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2007 Case Results

12-17-07: Logistics Coordinator Pleas to Non-Moving Violation-- our client, a 35 year old logistics coordinator, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding and driving with an expired license. This is the 2 charge of Ohio OVI for our client. He was facing a mandatory minimum 10 days jail on a 2 Ohio OVI charge. Our client expressed that an Ohio OVI conviction would result in the termination of his employment, as that is company policy. Our client refused the field sobriety tests, and he refused to submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 6-month license suspension. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

12-17-07: 3rd Offense Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Avoids Mandatory Jail-- our client, a 23 year old mortgage broker, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving without a license plate light. This is our client's 3 rd Ohio OVI charge. A 3 rd Ohio OVI conviction would require a mandatory minimum 30 days jail, minimum 2-year license suspension, and forfeiture of the vehicle. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .097%. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to an OVI, stipulated as a 1 st offense. He will avoid the mandatory jail and will attend a 3-day alcohol education program. His vehicle will not be subject to forfeiture. He will drive with occupational driving privileges for one year and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

12-14-07: Bartender Pleas to Non-Moving Violation - Fine Only -- our client, a 27 year old bartender, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for falling asleep at a red light. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would jeopardize his future employment opportunities. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .088%. After 2 months of representation our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will pay a $150 fine only. He will not be on probation, and he will drive unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).   

12-12-07: Personal Banker Pleas to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 41 year old personal banker, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a taillight violation. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI conviction would put his job in jeopardy. Our client refused the field sobriety tests. He also refused to submit to a breath test. After 1 month of representation, our client entered into a favorable plea bargain with the State. He pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will drive with occupational driving privileges for 1-year and be on non-reporting probation. He will pay a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).   

12-12-07: Columbus Resident Avoids Mandatory Minimum 60 Days Jail for 3rd Ohio OVI Offense -- our client, a 40 year old Columbus resident, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for falling asleep at a red light. This was our client's 3 rd Ohio OVI charge. With a 3 rd Ohio OVI conviction our client was facing a mandatory minimum 60 days in jail and restricted yellow license plates. After 2 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger was able to enter into a favorable plea negotiation for our client. Our client will attend a 3 day alcohol education program and serve only 3 out of the 60 mandatory minimum days required. His 1-year mandatory license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 6-month license suspension with occupational driving privileges. He will not drive with restricted yellow plates. He will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).   

12-11-07: Senior Technician Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI to Keep Job -- our client, a 44 year old senior technician, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for making a U-turn. Due to our client's job requirements, an Ohio OVI conviction would automatically terminate his position. Our client performed average on the field sobriety tests, and he refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated. He now drives unrestricted and will keep his job. He will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

12-6-07: Business Developer Avoids Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI (.126% Test) -- our client, a 34 year old business developer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lane violation. Our client was concerned that his job would be in jeopardy with an Ohio OVI conviction. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .126%. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will pay a $250 fine and now drives unrestricted. Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

12-5-07: OSU Students Avoids Mandatory 20 Days Jail on 2nd Offense (.249% Test)
-- our client, a 24 year old Ohio State student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. This was our client's second charge of Ohio OVI. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction resulting from this case would jeopardize his admission into dental school. Our client's breath test result was .249%, a high test. Our client was facing a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail for a 2 nd, high test Ohio OVI. After 4 months of representation our client pled to Ohio OVI, dismissing the high breath test results, and stipulating as a first offense. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and will avoid serving any days in jail. He will drive with occupational driving privileges for 6 months. He will not be required to drive with restricted yellow plates - mandatory for an Ohio OVI high test. He will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger and Steve Fox).

12-4-07: Systems Engineer Pleas to Reckless Op, Fine Only -- our client, a 30 year old systems engineer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was concerned that he would be terminated with an Ohio OVI conviction, as that is company policy. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, evidentiary issues arose with the State's case and our client pled to reckless operation. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated. He now drives unrestricted. He will pay a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox). 12-4-07: Facility Manager Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 39 year old facility manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client expressed that he would most likely lose his job with an Ohio OVI conviction. After failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. This is our client's 4 th OVI charge in 20 years. After 3 months of representation our client pled to reckless operation. He will pay a $110 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

12-3-07: Columbus Attorney Avoids 2 nd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI - Avoids Mandatory Minimum 20 Days Jail
-- our client, a Columbus lawyer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. This was our client's 2 nd Ohio OVI charge, and he was facing a mandatory minimum 20 days jail. Our client refused the field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will not be convicted of his 2 nd Ohio OVI. He will not serve the mandatory minimum 20 days jail. He completed an alcohol assessment and will drive with occupational driving privileges for 1 year. He will pay a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox.)

11-29-07: Guidance Counselor Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 29 year old guidance counselor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for exiting in an entrance only lane. Our client is concerned about the effects an Ohio OVI conviction would have on her job. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. Her breath test result was .14%, almost twice the legal limit. After 7 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation, a non-alcohol related offense. She will get an alcohol assessment and pay a $150 fine. She will not be on probation, and she now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

11-28-07: 2nd Ohio OVI Charge Pleas to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 29 year old repairman, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being involved in a single car accident. Our client was concerned that he would be terminated from his job with an Ohio OVI conviction. This was the second charge of Ohio OVI for our client, but he had no prior convictions. Due to serious injuries, our client did not perform the field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath test. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. His one-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated. He now drives unrestricted. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and be on probation for one year. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox.)

11-28-07: 2nd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Offender Avoids Mandatory Minimum 20 Days Jail -- our client, a 46 year old self-employed contractor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding and failing to signal. This is the 2 nd Ohio OVI charge for our client. His breath test result was .219%, a very high test. A 2 nd High Test Ohio OVI has a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail and restricted yellow plates. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to Ohio OVI, stipulated as a first offense, dismissing the high breath test result. Our client will avoid the mandatory minimum 20 days in jail, and instead serve only 3 days. He will not be required to drive with restricted yellow plates. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and be on probation for 2 years. He will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

11-27-07: 4th Offender Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Avoids Jail -- our client, a 39 year old land surveyor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. This was our client's 4 th Ohio OVI offense. Our client failed the field sobriety tests. He refused the breath test. After 1 month of representation, our client pled to Ohio OVI, stipulated first offense. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and avoid significant jail time. His mandatory one-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 6-month license suspension with occupational driving privileges. He will not be required to drive with restricted yellow plates or ignition interlock. He will pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

11-27-07: 21-Year Old Student Avoids Ohio DUI - Pleas to Reckless Op -- our client, a 21 year old student at DePaul University, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after failing to signal. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would hurt her employment in the future, after graduating. Our client failed the field sobriety tests and made admissions to drinking. Our client's breath test result was .138%. After 10 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $125 fine. She now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

11-16-07: NOT GUILTY VERDICT -- Client Acquitted on Ohio DUI Charges -- A Franklin County Jury found our client "Not Guilty" after a 3 day jury trial. An Ohio State Patrol trooper arrested our client after allegedly failing field sobriety tests. Our client refused a breath test. Our client was represented by Attorney Steve Fox.

11-16-07: Director's High Test Dismissed / Avoids Mandatory Jail / No Yellow Plates -- -- our client, a 41 year old sports team director, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving recklessly. Our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .190%, a high test. After 2 months of representation, our client's high-test result was dismissed after issues arose with the validity of his breath test. He will avoid the mandatory 6 days in jail and yellow plates. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program, be on probation for 6 months and pay a $350 fine. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel.)

11-16-07: DUI Plea Bargain Leads to 85% Reduction in Jail
-- our client, a 37 year old engineer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client has a prior Ohio OVI conviction; a 2 nd conviction with a refusal would result in a mandatory 20 days jail sentence. After allegedly failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, our client pled to Ohio OVI stipulated 1 st offense. He will avoid 20 days jail; he will not be required to drive with restricted yellow license plates. He will serve 3 days in jail, and he will complete a 3-day alcohol education program. He will be on probation for 1 year and pay a $400 fine. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).  

