breath tests over .170%. Both clients received no jail and suspended sentences

Ohio DUI - 2d Offense While on Probation -- client facing mandatory minimum of 20 consecutive days in jail and a probation violation -- client received 3 weekends in jail

3 Ohio DUI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

Criminal Trespass -- client entered a plea and received a fine and 1 year of probation

1 Ohio DUI client entered a plea to DUI (the original charge)

Assault charge amended to disorderly conduct -- client paid a $150 fine, no probation

Domestic Violence charge reduced-- client agreed to enter a plea to disorderly conduct and probation

Ignition Interlock -- 2 clients' Petitions to remove ignition interlock devices were granted

We referred 3 clients to an alcohol counselor for assessments

During the Week of 09-11-06 to 09-15-06 -- we resolved 7 Ohio DUI cases and a Felony Embezzlement case

2d offense Ohio DUI Dismissed by Prosecution -- client charge with Ohio DUI - 2d offense and refused a breath test triggering a mandatory 20 days in jail -- DUI charges dismissed prior to start of suppression hearing by prosecutor. Client paid a $50.00 fine for speeding.

100% reduction / elimination of mandatory jail -- 3 Ohio DUI clients triggering mandatory jail terms of at least 3-6 days received suspended jail sentences and were permitted to attend a 3 day alcohol education program

Reduction to Lesser Traffic Offenses -- 2 Ohio DUI clients had their Ohio DUI charges amended to lesser traffic offenses

1 Ohio DUI client received a favorable plea bargain offer to consider accepting

1 Ohio DUI client with a prior DUI reduced in 2004 entered a Guilty plea to DUI on our advice and received no jail. Client was permitted to attend a 3 day alcohol education program.

F4 Embezzlement ($57,000) -- Client allegedly embezzled nearly $60,000 from her employer over a 5 year period.  After 9 months of representation, Client entered Guilty pleas to 3 misdemeanor theft charges

During the Week of 09-04-06 to 09-08-06 -- we resolved 10 Ohio DUI cases and a felony embezzlement

Ohio DUI Dismissed by Prosecution -- client, a pilot, was charged with Ohio DUI, allegedly failed field sobriety tests, and tested 23% over Ohio's breath test limit (.080%).  Test suppressed at suppression hearing and DUI charges dismissed. Client paid a fine to weaving ("Marked Lanes")

Ohio DUI and Hit - Skip Dismissed by Prosecution -- client charged with DUI and hit-skip. Police responded to 911 calls and found client, his disabled car, and his car keys in a gas station parking lot. Client's passenger walked away from scene.  2 hours later, client's passenger located and denied any knowledge of accident.  State unable to rule out passenger as driver of vehicle. Client denied being driver. All charges dropped against client. However, client entered a guilty plea to "Obstruction of Official Business".

Ohio DUI (.127% breath test) amended to non-DUI, non-moving violation -- client, a commercial driver, charged with Ohio DUI and tested 47% over Ohio's DUI legal limit. Case amended to non-DUI, non-moving violation, client did not receive any points on his driving record. CDL not suspended.

100% reduction of mandatory jail -- 3 Ohio DUI clients triggered mandatory jail sentences of 3-6 days in the county jail. All 3 clients received suspended jail sentences

Felony Embezzlement (3rd degree felony carrying 1 -5 years in prison)-- client allegedly embezzlded nearly $50,000 from an elderly relative.  After 14 months of representation, client admitted into a deferred prosecution agreement.  After client successfully completes terms and conditions of diversion, all charges will be dismissed.

3 Ohio DUI clients had their charges reduced to non-DUI, lesser traffic offenses

4 Ohio DUI clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

1 Ohio DUI client entered a Guilty plea to DUI on our advice at arraignment due to indefensibility of his case

During the week of 08-28-06 to 09-01-06 -- we resolved the following Ohio DUI cases and Ohio felony cases

Not Guilty Verdict -- Ohio DUI client stopped by Delaware County Sheriffs Deputy in April 2006 after leaving the Arena District. Client allegedly failed field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. Client found "Not Guilty" at trial.

Felony Theft & Misuse of a Credit Card
- -client accused of stealing from two separate employers over 2 year period nearly $8,000.  Client received probation.

Multiple Felony counts of drug abuse, receiving stolen property, and theft
-- deferred prosecution agreement reached, client permitted to enroll in "Intervention in lieu of conviction", and must maintainingsobriety and clean urine screens as well as counseling for one year in exchange for dismissal of criminal charges.