11-14-07: Clerk Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI; Licenses Suspension Terminated -- our client, a 27 year old clerk, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for making a prohibited turn, and was later cited for failing to comply. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would hurt his opportunities for future employment. Our client had a prior Ohio OVI conviction, so a 2 nd with a refusal would result in a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail. After 7 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, zero points violation, after the State had significant issues producing their evidence. He will not serve any days in jail. Our client's mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated; he now drives unrestricted. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program, be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

11-14-07: Loan Officer Pleas to Non-Moving, Zero Points Violation -- our client, a 24 year old loan officer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a loud sound violation. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. He refused a to take a breath test. After 6 months of representation, evidentiary issues arose with the State's case. Our client pled to a non-DUI, non-moving, zero points violation. He will be on non-reporting probation for 2 years and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

11-13-07: NOT GUILTY VERDICT --  Sales Manager found NOT GUILTY of Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a sales manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving without a headlight. Our client refused the field sobriety tests, and he refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client's case went to trial. He was found Not Guilty of Ohio OVI, after Attorney Tod Brininger was able to weaken and discredit the State's case. Our client was convicted of driving without a headlight, and he will pay a $25 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

11-12-07: 3rd Offense Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Avoids Mandatory 30 Days Jail -- our client, a 34 year old commercial sales contractor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for weaving outside of his lane. Any jail time would result in the loss of our client's job. Our client had 2 prior convictions for Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. A 3 rd Ohio OVI conviction would result in a mandatory minimum 30 days in jail. Our client refused the field sobriety tests, and he refused to give a breath sample. After 4 months of representation, Attorney Brad Koffel settled plea negotiations with the State. Our client pled to Ohio OVI, stipulated 1 st offense. He will avoid the mandatory 30 days in jail. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $350 fine. He will be on probation for 1 year and drive with occupational driving privileges. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

11-12-07: Volunteer Coordinator's High Test Dismissed/ No Jail/ No Yellow Plates (.223% Test)
-- our client, a 26 year old volunteer coordinator, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving the wrong way on a one way street and fleeing. Our client failed the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .223%, a high test. After 4 months of representation, our client's high-test result was dismissed. He will avoid the mandatory minimum 6 days in jail and restricted yellow license plates. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and drive with occupational driving privileges for 6 months. He will pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Brad Koffel).

11-12-07: Grove City Mother Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 23 year old Grove City mother, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client was concerned that she would lose her job with an Ohio OVI conviction. After allegedly failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client entered into a plea bargain with the State. She pled to a non-moving, no points violation. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. She will drive with drive with privileges for work and childcare. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Brad Koffel.)

11-8-07: Sales Rep Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI to Keep Job -- our client, a 54 year old sales rep, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for making an illegal turn. Our client would lose his job with an Ohio OVI conviction. After allegedly failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. He will avoid an Ohio DUI conviction and keep his job. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger).

11-8-07: Building Manager Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 43 year old building manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would put his job in jeopardy. Our client refused to submit to the field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test. After 4 months of representations, our client entered into a plea bargain with the State. He pled to reckless operation. He will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

11-7-07: Computer Programmer Avoids Ohio DUI Conviction -- our client, a 30 year old computer programmer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after striking several parked cars. Our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox & Brad Koffel).

11-6-07: Shipping Supervisor Pleas to Reckless Operation (.120% Test) -- our client, a 25 year old shipping supervisor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. An Ohio OVI conviction would make it impossible for our client to be promoted within his current employer. Our client performed average on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .120%. After 4 months of representation, significant issues with our client's breath test arose, and he entered into a plea bargain with the State. He pled to reckless operation. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $150 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

11-5-07: Owner of Mortgage Company Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 33 year old mortgage company owner, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation and speeding. Our client had a prior conviction of Ohio OVI when he was a juvenile. After 6 months of representation, our client entered into a plea bargain with the State. He pled to reckless operation, a non-alcohol related offense. He will not be on probation, and he will not face any jail time. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 9-month license suspension with occupational driving privileges. He will pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger & Brad Koffel).

11-5-07: X-Ray Tech Avoids Jail & Yellow Plates; High-Test Dismissed (.187% Test) --our client, a 33 year old x-ray technician, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client performed average on the field sobriety tests. Her breath test result was .187%, a high-test. After significant issues with our client's breath test arose, she was offered a plea bargain by the State. After 5 months of representation, her high-test was dismissed. She will avoid the mandatory 6 days in jail and restricted yellow license plates that come with a high breath test. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and be on non-reporting probation for 1-year. She will drive with occupational driving privileges for 6 months. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger & Brad Koffel). 

10-30-07: 20 Year Old Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 20 year old Ohio University student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for failing to signal. Our client was concerned about the effects an Ohio OVI conviction would have on her future employment after graduation. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. She refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client entered into a plea bargain with the State. She pled to reckless operation. She will be on probation for one year, complete 20 hours of community service, and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger & Brad Koffel).

10-30-07: Union Worker Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 42 year old union ironworker, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client allegedly failed the field sobriety tests. He refused a breath test. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation, a non-alcohol related offense. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 6-month license suspension with broad occupational driving privileges. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox & Brad Koffel).

10-30-07: Mt. Gilead Woman's High Test Dismissed; No Jail; No Yellow Plates
-- our client, a 47 year old production scheduler, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for failing to yield. Our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. Her breath test result was .175%, a high test. After 6 months of representation, our client's high breath test result was dismissed. She will avoid the mandatory 6 days in jail, and she will not drive with restricted yellow plates. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. She now drives unrestricted. (Attorney Steve Fox)

10-29-07: Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI DISMISSED (.169% Breath Test) -- our client, a 34 year old employee of State of Ohio, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would put his job in jeopardy. Our client allegedly failed the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .169%. After significant issues arose with our client's breath test, his Ohio OVI case was dismissed. He will not incur an Ohio OVI conviction or suffer any penalties. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-29-07: Ohio State Student's 2nd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge, Pleas to Reckless Op -- our client, a 20 year old Ohio State student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving with a taillight out. Our client had a prior Ohio OVI conviction, making this his 2 nd Ohio OVI charge. With this second charge our client was facing a mandatory 20 days in jail, restricted yellow license plates, and a minimum 1-year license suspension. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests and he refused to submit to a breath test. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation after the State had evidentiary issues. He will avoid any jail time and will not be required to drive with yellow plates. He will not be on probation. His 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 9-month license suspension. He will pay a $100 fine. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).       

10-24-07: Military Intelligence Analyst Pleas to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 27 year old intelligence analyst for the military, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI for the second time, after falling asleep at a stop sign. Our client's position in the military would be in jeopardy with a 2 nd Ohio OVI conviction (mandatory 20 days in jail and yellow Ohio DUI plates). After refusing the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. He will have no points added to his license. He will avoid the mandatory 20 days in jail and restricted yellow plates. His mandatory one-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated for a 6-month licenses suspension with occupational driving privileges. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-24-07: Recent Franklin University Graduate Pleas to Reckless Op, No License Suspension, No Probation -- our client, a 29 year old intern at a technology firm, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving with an expired license. He had minor difficulties performing the field sobriety tests; his breath test result was .073%. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation with a fine only. He will not be on probation and he will drive unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-24-07: Staffing Manager Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI, No License Suspension, No Probation -- our client, a 40 year old staffing manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client refused the field sobriety tests, as well as the breath test. After 5 months of representation, several inconsistencies arose with our client's police report, and she entered into a plea bargain with the State. She pled to a non-moving violation. No points will be added to her license. Her mandatory one-year license suspension for refusing the breath test was terminated as part of the plea bargain. She will pay a $150 fine, and she will not be on probation. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-24-07: Upper Arlington Resident Avoids Mandatory 20 Days in Jail and Yellow Plates for 2nd Ohio OVI Charge -- our client, a 36 year old waitress, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after almost hitting a police cruiser while driving outside of marked lanes. Our client had a prior Ohio OVI conviction in 2004. She refused field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, our client entered a plea to Ohio OVI. She will avoid the mandatory 20 days in jail. She will not drive with restricted yellow license plates. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $300 fine. She will drive with occupational driving privileges for 4 months. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox.)

10-24-07: Westerville Mother's Hit-Skip/Leaving the Scene Dismissed -- our client, a 35 year old Westerville mother, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI, Hit-Skip, and weaving course, after causing an accident and leaving the scene. Police came into contact with our client at her house. There she failed the field sobriety tests, and she refused to submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, our client entered into a plea bargain, dismissing the hit-skip/leaving the scene. She will avoid any jail time and restricted yellow license plates that are often required for Ohio OVI and Hit-Skip charges. She will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $500 fine. She will drive with occupational driving privileges for 6 months. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger).

10-23-07: Senior Vice President Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 32 year old senior vice president of a local company, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for failing to signal. Our client was very concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would cost him his job. Our client performed average on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .111%. After 5 months of representation, our client entered into a plea bargain with the State after significant issues arose with our client's breath test. He pled to reckless operation. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $125 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-23-07: Independent Contractor Pleas to Reckless Operation, $25 Fine -- our client, a 38 year old independent contractor, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving over a curb. An Ohio OVI conviction would put our client's job in jeopardy as it requires a great deal of driving. Our client refused the field sobriety tests. He also refused to submit to a breath test. Our client pled to reckless operation after 5 months of representation. His mandatory one-year licenses suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated. He now drives unrestricted. He will pay a $25 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-23-07: IT Program Manager Pleas to Non-Moving Violation (.118% Test) -- our client, a 43 year old IT program manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped at an Ohio DUI checkpoint. Our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. Her breath test result was .118%. After 10 months of representation, evidentiary issues arose with the case and the State made our client a favorable offer. She pled to a non-moving violation. No points will be added to her license. She will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. She now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-23-07: Firefighter Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI to Keep Job -- our client, a 29 year old firefighter, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. With an Ohio OVI our client would lose his job due to license restrictions and policy. After performing well on the field sobriety tests, our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will compete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $150 fine. He will drive with broad occupational driving privileges for one year. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

10-19-07: High Test Dismissed - Avoids 6 Days in Jail and Yellow Plates -- our client, a 25 year old customer service associate, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation and not wearing his seatbelt. Our client allegedly failed the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .177%, a high test. After only 1 month, our client entered a plea to Ohio OVI, dismissing the high test result. He will avoid the mandatory 6 days in jail and will also avoid driving with restricted yellow plates, both required for an Ohio OVI High Test. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. He will drive for 6 months with occupational driving privileges. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-17-07: Navy Officer Pleas to Non-Moving, No Points Violation -- our client, a 28 year old Naval Officer recruiter, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. An Ohio OVI conviction would put our client's job in jeopardy, as obtaining the next rank in the Navy would be almost impossible. After performing average on the field sobriety tests, our client took a breath test with a .154% result. After 6 months of representation, the State presented our client with a favorable offer after issues arose with the validity of his breath test. Our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $650 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-16-07: HR Manager's .204% High Test Dismissed -- our client, a 25 year old human resources manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after falling asleep in his car while at a traffic light. Our client was not offered any field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .204%, a high-tiered test. After 5 months of representation, our client's high test was dismissed. He will avoid the 6 mandatory days in jail, and he will not drive with the restricted yellow plates, mandatory for an Ohio OVI high test. He will drive with occupational driving privileges for 1 year and pay a $500 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-15-07: Manufacturing Engineer's Breath Test Inadmissible; .229% High-Test Dismissed -- our client, a 23 year old manufacturing engineer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for running a red light. Our client graduated from Ohio State University this Spring, and was just recently hired at her current job. Our client's breath test result was .229%. This test result is a high-tiered test, carrying a minimum of 6 days in jail and mandatory yellow restricted license plates. After 7 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox was able to have our client's high test dismissed, as it was found inadmissible. Our client pled to Ohio OVI. She will not have any jail time to serve, and she will not be required to drive with yellow plates. She will drive unrestricted and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-15-07: Ohio State University Education Major Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 22 year old sales associate and Ohio State University senior, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving without a license plate light. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would make it difficult to find a job teaching after he graduates. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .151%. Attorney Tod Brininger raised several evidentiary issues with our client's case, and after 11 months of representation the State was forced to make our client a favorable offer. He pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $120 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-15-07: Car Sales Associate Pleas to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 52 year old car sales associate, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after making an improper turn and causing a 2 car accident. An Ohio OVI conviction would put our client's job in jeopardy since she drives a company car, and Ohio OVI convictions are not permitted. Our client allegedly failed the field sobriety tests, and she refused to submit to a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. No points will be added to her license. As part of the plea negotiations she will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. She will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-15-07: OSU Student-Athletes Charged with Assault and Under the Influence/Under 21 yrs. Old - Plea to Disorderly Conduct-- our clients, 20 year old OSU student-athlete, were charged with assault and being under the influence, under 21 years old after getting into a fight on campus. Our clients, as well as the alleged victim, suffered visible injuries. After 8 months of representation, the State presented our clients with a plea bargain to avoid taking the case to trial, as we had our evidence and witnesses ready to go to trial. Our clients pled to disorderly conduct. They will be on probation for 1 year and pay a $250 fine. They will pay restitution to the victim in this case. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-12-07: Dublin Man Avoids Ohio DUI, 10 Days in Jail, and Yellow Plates - our client was charged with his 2d offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding on US 23 and State Route 750. He performed exceptionally well on the field sobriety tests. However, the officer still chose to arrest him and impound his vehicle due to our client having a prior DUI conviction from 2004. After 3 months of representation, Attorney Brad Koffel negotiated a $150 fine, no probation, no license suspension in exchange for his plea to "reckless operation of a vehicle".   (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

10-09-07: Pharmacy Technician Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 39 year old pharmacy technician, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving left of center. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would have serious negative consequences for her job, including a planned, future promotion. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests, and she did not submit to a breath test. After 2 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. She will avoid an Ohio OVI conviction, and she will not be on probation. She will drive for 1 year with very broad driving privileges and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

10-03-07: Arizona State Student Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 25 year old Arizona State student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for an improper left turn and squealing his tires. At the time, he was looking for a new job and was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would hinder this process. After allegedly failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused a breath test. A favorable plea negotiation was worked out after 5 months of representation. He pled to a non-moving, no points, violation. He will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-03-07: 2nd Offense Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI, Pleas to Minor Misdemeanor Reckless Operation
-- our client, a 35 year old wholesaler for a large insurance firm, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a marked lanes violation. This is our client's second charge of OVI. If he is charged with Ohio OVI, our client stated he would most likely lose his job since he drives a company car and his employment in contingent on an extensive amount of driving. Our client refused to submit to a breath test. After 7 months of representation, the State made a very favorable offer in this case due to significant evidentiary issues. Our client pled to a minor misdemeanor reckless operation. His mandatory one-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated. He will drive unrestricted. He will pay a $100 fine, and he will not be on any type of probation. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-02-07: Client Pleas to Non-Moving Violation; No License Suspension; No Probation (.164% Test) -- our client, 35 years old, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for making an illegal left turn. Our client performed very well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .164%. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation, avoiding any Ohio OVI conviction. His license suspension was terminated. He will pay a $250 fine, and he will not be on probation. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-04-07: Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI; Mandatory 1 Year License Suspension Terminated -- our client, a 45 year old pharmaceutical sales rep, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Due to our client's profession, she needed to avoid an Ohio OVI conviction. She refused the field sobriety tests, and she refused to submit to a breath test. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. Her mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing the breath test was terminated for a 9-month licenses suspension with broad driving privileges. She will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year, and she will pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).     

10-02-07: Client Pleas to Non-Moving Violation; No License Suspension; No Probation (.164% Test) -- our client, 35 years old, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for making an illegal left turn. Our client performed very well on the field sobriety tests. His breath test result was .164%. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation, avoiding any Ohio OVI conviction. His license suspension was terminated. He will pay a $250 fine, and he will not be on probation. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

10-1-07: 3rd Offense Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Avoids Mandatory 20 Days in Jail -- our client, a 31 year old general manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. This was our client's 3 OVI charge. He was facing a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail, restricted yellow plates, and possibly ignition interlock on his vehicle. Our client's job depended on minimizing all penalties and convictions. Our client refused the breath test. He pled to Ohio OVI, with 1 st offense penalties, after evidentiary issues arose with the case. He will avoid the mandatory minimum 20 days in jail as part of the plea negotiations, instead attending a 3-day alcohol education program. He will be on non-reporting probation and pay a $750 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

9-27-07: 2nd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge, Probation Violation, .173% Breath Test -- our client, a 20 year old waitress, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. This is the second Ohio OVI charge within 2 years. This new Ohio OVI charge was also a violation of her probation. Our client was also charged with driving under an OVI suspension. There were 177 days that had been previously suspended that could be enforced with any probation violations. Our client's breath test result was .173%. There is a mandatory 10 days in jail and restricted yellow plates with this high-tiered test. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to Ohio OVI, dismissing the high test, and driving under suspension. She will do 9 days in jail, out of the possible 187 days, and be on probation for 3 years. She will pay a $400 fine. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Steve Fox).

9-26-07: Columbus Resident Pleas to Non-Moving Violation After Single Car Accident -- our client, 47 year old Columbus resident, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after losing control of his car, hitting 2 mailboxes. Our client refused the breath test. After factual issues with the case were discovered, our client pled to a non-moving violation. No points will be added to his license. He will be on probation for 6 months and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

9-26-07: Sales Director Pleas to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 41 year old sales director, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was concerned that he would lose his job with an Ohio OVI conviction. He refused the field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. He will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $350 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-25-07: 18 Year Old Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, an 18 year old high school graduate, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving with expired tags. After less than 1 month of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation after evidentiary issues with the case arose. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated as part of the plea negotiations for a 6-month license suspension with occupational driving privileges. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-25-07: Westerville Manager Pleas to a Non-Moving, No Points Violation -- our client, a 29 year old manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for violating marked lanes and failing to signal. He was also charged with drug possession. Our client needed to avoid Ohio OVI to keep his job. Our client refused the field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation, adding no points to his driving record. As part of the plea negotiations, the drug possession charge was dismissed. Our client will complete a 3-day alcohol education program, pay a $150 fine, and be on probation for 1 year. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-21-07: Sales Manager Pleas to Non-Moving Violation - Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 38 year old sales manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation and speeding. An Ohio OVI conviction would jeopardize our client's job, as it requires him to travel for business daily. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. He will avoid adding any points to his license. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing the breath test was terminated as part of the plea bargain for a 60-day license suspension, with occupational driving privileges. He will pay a $300 fine and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

09-21-07: Executive Assistant Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 27 year old executive assistant, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation and driving with expired tags. Our client did not perform the field sobriety tests and she did not submit to a breath test. After issues arose as to whether our client actually refused, she entered a plea to a non-moving, no points violation. She will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. She will not be on probation. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger). 