100% reduction of mandatory jail -- Ohio DUI client received probation, no jail, after testing over the "high test" legal limit.

2 Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to the original charges after nearly 6 months of representation. One received 3 days in jail and the other was permitted to attend the 3 day alcohol program.

3rd offense Ohio DUI -- client sentenced to 10 consecutive days in jail and 2 weekends in jail.

1 Ohio DUI client received a favorable non-DUI offer to consider accepting

7 Ohio DUI cases were set over for pre-trial suppression hearings

1 Ohio DUI case was scheduled for jury trial

We referred 3 clients for alcohol / drug assessments and possible counseling

During the Week of 08-21-06 to 08-25-06 -- we resolved 5 Ohio DUI cases, we set 14 over for contested suppression hearings, and we are preparing another 4 for trial.

85% reduction in mandatory jail -- Ohio DUI client facing a mandatory 20 days in jail received a negotiated weekend in jail plus a 3 day alcohol program

66% reduction in mandatory jail / No Forfeiture of Vehicle -- Ohio DUI client facing a mandatory 60 days in jail up to 1 year received a negotiated 20 days in jail and his vehicle was not forfeited as part of the plea deal.

Reckless Operation -- Ohio DUI client had his charges amended

2 Ohio DUI Clients had their DUI charges amended to non-DUI, non-moving violations that do not carry any points on their BMV records

We referred 2 clients out for alcohol assessments and a third client to an inpatient alcohol treatment facility due to his 4th DUI arrest

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- Ohio DUI client charged with a "high test" DUI 2d offense facing mandatory 20 days in jail had his jail term suspended. He is permitted to attend the 3 day alcohol program

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- Ohio DUI client charged with DUI 3rd offense facing mandatory jail had his jail term suspended -- he is permitted to attend the 3 day alcohol program

50% reduction in mandatory jail -- Columbus Ohio DUI client charged with DUI 3rd offense facing mandatory minimum 60 days in jail received a 30 day jail sentence

Probation Violation -- while on probation for a DUI reduced to reckless operation, an Ohio DUI client was charged with DUI in February 2006 and again in May 2006.  Client was ordered to serve 10 days in jail for violating probation for the new DUI charges

2 Ohio DUI clients had their DUI charges reduced to non-DUI, non-moving violations carrying no points on their license

1 Ohio DUI client entered a plea to DUI after 9 months of litigation

We set 12 cases over for suppression hearings

We set 3 cases over for jury trials

During the Week of 08-07-06 to 08-11-06 -- we resolved 8 Ohio DUI cases

1 Ohio DUI client had his case reduced on the day of trial and he paid a $150 fine to reckless operation and remained under his 1 year license suspension

1 Ohio DUI client had their charge amended to reckless operation

100% reduction / elimination of mandatory jail -- 5 Ohio DUI clients facing mandatory jail received suspended sentences, no jail, and are permitted to do the 3 day alcohol program instead

70% reduction in jail term -- 1 Ohio DUI client, 2nd offense, facing mandatory 10 days in jail received a 3 day / weekend in jail

2 of our clients received favorable plea offers to consider accepting

5 Ohio DUI cases were set over for suppression hearings

1 Ohio DUI case was set over for a jury trial

We referred 3 clients to a counselor for an alcohol assessment and follow-up if recommended

During the Week of 07-28-06 to 08-04-06 -- we resolved 17 Ohio DUI cases in the following counties: Franklin, Delaware, and Madison. We also represented clients in Fairfield County, Athens County, and Clark County this past week.

1 Ohio DUI client had her DUI charge dismissed by the prosecutor. She pled guilty to "marked lanes", paid a $150 fine, 2 points, and no license suspension.

7 Ohio DUI clients had their DUI charges amended to lesser traffic, non-DUI offenses ("reckless operation")

3 Ohio DUI clients had their DUI charges amended to non-DUI, non-moving violations that do not carry any points on their driving records

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- 6 Ohio DUI clients had their mandatory jail terms suspended and they were permitted to attend the alcohol education program in lieu of jail.  The mandatory jail terms were triggered as a result of either a high breath test (over .170%) or prior DUI convictions.  These mandatory jail terms ranged from 60 days, 20 days, 10 days, and 3 days. 

1 4th offense Ohio DUI client also charged with hit-skip received 10 days in jail, a 4 year license suspension, SCRAM, and was placed into the Multiple Offender Program in Franklin County, Ohio.