09-18-07: Mechanical Design Engineer Pleas to Reckless Operation (.148% Test) -- our client, a 24 year old mechanical design engineer, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for failure to control.  Our client hit a tree, bush, and street sign, after his car slid off the road due to snow and ice. He is aspiring to become a teacher and was worried that an Ohio OVI conviction would hinder this aspiration. He performed well on the field sobriety tests, and his breath test result was .148%. After possible time violations with the breath test and other evidentiary issues, our client pled to reckless operation after 7 months of representation. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-13-07: PGA Caddy Avoids Ohio OVI Conviction to Keep Work Visa -- our client, a 34 year old PGA caddy, was arrested for Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after falling asleep at a red light. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would jeopardize his status in America, as he is a Canadian citizen here with a work visa. Our client refused the field sobriety tests, and he refused the breath test. After 3 months of representation and some evidentiary issues with the case, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education program, be on non-reporting probation for 1 year, and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-12-07: Firefighter Pleas to Non-Moving, No Points Violation -- our client, a 29 year old firefighter, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client was concerned that he would lose his job as a firefighter with an Ohio OVI conviction. Our client's breath test result was .186%, a high-tiered test. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. No points will be added to his license. He will avoid the mandatory 6 days in jail and restricted yellow plates that are required for high-tiered breath test results. As part of the plea negotiation, our client will attend a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $200 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-11-07: State of Ohio Employee Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Conviction -- our client, a 49 year old State of Ohio employee, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for an illegal left turn. Our client is an employee of the State and had significant concerns about an Ohio OVI conviction resulting in the loss of this job, as he drives a State vehicle every day. Our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests, and his breath test result was .129%. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. He will avoid an Ohio OVI conviction, as well as any points on his license. As part of the plea negotiations, our client will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-10-07: High School Teacher's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge Amended to Reckless Op -- our client, a 29 year old high school teacher, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests, and her breath test result was .098%. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. As part of the plea negotiations, she will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and drive with occupational driving privileges for 90 days. She will be on non-reporting probation for 2 years and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

09-06-07: Miami University Student-Athlete's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Dismissed -- our client, a 20 year old Miami University student-athlete, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI and Physical Control after he ran out of gas on his way home. The officer saw no erratic driving, as our client had been stopped on the side of the road for half an hour before his arrival on the scene. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would bar him from playing sports at the collegiate level and result in a university suspension. He performed the field sobriety tests well, and his breath test result was .157%. After 2 months of representation, a favorable plea bargain was negotiated, considering the facts of the case and issues with the evidence. Our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. His Ohio OVI charge was dismissed. He will complete a 3-day alcohol education program and pay a $300 fine. He now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger and Attorney Steve Fox).

09-05-07: Marketing Specialist Avoids Mandatory 6 Days in Jail and Yellow Plates -- our client, a 25 year old marketing specialist, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client's breath test result was .179%, a high-tiered test. After evidentiary issues arose, Attorney Steve Fox was able to negotiate with the State, and our client's high breath test result was dismissed. She will not serve the mandatory 6 days in jail for a high test, and she will not drive with restricted yellow plates. Instead, our client will spend 3 days in an alcohol education and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-30-07: CEO's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge (.072% Test) Amended to a Minor Misdemeanor -- our client, a 55 year old CEO, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding and a lanes violation. After allegedly performing poorly on the field sobriety tests, our client was arrested. His breath test result was .072%, under the legal limit. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a minor misdemeanor reckless operation. He will avoid probation and drive unrestricted. He will pay a $50 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-30-07: Pickerington Mother Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Conviction -- our client, a 35 year old Business Manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving recklessly and driving without headlights. Our client suffers from claustrophobia and panic attacks, and she became combative with officers at the time of her arrest due to these medical conditions. She was not offered any field sobriety tests, and she refused to submit to a breath test. Our client was concerned about the affect an Ohio OVI conviction would have on her job, as it requires a significant amount of driving. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to Reckless Operation. She will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-29-07: 18 Year Old OSU Student (.148% Test) Pleas to a Non-Moving Violation -- our client, an 18 year old OSU student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. Our client was arrested after allegedly failing the field sobriety tests and testing .148%. After 5 months of representation, she pled to a non-moving violation, carrying no points on her driving record. Our client will do a 3 day alcohol program and pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-29-07: Mortgage Broker's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge Amended to a Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 33 year old mortgage broker, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after rolling through a red light. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would put any future promotions in jeopardy. He refused a breath test. After 5 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a plea bargain, and our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated as part of the plea bargain for a 6 month license suspension. Our client will drive with occupational privileges and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-28-07: Capital University Senior's High Test (.203%) Dismissed -- our client, a 22 year old Capital University student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving with expired tags, only feet away from his house. Our client's breath test result was .203%. After 6 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger was able to negotiate with the State and our client's high test was dismissed. As part of the plea bargain, our client will do 3 days in an alcohol education class, instead of the 6 day mandatory jail sentence for an Ohio OVI high test. He will avoid restricted yellow plates, be on non-reporting probation for 1 year, and pay a $350 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-28-07: Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI with a .152% Breath Test Reduced to Reckless Operation-- our client, a 31 year old Pharmaceutical recruiter, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client's breath test result was .152%. After 6 months of representation, our client pled to Reckless Operation. He will attend a 3-day alcohol education class, pay a $200 fine, and drive unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-28-07: Ohio OVI Charge with an Accident Amended to Non-Moving Violation (.137% Test Result) -- our client, a 25 year old operations manager, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after striking another car from behind. Our client's blood was taken, and the blood test result was .137%. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation and ACDA. He will be on non-reporting probation, drive unrestricted, and pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-23-07: Business Owner Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Conviction -- our client, a 35 year old business owner, was stopped for a lanes violation and expired tags, and he was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. He was concerned about his career, as it requires a considerable amount of travel around Ohio. After allegedly failing the field sobriety tests, our client refused a breath test. After 7 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox was able to negotiate a plea bargain for our client, and he pled to a no points, non-moving violation. He will be on non-reporting probation for 1 year and pay a $120 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-23-07: Columbus Student's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge Amended to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 22 year old student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding and driving without headlights. Our client was concerned about losing his job with an Ohio OVI conviction, as it requires a significant amount of driving in a company car. According to our client, he was not offered any field sobriety tests, and he refused a breath test. After 5 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation. He will have no points added to his license. He will drive for the next 3 months with occupational driving privileges and pay a $300 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

  08-23-07: Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Conviction Avoided for Columbus Analyst-- our client, a 29 year old government analyst, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was concerned that an Ohio OVI conviction would put his promotion status in jeopardy. Our client refused a breath test, after performing poorly on the field sobriety tests. After 2 months of representation, our client pled to reckless operation. He will drive with occupational driving privileges for 1 year and pay a $225 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-23-07: Westerville Man's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charges Amended to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 54 year old senior development and scientist, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for going the wrong way on a one way street. Our client was taken to the hospital where he submitted to blood and urine tests. His tests results came back positive for marijuana metabolite. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to Reckless Operation. As part of the plea bargain, our client will submit to an alcohol assessment. He will pay a $250 fine and drive unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-22-07: Columbus Attorney's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI and Resisting Arrest Charges Both Reduced - our client, a 27 year old attorney, was arrested for Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. After refusing to get out of her vehicle, our client was also subsequently charged with resisting arrest. No field sobriety tests were performed, and our client refused the breath test. After 4 months of representation, both of our client's charges were reduced. She pled to Reckless Operation, and as part of the plea bargain her 1-year mandatory license suspension for refusing the breath test will be terminated for a 6-month license suspension with occupational driving privileges. She will pay a $200 fine and be on non-reporting probation for 1 year. Her resisting arrest charge was also reduced, and our client pled to the amended charge of disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-22-07: Marketing and Sales Rep Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Conviction-- our client, a 28 year old marketing and sales rep, was stopped for driving without headlights. After performing the field sobriety tests poorly and admitting to having a few beers, our client was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. Our client's job was in jeopardy, as it requires a significant amount of driving and an Ohio OVI conviction would restrict her driving, as well as reflect on her license. After 4 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox was able to negotiate a plea to Reckless Operation, ensuring that our client will not have an Ohio OVI conviction on her record. She will have a 6-month license suspension, with occupational driving privileges. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-20-07: Westerville Woman's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Reduced to $200 Reckless Op -- our client, a 26 year old Westerville woman, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after she was stopped for weaving. It was alleged by the arresting officer that our client failed the field sobriety tests. Our client refused a breath test. After 3 months of representation, her Ohio OVI charges were reduced, and she pled to reckless operation.  As part of her plea bargain, her one-year mandatory license suspension was terminated for a 6 month license suspension with broad driving privileges. She will pay a $200 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

  08-16-07: OSU Student Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI with a .168% Breath Test -- our client, a 21 year old OSU student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after almost hitting a police cruiser performing another traffic stop. Our client's breath test result was .168%. She is a student at OSU and was very concerned about what affect a conviction would have on her status at OSU. After more than 5 months of representation, she pled to Reckless Operation. She will be on standard 1 year probation and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

  08-15-07: Executive Chef's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Reduced to Reckless Op - our client, a 27 year old executive chef, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after swerving to avoid oncoming traffic and rolling his car into a ditch. Our client was not offered any field sobriety tests and refused a blood test. After 4 months of representation, his charges were amended to Reckless Operation. His one year ALS was terminated for a 9 month license suspension, with occupational driving privileges, as part of the plea bargain. He will pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-13-07: Business Owner Avoids 20 Day Mandatory Jail Sentence --our client, a 49 year old business owner, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving left of center. This was our client's second arrest for Ohio OVI and he was looking at a mandatory 20 days in jail. After 6 months of representation, a favorable plea bargain was negotiated. Our client will only serve 2 weekends in jail, rather than the mandatory 20 days; he will also avoid restricted yellow plates. Our client will pay a $300 fine and he now drives unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

  08-09-07: Architect's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charges Reduced - our client, a 49 year old architect, was charged with Ohio OVI/Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was very concerned about losing his job with an Ohio OVI conviction due to the terms in the employee handbook. Our client travels throughout the state for work, and needed to avoid a lengthy license suspension. According to our client, the field sobriety tests proved to be difficult due to his chronic knee and ankle discomfort. Our client's breath test result was .11%. After 5 months of representation, the State dropped the Ohio OVI charges to Reckless Operation. Our client will pay a $250 fine, and he will drive unrestricted. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-08-07: Columbus State Student Pleas to a Non-Moving, No Points Violation -- our client, a 24 year old Columbus State student, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for failing to signal. Our client was never offered a breath test, but did refuse a blood test. After 4 months of representation, the case was favorably resolved and our client pled to a non-moving violation. He will avoid probation and points on his license. He completed a 3 day alcohol education program and will pay a $125 fine. (Represented by Tod Brininger).  

08-07-07: Financial Planner's Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Reduced to Reckless Operation-- our client, a 32 year old independent financial planner, was stopped for following too close and charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. Our client refused the breath test and was placed under an automatic one year license suspension. Her career was at risk because of this license suspension, as she would not be able to drive for work. Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a plea to reckless operation, and as part of the plea bargain the license suspension was terminated and no further suspension was issued. She will drive unrestricted and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-07-07: Powell Woman Avoids Ohio OVI Conviction and Keeps Mortgage License -- our client, a 44 year old mortgage broker, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. Our client was worried about losing her mortgage license with an Ohio OVI conviction. After only 30 days of representation, our client pled to non-moving violation. She will avoid an Ohio OVI conviction on her record, have no points added to her license, and she will be able to keep her mortgage license and job. She will pay a $100 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-06-07: 3rd Offense Ohio DUI Charges Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 35 year old Worthington man, was charged with his 3 rd Ohio OVI, while his 2 nd offense was still pending. Our client refused the breath test and field sobriety tests. After 3 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a non-moving violation for our client. Because this is our client's 3 rd arrest for Ohio DUI, he will spend 3 days in jail and will be on probation for 3 years. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-03-07: 2nd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Charge Reduced to Non-Moving Violation-- our client, a 28 year old stylist, was charged with his second Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding. After only 2 weeks of representation, our client pled to a non-moving, no points violation. He avoided an Ohio OVI conviction, as well as all 2 nd offense penalties. His mandatory 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated, and he will drive with broad driving privileges for six months. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

08-02-07: 3rd Offense Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI Avoids Months in Jail - our client, a 35 year old travel agent, was charged with her 3 rd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for a lanes violation. She had a 6 month jail sentence suspended which she faced for violating probation for her 2nd offense, just 6 months prior. After 4 months of representation, the case was favorably resolved, avoiding a significant jail sentence, vehicle forfeiture, and yellow plates. Our client will serve only 3 days in jail and will continue probation and counseling. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

08-01-07: 25 year old Avoids Mandatory 60 day Jail Sentence -- our client, a 25 year old man, was charged with his 3 rd Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. Facing substantial jail time, our client agreed to enter a plea to Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI stipulated first offense. He avoided a significant jail sentence, and his vehicle was released from immobilization. Our client will serve 3 days in jail, pay a $250 fine, and be on probation for 2 years. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

08-01-07: Powell Mother Avoids Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI -- our client, a 32 year old Powell woman, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after hitting a parking garage gate. Our client refused any tests. After 3 months of representation, the Ohio OVI charge was dropped to a non-moving violation. She will do 3 days in an alcohol education course and pay a $250 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-30-07: Hilliard Pharmacist's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Reduced to $300 Reckless Op - our client, a 36 year old pharmacist, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding in his own neighborhood. Our client's job was in jeopardy if he was convicted of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI as he would lose his license to practice. After 3 months of representation, our client pled to Reckless Operation. The mandatory 1 year license suspension for refusing a breath test was terminated, and he was not placed under any additional driving suspensions as part of the plea bargain. Our client will pay a $300 fine only. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-24-07: Public Relations Exec avoids Ohio DUI / OVI - our client, a 31 year old public relations executive, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after she was stopped for weaving and failing to signal. After 3 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox was able to negotiate a plea bargain, and our client's Ohio DUI / OVI charge was dropped to a non-moving violation, with no probation, no alcohol counseling, and the 1 year mandatory ALS for refusing a breath test was terminated for 6 month license suspension. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-24-07: Massage Therapist Student Ohio DUI / OVI Charged Dropped to Reckless Operation - our client, a 22 year old student, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding. Her breath test result was .17%. She was majoring in Massage Therapy and with an Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI conviction she was worried she would not be able to sit for the State Medical Board Testing to get licensed. After 7 months of representation, she entered a plea to Reckless Operation and was able to avoid a license suspension. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

 07-23-07: Columbus Woman Avoids 20 day Jail Sentence on 2nd Offense - our client, a 43 year old Administrative Assistant, was stopped at a checkpoint and charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI. After 3 months of representation, the case was favorably resolved, and our client will spend 6 days in alcohol counseling instead of the mandatory 20 days in jail and will be on probation for 1 year. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

 07-19-07: Vice President of Software Company Avoids Ohio OVI - our client, a 44 year old Vice President of a Software Company, was charged with Ohio OVI / Ohio DUI after being stopped for driving left of center. After 4 months of representation, our client pled to a non-moving violation and no points will be added to his license. He will pay a $150 fine and be on non-reporting probation for 2 years. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

07-16-07: HUNG JURY -- OHIO DUI TRIAL -- our client was accused of Ohio DUI in a "no plea bargains" county.  No plea negotiations took place for 3 1/2 months while the case was prepared for trial.  The trooper  testified that our client showed all the usual signs of intoxication, failed the field sobriety tests, admitted to having "too much to drive tonight", and refused a breath test.  Our client did not testify at trial.  Attorney Steve Fox tried the case on behalf of our client consisting of cross-examination of the trooper.  After nearly 5 hours of deliberation, the jury advised the judge they were "hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a verdict".  A mistrial was declared.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-12-07: Financial Planner's Ohio DUI Amended to a Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 45 year old owner of a financial planning company, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  After 4 months of representation, we were able to avoid an Ohio DUI conviction.  Our client entered a plea to a non-moving violation and did not receive any points on his BMV driving record.  After 6 months, his license suspension and probation will terminate.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

07-12-07: Business Owner Avoids Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI -- our client, a 54 year old business owner, was concerned about the impact on his company if he was convicted of DUI in Ohio.  He was not offered a breath test but the officers requested a urine sample.  Due to an empty bladder our client could not give a sample.  He was marked erroneously as a "Refusal".  After 4 months of representation Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a plea to physical control (a non-moving violation) with broad driving privileges so our client will be able to drive to his many job sites and client offices.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-12-07: Sales Job Protected After Client's 2d Ohio DUI Dropped to Lesser Charge - our client, a 32 year old salesperson with a job on the line, was arrested for Ohio DUI, a 2d offense, carrying mandatory 10 days in jail and yellow license plates among other items.  Attorney Steve Fox resolved the client's case on favorable terms with a non-moving violation and no license suspension to ensure that our client was able to keep his job.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

07-12-07: 43 Year Old Sales Exec's DUI Lowered -- our client was charged with Ohio DUI after blowing a .156% on a breath test machine.  After issues with our client's breath test arose, the State offered to amend the DUI charge to a non-moving violation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

07-12-07: Job Promotion Secured For Our Client After DUI Dropped to Reckless -- our client's employer offered him a job promotion with the use of a company car.  However, his pending Ohio DUI arrest prohibited this promotion.  A DUI conviction would have eliminated this job opportunity.  His case was resolved to Reckless Operation after evidentiary issues surfaced in the case.  (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger and Steve Fox).