3 clients received favorable plea bargain offers to consider accepting

We set 6 cases over for pre-trial suppression hearings

We set 1 case over for a Jury Trial

We referred 1 client to a counselor for an alcohol assessment

During the Week of 07-21-06 to 07-28-06 -- we resolved 11 Ohio DUI cases and we received favorable plea bargain offers on 2 others.

1  Ohio DUI client had her DUI charge dismissed. She paid a $50 fine on the underlying minor moving violation. Her license suspension was terminated as well.

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- 2 Ohio DUI clients triggering mandatory jail on Ohio DUI received suspended sentences.  A 2d offense DUI (mandatory 20 days in jail) and a first offense high breath test (mandatory 3 days in jail)

3 Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to non-DUI, non-traffic offenses carrying no points on their record

4th offense Ohio DUI client entered a plea to DUI and received 6 days in jail in addition to other probation terms

2 Ohio DUI clients entered pleas to the charges per our advice without funding a defense

1 Ohio DUI client entered a plea to the filed charge of DUI after nearly 4 months of litigation

1 Ohio Driving Under Suspension client had his charge dismissed and he entered a plea to "squealing Tires" and paid a $50 fine. Mandatory loss of license, loss of vehicle and jail avoided.

2 Ohio DUI clients were offered favorable plea bargains to consider accepting

5 Ohio DUI cases were set over for suppression hearings

2 Ohio DUI cases were set over for Jury Trials

During the Week of 07-17-06 to 07-21-06

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- client charged with 2d offense DUI carrying mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail while on probation.  No jail and DUI was amended to non-DUI, non-moving violation. Probation continued.

Plea to DUI and Probation Revoked -- client convicted of DUI in 2005 and was charged with another DUI in 2006 while on probation.  Client has a DUI amended to reckless operation in 2003. Client is 23 years old.  Over the 6 months of representation, client did detox, inpatient, and outpatient in another state.  Client's sentence will be reviewed in a few weeks for possible modification. Client was ordered to jail pending final sentencing hearing.

Cocaine Possession (Felony 5) -- felony amended to misdemeanor, fine only.

We received favorable plea offers in 2 cases.

We set 1 case over for jury trial.

9 cases were scheduled for suppression hearings to challenge admissibility of certain evidence

We referred 4 clients out for alcohol assessments and/or counseling

During the Week of 07-10-06 to 07-14-06 -- we resolved 12 cases

91% of Client Primary Goals were reached (11 out of 12 cases)

100% jail reduction of mandatory jail -- 3 clients had their mandatory jail terms dropped

1 Ohio DUI client had his DUI amended to a non-DUI, non-traffic offense that carries no points

3 Ohio DUI clients had their DUI charges amended to non-DUI, lesser traffic offenses

1 Ohio DUI client had their DUI amended to a lesser level DUI (OMVUAC) with a 60 days license suspension

We advised 3 DUI clients not to contest their charges nor incur additional legal fees and to plead to the filed DUI charges

1 client had his case dismissed

We received 3 favorable plea bargain offers  this week and set these cases over for plea hearings

We set 1 case over for a suppression hearing to have the breath test reviewed by the judge

We did not schedule any cases for Jury Trial this week

We referred 3 clients out for alcohol assessments

During the Week of 07-03-06 to 07-07-06 -- no cases were resolved. 

This was a very light week with the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday, the courthouses across Central Ohio had minimal cases scheduled.

We set 8 cases over for Suppression Hearings.

We referred 3 clients out for alcohol assessments

During the Week of 06-26-06 to 06-30-06 -- we resolved 10 cases

100% of Client Primary Goals were reached in all 10 cases

The following cases were Columbus Ohio DUI, Licking County Ohio DUI / Newark Ohio DUI, and Clark County Ohio DUI / Springfield Ohio DUI

5 Ohio DUI clients had their cases reduced to non-DUI, non-traffic offenses, with no points on their records

3 Ohio DUI clients had their cases reduced to non-DUI, traffic offenses

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- 1 Ohio DUI client had his mandatory jail, mandatory yellow license plate DUI case reduced

1 Ohio DUI client had his DUI amended to a $200 fine only, no additional license suspension

In other cases that didn't resolve:

3 clients received plea bargain offers that will eliminate the mandatory jail sentences

1 client received a plea bargain offer to settle their Ohio DUI case with a non-DUI, non-traffic, no points

1 client received a plea bargain offer to settle their Ohio DUI case with a lesser traffic, non-DUI plea

We set 3 Ohio DUI cases over for Jury Trials

We set 5 Ohio DUI cases over for Evidentiary Hearings (Motion Hearings)

1 client was referred out for an alcohol assessment

All clients eligible for restricted driving privileges for work / school received them

During the Week of 06-19-06 -- we resolved 11 cases

91% of Client Primary Goals were reached (10 of 11 cases)

3 Ohio DUI clients had their DUI / OVI charges amended to non-DUI, non-traffic offenses, carrying no points on their driving records.