07-11-07: OHIO DUI / OHIO OVI CHARGES DISMISSED -- our client, a 26 year old Columbus man, was accused of Ohio DUI by a local police officer after a traffic stop.  Our client performed well on the field sobriety tests but tested just 2% over the legal limit.  His DUI charges were dismissed and the client entered a plea to a fine only ($200) reckless driving.  His license suspension was terminated and he will be under 1 year of non-reporting probation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

07-09-07: Client Avoids Mandatory Jail on 2nd Offense Ohio DUI --  our client, a 54 year old Cleveland man, was charged with 2nd offense DUI.  His case was favorably resolved with a plea to DUI as a stipulated 1st offense, no jail, no yellow license plates, and a minimum driving privileges.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

07-09-07: Mandatory 20 Days in Jail Averted on DUI Plea -- our client, a 35 year old Westerville man and father of 2 young boys, was facing at least 20 days in the county jail, yellow license plates for 1-5 years, and loss of his vehicle for 90 days.  After 2 months of representation, his case was resolved favorably -- no jail, no immobilization of his vehicle, and driving privileges were restored.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

07-09-07: 3rd Offense Ohio DUI Case Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 32 year old Hilliard man, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by a local suburban police officer.  He opted to do field sobriety tests despite knowing the officer already made up his mind to arrest him.  Our client did the best he could under the circumstances on the field sobriety tests (which were not video taped).  Our client chose not to give a breath test.  After 5 months of representation his case was favorably resolved by Attorneys Tod  Brininger and Steve Fox. The Ohio DUI charge was reduced to a non-moving violation, $250 fine, 1 year license suspension of "recreational driving", ignition interlock for work driving, 2 years probation, 56 hours of community service, and strict alcohol-free probation. (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger and Steve Fox)

07-05-07: Mandatory 10 days in Jail and Probation Violation Avoided in Ohio DUI Case -- our client, a 22 year old Columbus man, was accused of his 2d offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI just 11 months after being convicted of his 1st offense DUI.  He had a 6 month jail sentence suspended which he faced as a result of violating his probation.  After just 90 days of representation, his case was favorably resolved with a fully suspended jail sentence, an agreement to extend his probation but not impose any days in jail on the probation violation, and a 12 month license suspension with full work privileges.  Our client will do an alcohol education program and pay a $250 fine.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

06-28-07: Columbus Lawyer's Ohio DUI Charges Reduced to $500 Fine Reckless Op --our client, a 56 year old Columbus corporate lawyer, was accused of Ohio DUI after being stopped for speeding.  The officer stopped him in our client's driveway.    Our client protested his innocence and reluctantly agreed to submit to field sobriety tests.  He asked his wife to go inside and get his shoes to do the walk-and-turn test.  Just as his wife came back to the driveway, our client was already in handcuffs and being stuffed into the backseat of the cruiser.  He refused to cooperate anymore and refused a breath test.  As a result of serious evidence problems for the prosecution, not to mention a lack of probable cause to arrest for DUI, the prosecutor agreed to lower the charge to straight reckless operation and terminate the 1 year ALS.   (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

06-28-07: Ohio DUI Case Dropped to $150 Fine Only "Reckless Op" After Breath Test Machine Aborts Sample -- our client, a 24 year old Cincinnati man, was accused of Ohio DUI in Columbus after being stopped by a local police department.  Our client's performance on the field sobriety tests was video taped which showed either signs of impairment or nervousness.  In an effort to prove his sobriety, our client agreed to take a breath test after being arrested, handcuffed, and transported to the police department.  Several seconds into the breath testing sequence, the machine suddenly aborted the testing sequence and registered an "Invalid Sample".  The officer's mistakenly marked our client as "Refusing" the breath test.  After 5 months of defense, the prosecutor agreed to amend the Ohio DUI charges down to a minor misdemeanor reckless operation of a vehicle and terminated his one year ALS for allegedly refusing the breath test. Our client's case was settled with just a $150 fine.  (Represented by Attorneys Steve Fox and Tod Brininger). 

06-27-07: Registered Nurse Accused of Ohio DUI - Charges Dropped -- $250 Fine Only --  our client, a 34 year old Registered Nurse, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by the Ohio State Patrol in a neighboring county.  Our client's breath sample was almost 20% below the legal limit. Undaunted, the trooper requested a urine sample to check for drugs.  Again, our client's urine sample showed absolutely no evidence of drugs. And, the alcohol concentration in the urine was 30% below the legal limit. However, prior to the prosecutor watching the arrest video to see if the client appeared impaired, our client agreed to pay a $250 fine to a non-moving violation in order to end the prosecution.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-27-07: Pharmacy Candidate's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI (.165% Breath Test) Dropped to Reckless Op, $300 Fine, and Very Broad Driving Privileges -- our client, a graduate Pharmacy student, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI in Columbus in December 2006.  His breath test registered .165%.  After 6 1/2 months of representation, a problem with the prosecution's case was identified resulting in the amendment of the charges to reckless operation of a vehicle.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-26-07: Upper Arlington Woman's Ohio DUI Charges Amended to Non-Moving Violation, $250 Fine, No Points on BMV Record -- our client, a 24 year old resident of Upper Arlington, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after an officer observed her car changing lanes without signaling several times.  Our client suffers from and is treated for Panic Attacks. As the officer was talking to her, she was overcome with anxiety and could not stay focused on the officer's requests.  She tried to explain but was unable to convince the officer of her pre-existing medical condition.  She was arrested after performing horribly on the field sobriety tests.  She refused a urine test, was never transported from the scene, and the officer eventually just walked her to her friend's house a few feet away from the scene.  After 4 months of representation and with the consent of the arresting officers, our client was permitted to enter a guilty plea to a non-moving violation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

06-25-07: FELONY DUI - 4TH DUI IN 3 YEARS -- AVOIDS PRISON-- our client, a 28 year old Upper Arlington man, entered a plea to Felony DUI after being convicted of his 4th DUI in Ohio in just 3 years.  He was sentenced to 100 days in jail, 90 days inpatient "rehab", and 5 years of community control ("probation").  His vehicle was forfeited under Ohio's DUI forfeiture law.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

06-18-07: Aggravated Menacing / Telephone Harassment -- ALL CHARGES DISMISSED -- our client, a local high school teacher and football coach, was accused of aggravated menacing and telephone harassment over a soured relationship.  After 4 months of defense, and with the agreement of the State and prosecuting witness, all charges were dismissed against our client.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

06-18-07: New Year's Eve Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI CHARGE DISMISSED -- our client, a 31 year old Columbus man, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding, fleeing the police, and resisting arrest.   After 5 1/2 months of defense, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charge and terminated the ALS / Refusal suspension (1 year).  Our client entered a guilty plea to "speeding" and was fined $100.  The fleeing charge was also dismissed.  Our client entered a guilty plea to "resisting arrest" and was fined $200 and placed on 2 years probation.  He also received community service and will sit for an alcohol / drug assessment.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-15-07: Hilliard Man Avoids Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge -- our client, a 47 year old man, was accused of DUI in Ohio after being stopped for failing to signal and performing reasonably well on the field sobriety tests. After 5 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger worked out a plea bargain with the prosecutor where the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges were dropped to reckless operation of a vehicle, $100 fine, and no probation.  Our client's 1 year ALS "Refusal" suspension remains with limited driving privileges.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-14-07: Pharmacist's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Reduced --  our client, a local pharmacist, was accused of Ohio DUI.  He was stopped for speeding and flatly denies being DUI.  The prosecutor agreed to amend the DUI to reckless operation in exchange for the client not proceeding to trial.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

06-14-07: Breath Test Ohio DUI Dismissed (.137%), Ohio DUI Case Dropped -- our client, a 22 year old woman, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for weaving, failing field sobriety tests, and testing .137% by breath.  After 9 months of representation and litigation, her case was favorably resolved today with a reckless operation of a vehicle, $250 fine, and 2 years of basic probation.  She will have 6 months of "recreational driving suspension".  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger and Steve Fox).  

06-14-07: Reynoldsburg Man Avoids Mandatory Jail and Yellow Plates -- our client, a 29 year old Reynoldsburg man, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after losing control of his car on a local freeway due to a pre-existing car accident that he swerved to avoid.  Our client tested .209% by breath.  The breath test charge was dismissed.  Our client received a suspended jail sentence and the Ohio DUI Yellow License Plates were avoided.   (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-14-07: 4th Offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Client Gets 20 days in Jail -- our client, a 37 year old Dublin man, was arrested for his 4th offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI just 5 months after pleading guilty to his 3rd offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI. He was still on probation when he was arrested in January 2007.  Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox were able to resolve the client's case with a blend of alcohol treatment / counseling and a reduced jail sentence.  His probation was reinstated with significant no alcohol orders.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

06-13-07: TV News Reporter's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped -- our client, a local TV news personality, was arrested for Ohio DUI by a local suburban police officer.  His breath test was over the legal limit.  Based upon some evidentiary issues in the case, the prosecutor agreed to amend the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges to a non-moving violation provided that our client agree to an alcohol education program, $150 fine, and 6 month license suspension with driving privileges for his job.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger).

06-13-07: Blood Test (.380%), 4th Arrest for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Case Resolution -- our client, a 40 year old woman, struck a utility pole, flipped her truck, and was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Despite her record, Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a sentence on the Ohio DUI with no jail, a 3 day alcohol education program, and just a 6 month license suspension with work privileges.  She will enroll in any counseling recommended by the counselors.  She was fined $300.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-13-07: New York Man's Ohio DUI (.162% Breath) Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a resident of New York, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for weaving.  Her performed extremely well on the field sobriety tests but he tested double Ohio's DUI legal limit (.162% by breath).  After 3 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a non-moving violation and a 6 month Ohio license suspension, $750 fine, and basic non-reporting probation.  He will do an alcohol program in New York.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-12-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Case Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 24 year old Galena man, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI in December 2006.  If convicted of DUI in Ohio, he would have lost his job due to internal HR policies.  He was stopped after being observed squealing his tires.  His driving record consists of 2 prior reckless operation convictions in the past 3 years.  He told the officer he consumed 7 beers in 6 hours. His field test results were above average relative to other Ohio DUI cases.  After 6 months of representation, his case was set for a Jury Trial today.  The prosecutor re-evaluated his case and offered a non-moving violation to our client.  Our client wil not receive any points on his driving record. His 1 year ALS "Refusal" suspension was terminated as part of the plea bargain.  Instead he received a 6 months suspension, basic probation, and a 3 day alcohol program. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

06-11-07: Columbus Attorney Avoids Mandatory 20 Days in Jail on Ohio DUI 2d Offense --  our client, a local insurance defense lawyer, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI - 2d offense which carries mandatory 20 days in jail and yellow DUI license plates for 1 to 5 years among other penalties.  His case lasted 3 months and resulted Attorney Tod Brininger negotiating a substantial reduction in charges predicated upon evidence problems for the State's case.  Our client entered a plea to "reckless operation" of a vehicle and was fined $125.  He received 2 years non-reporting probation and no license suspension. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

06-11-07: 60% Reduction in Mandatory Jail Sentence on Ohio DUI 3rd Offense -- our client, a 23 year old Columbus man, was charged with a 3rd Offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a 60% reduction in jail resulting in our client serving just 15 days of a mandatory minimum 60 days in jail.  Forfeiture of the vehicle was avoided.  Our client will be on probation for 5 years and will continue alcohol counseling.  He has 8 months to pay a $400 fine.  His 5 year license suspension will be reviewed after 1 year has been served.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

06-05-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI (.174% breath test) CHARGES DISMISSED - our client, a 19 year old young man who resides with his parents, was arrested on the suspicion of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after wrecking his vehicle.  His breath test result was .174%.  Attorney Tod Brininger entered a "Not Guilty" plea, filed a Motion to Suppress the Breath Test, and conducted a pre-trial hearing on the admissibility of the test.  The Judge suppressed the breath test.  There was also another error in the underlying Ohio DUI - impaired charge which permitted our client to simply enter a plea to "Failure to Control".  He paid a token fine.  ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

06-04-07: Single Mom Sentenced on 3rd Offense DUI - our client, a 38 year old woman, was charged with her 3rd Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  Facing substantial jail, this single mother of a 4 year old boy, agreed to enter a plea to Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  After Attorney Tod Brininger presented mitigating circumstances to the prosecutor and judge, our client received a favorable plea bargain offer and sentence.  The State agreed to have her sentenced as a "first offender" which resulted in our client receiving a suspended jail sentence and straight probation with alcohol education / counseling for the next 3 years.  Her license was suspended for 9 months and she is eligible for work privileges.  She was fined $500. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

06-04-07: 4th Offense DUI Nets Client Counseling But No Jail -- our client, a 38 year old Westerville man and father of a 14 year old daughter, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by a local suburban police department.  He refused field sobriety tests and a breath test.  There was no video to corroborate the officer's opinion.  There was no erratic driving reported by the officer. The only evidence was of recent consumption of beer.  Due to the evidentiary problems and in consideration of our client entering a plea to the Ohio DUI charge, he received a suspended jail sentence, alcohol counseling, a 1 year license suspension, $200 fine, and 2 years of monitored probation.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox).

05-31-07: Future Law Student's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 21 year old Ohio State University senior, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding in the campus area.  She performed reasonably well on the field sobriety tests; however, she tested .143% by breath at the police station.  After 5 months of representation we were able to resolve her case based upon some evidence problems in the State's case.  She pled guilty to a non-moving violation, no points charged to her driving record, a $250 fine, and 1 year of non-reporting probation.  She did not receive a license suspension.  She already attended a 3 day alcohol education program.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

05-31-07: Columbus Man Avoids Mandatory Jail Sentence on Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI -  our client, a 22 year old man, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after striking a utility pole in late December 2006.  He failed the roadside field sobriety tests and blew a .264%. However, the prosecution was unable to prove that our client's breath test was taken within the required 3 hours of the accident due to the fact the State could not prove what time the accident happened.  The breath test charge was dismissed.  Attorney Steve Fox then negotiated a suspended jail sentence, fine, and probation for our client.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox). 

05-30-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge Dismissed -- our client, a 42 year old Westerville resident, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after allegedly running a red light and failing field sobriety tests.  An offer to plea to reckless operation was rejected.  The prosecutor then agreed to dismiss the Ohio DUI charge and terminate the one year "Refusal" suspension in exchange for our client not proceeding to trial. Our client pled guilty to running a red light. She was fined $50.  Her defense lasted 3 months .(Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

05-29-07: Rape Charge Dropped by Detectives - our client was accused of "date rape" in early 2007.  The client hired Attorney Brad Koffel to represent and advise him.  After 4 months of investigation and passing 2 polygraph exams, the allegations against our client were concluded to be false.  The motive for the fabrication are unclear. 

05-29-07: Dublin Woman's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Resolved Favorably - our client, a 35 year old "stay at home" mom of 3 boys was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after an evening out with some friends at a local Italian restaurant.  She was stopped for speeding and performed quite well on the field sobriety tests. Her breath test result was .113%.  We were able to get her license back to her at her first court date. After 4 months of representation, we identified several problems with the evidence against her.  The prosecution agreed to dismiss the breath test charge and amend the remaining Ohio DUI charge to a non-moving violation. Our client received just a $200 fine, no probation, no 3 day program, no license suspension, no DUI. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox). 

05-29-07: Powell Man's 3rd Ohio DUI Case Dropped Down to a Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 40 year old Powell man, was facing a very long jail sentence if convicted of Ohio DUI.  Married with 2 boys, the family could not afford for our client to get a severe jail sentence.  After a full evaluation of the case, we offered to plead to a lesser alcohol-related offense in exchange for counseling and probation.  The prosecutor eventually agreed a plea bargain. Our client was fined $600 and received 2 years non-reporting probation. He did not receive a license suspension and his "refusal" suspension was terminated.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-23-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI - CASE DISMISSED - our client, a 27 year old Johnstown man, was accused of Ohio DUI by a local suburban police department after a routine traffic stop.  His arrest was videotaped which helped exonerate our client.  After just 2 months of representation, the Ohio DUI charge against our client was dismissed. He was fined just $50 for the "weaving" charge.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-23-07: OSU Student's Ohio DUI (.166% breath test) Dropped to Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 20 year old OSU student, was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after allegedly failing field sobriety tests and testing .166%.  Facing a 1 Quarter suspension from OSU, our client chose to enter a "Not Guilty" plea and have us defend the case.  After 5 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a non-moving violation carrying no points on our client's driving record.  Our client will do a 3 day alcohol program and pay a $250 fine.  His license will be fully reinstated in 1 week.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

05-23-07: Nurse's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge Amended to Fine Only Reckless Op - our client, a 40 year old Dublin R.N., was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI in November 2006 after being stopped for weaving.  Our client was on her cell phone which was the cause of her inattentiveness.  The field investigation for DUI (roadside field sobriety tests) were performed, in our opinion, quite well.  The officer still arrested our client.  Upon being cuffed and taken to the police department, she called her husband for advice.  He told her to refuse to give a breath test because that is "what he heard to do".  After 6 months of representation, Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a disposition for our client resulting in a plea to a lesser traffic offense with a $200 fine and a 3 day alcohol education program.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

05-22-07: Client Who DUI / Hit-Skipped a Police Cruiser Receives Probation - our client, a 25 year old Dublin man, struck a police cruiser and then he allegedly tried to leave the scene.  He was blocked in by another police cruiser. He was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI and hit-skip.  The hit-skip charge was dismissed. Our client entered a plea to Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI 1st offense and he received a mandatory minimum sentence.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger). 