2 Ohio DUI / OVI clients had their charges amended to lesser traffic offenses (reckless operation)

3 Ohio DUI / OVI clients facing mandatory jail sentences had their sentences reduced 100% and were not ordered to jail.

1 Drug Possession client had his case amended to disorderly conduct and received a small fine. He avoids the mandatory 6 month license suspension for drug convictions.

1 Domestic Violence client had his case dismissed on the day of trial.

1 minor traffic offense client had her case dismissed on the day of trial.

1 Ohio DUI / OVI client facing a mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail had his jail term suspended. However, he was ordered to spend 3 weekends in jail for violating probation.

We referred 4 clients out for alcohol assessments.

1 client was referred to Intensive Outpatient.

Week of 06-12-06 -- we resolved 9 cases during this past week

100% of our client goals were reached.

1 Delaware Ohio DUI case was dismissed after the Judge suppressed all evidence based upon an unconstitutional traffic stop by the Ohio State Trooper

83% reduction in jail -- client facing a mandatory 1 year in prison received 1 month in jail on 2d felony Ohio DUI / OVI.

100% reduction in mandatory jail -- client facing mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail for Ohio DUI / OVI received a suspended jail sentence

2 Ohio DUI clients had their cases amended to non-DUI , non-traffic offenses and no points on their driving record

3 Ohio DUI clients had their cases amended to non-DUI, traffic offenses

1 client had his felony drug possession charge amended to a misdemeanor

We referred 2 clients out for alcohol assessments

We referred 2 clients out for Intensive Outpatient counseling

All clients eligible for restricted driving privileges received them this week

1 mandatory forfeiture of a vehicle case resulted in the vehicle being returned without forfeiture

Week of 06-05-06 -- we resolved 8 cases during this past week. 

100% of our client goals were reached.

1 DUI case was dismissed by the prosecutor

2 DUI cases were amended to non-DUI traffic offenses

100% reduction in jail -- 4 clients facing mandatory jail each received no jail (suspended sentences)

 We advised 1 client to enter a plea to the filed charge of DUI (3 day alcohol program)

We referred 1 client to an inpatient  alcohol treatment

We referred 3 other clients to outpatient alcohol counseling

All clients eligible for restricted driving privileges received them.

Week of 05-30-06 -- This was a short, 4 day week after the Memorial Weekend. We resolved 6 cases
:

3 Columbus Ohio DUI cases reduced to Reckless Operation (Columbus, Ohio)

100% reduction in jail on Ohio DUI charges -- high breath test charge dropped on day of sentencing, client permitted to do 3 day program instead of jail (Columbus, Ohio)

100% reduction in jail -- 4th offense Columbus Ohio DUI client entered plea to DUI and received a suspended jail sentence, must do a 3 day alcohol program instead. (Columbus, Ohio)

Jail sentence -- one client chose not to defend her case and entered a plea to original charges and received the mandatory 3 days in jail

All clients eligible for driving privileges on their ALS suspensions received them.

2 seized vehicles were returned to clients.

We referred 3 clients to alcohol counseling for assessments as a condition of representation

Week of 05-22-06  -- During the 5 court days of this week, the following client cases were resolved:

 "Not Guilty" Verdict on Licking County Ohio DUI / Newark Ohio DUI, .159% breath test, single car accident

DUI Dismissed -- on the day of suppression hearing.

6 Clients had their DUI cases reduced to lesser traffic, non-DUI charges

7 clients facing mandatory jail had their jail  terms completely suspended -- no jail.

2 clients had their mandatory jail terms (Columbus Ohio DUI charges) reduced by 70% and 50%

3 clients charged with Hit-Skip had their charges dismissed. They paid fines to lesser traffic offenses.

All clients eligible for work driving privileges under Ohio ALS license suspension received them. 

We referred 2 clients to alcohol counseling for assessments

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