05-22-07: Ohio DUI 3rd Offense Before the Age of 21 - our client, a 20 year old Columbus resident, was charged with his 3rd Ohio DUI just 2 weeks before his 21st birthday.  He was still on probation for his 2d offense Ohio DUI.  After6 months of representation, Attorney Brad Koffel negotiated just a 20 day jail sentence plus 28 days of rehab at one of the country's best treatment facilities.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

05-21-07: Ohio DUI High Tier Penalties Dismissed / Client Avoids Mandatory Jail - our client, a 21 year old woman, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for driving on a flat tire. He failed her field sobriety tests.  She then tested .199%.  After 3 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox advised the client to enter a plea to the lesser DUI once the State dismissed the breath test charge.  This allowed our client to do a 3 day alcohol program in lieu of 3 days in jail.  She will not have yellow license plates either.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-21-07: Ohio DUI Charges Dropped Against Sales Rep - our client, a 35 year old advertising sales executive who relies heavily on driving, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after spinning out of control and getting stuck on the median of I-670.  The responding officer suspected that our client was intoxicated.  After 3 months of representation, Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a non-moving violation for the client.   Because this is the client's second 3rd arrest for DUI in 2 years, the judge ordered our client to spend 2 weekends in jail.  He will not have probation but he will pay a $200 fine.  Our client's career was left intact.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox). 

05-16-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge Dismissed -- our client, a 24 year old Westerville man, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for speeding.  It was alleged by the officer that our client failed the field sobriety tests.  Our client refused the breath test.  After just 60 days of representation, Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a dismissal of the Ohio DUI charge and termination of the 1 year "Refusal" suspension ("ALS").  Our client entered a plea of guilty to speeding and paid a $50 fine. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-15-07: Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation After Client Tests .173% -- our client, a 40 year old Columbus man, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after failing field sobriety tests and testing .173% on a breath test machine.  As a result of 4 months of litigation and negotiations, the prosecutor eventually agreed to amend the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges to a non-moving, alcohol-related offense.  Our client avoided mandatory 3 days in jail and mandatory yellow DUI license plates.  He will pay a $200 fine and does not have any probation.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel, Steve Fox, and Tod Brininger).

05-15-07: Mandatory Jail and Mandatory Yellow DUI Plates Avoided After Client Tests .233% on a Breath Test -- our client, a 21 year old Columbus man, avoided 3 days in jail and yellow DUI plates after being arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  His defense lasted 3 months. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

05-04-07: CEO of National Company Avoids Jail on Second Ohio DUI Arrest in 2 Months -- our client, a 55 year old CEO of a privately held company, was arrested for his second Ohio DUI charge in 2 months.  He received a $300 fine, no jail, no probation, no yellow DUI license plates, and just a 6 month "recreational driving" suspension.  He will do a 3 day alcohol program.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

05-04-07: Client Avoids Mandatory 3 Day Jail Term and Yellow DUI Plates / Fleeing Case Dismissed-- our client, a 40 year old Galloway woman, was accused of her second Ohio DUI after being stopped and arrested on I-270 in April.  The officer alleged that our client failed to stop after turning on his emergency lights and siren.  He charged her with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI with a prior and Failure to Comply with an Officer's Orders.  Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox negotiated a disposition for her where the Ohio DUI charge carrying mandatory jail and yellow DUI license plates was dismissed.  She entered a plea to a lesser Ohio DUI charge and was fined $300.  She will do a 3 day alcohol education program. Her 1 year license suspension was terminated and was replaced with just a 6 month suspension.  The "flee" charge was dismissed.  She did not get any probation.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

05-03-07: Jury Acquits Client Accused of Domestic Violence & Assault -- our client was accused of domestic violence and assault by his ex-wife.  This is the second time she accused our client of this charge.  The first case was dismissed for lack of evidence.  While this case was pending, she claimed our client violated a protection order and had our client arrested.  That charge was also dismissed at the arraignment.  While our client was in jail after one of his arrests, his ex-wife cleaned out the bank accounts of nearly $15,000.  The court banned him from his home while the ex-wife lived there.  She then moved in her boyfriend and continued to taunt our client and bait him into violating the protection order.  After 5 months of waiting for his day in court, our client was finally cleared of any wrongdoing in a 3 day jury trial.  The jury only needed about 2 hours to render a "Not Guilty" verdict.  During the week of his trial, his ex-wife once again filed yet another violation of a protection order.  Our client has now requested that the City Attorneys office file charges against his ex-wife for Falsification and Filing False Police Reports.  Charges against her are being investigated.  (Represented by Attorneys Steve Fox and Tod Brininger).

05-03-07: College Senior Avoids Mandatory Jail and Yellow DUI License Plates -- our client, a senior at Miami University, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI just days before he was to start his sophomore year.  His defense lasted 21 months after a trip to the Court of Appeals.  He was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by the Oxford, Ohio police department after doing exceptionally well on his field sobriety tests.  An hour later, however, he gave a breath sample which the machine reported as .180% -- a near impossibility given his performance of the field sobriety tests and the amount of alcohol he did, in fact consume.  The breath test charge was ultimately dismissed by the State which resulted in our client not having to serve a mandatory 3-6 days incarceration.  He will attend a 3 day alcohol program and basic probation.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

05-03-07: Ohio DUI Arrest of Miami University Student Dropped to Lesser Traffic Offense --  our client, a 20 year old Miami University student, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by an Oxford Police officer.  Our client was observed running a red light in the early morning hours of January 2007.  The officer stopped him and asked him he had been drinking which he acknowledged despite only being 20 years old.  Our client agreed to prove his sobriety by doing the field sobriety tests.  The client did exceptionally well on the field tests; however, the officer still arrested him for Ohio DUI. Our client declined to give a breath test due to the extremely low legal limit for underaged motorists.  The case was resolved by Mr. Koffel after 3 months of representation.  Our client entered a plea to reckless operation and underaged consumption and having a fake ID.  He was placed on unsupervised probation and fined.  He will attend a 3 day alcohol education program.  No jail. No yellow plates. ( Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

05-03-07:  Breath Test (.114%) Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Dropped to Non-Moving Violation - our client, a 23 year old Columbus man, was arrested after failing to signal a turn at 2:10 a.m. He did reasonably well on his field sobriety tests and opted to give a breath sample.  The test resulted in a reading 34% over Ohio's DUI legal limit of .080%.  His Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI case was defended by Attorney Steve Fox for 8 months resulting in an amendment of the charges to a non-moving violation.  The client was ordered to attend a 3 day alcohol education program, $250 fine, and a 90 day "recreational driving" suspension. He was placed on 2 years basic probation. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-01-07: Corrections Officer's Ohio DUI Charges Reduced After 10 Months of Defense and on Day of Trial -- our client, a 29 year old Corrections Officer, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI in July of 2006.  Our client will do a 3 day alcohol education program and be on probation for 1 year.  Due to the ugly allegations in the case where our client nearly struck a police cruiser, the judge imposed 160 hours of community service.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

05-01-07: Powell Man Avoids 20 Days in Jail and Yellow License Plates on Ohio DUI Case -- our client, a 21 year old man, was accused of DUI in Ohio, a 2nd offense, which carries mandatory 20 days in jail, yellow DUI license plates for 1-5 years, and  immobilization of the vehicle for 90 days.  A plea bargain was reached after  2 1/2 months of work.  Our client entered a plea to Ohio DUI but the received a suspended jail sentence.  He will only have a 6 month license suspension with work driving privileges, and a $300 fine.  He will be on probation for 1 year.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

05-01-07: Mandatory 20 Days in Jail and Yellow DUI License Plates Avoided on Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge -- our client, a 23 year old Hilliard man, was arrested for his second offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  After 6 months of representation, Attorneys Brad Koffel and Steve Fox negotiated a DUI plea where the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charge carrying a mandatory 20 days in jail would be dismissed.  Our client was sentenced a no jail, a 3 day alcohol education program, a $250 fine, and no additional license suspension.  Yellow license plates were also avoided.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

04-30-07: 84% Reduction in Mandatory Jail on Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Case / Yellow DUI License Plates Avoided -- our client, a 28 year old Columbus man, was accused of second offense DUI in Ohio after testing .170% by breath.  The mandatory 20 days in jail were negotiated down to just a weekend in jail.  The mandatory yellow DUI license plates were avoided.  The client's car was released from a 90 day "club" order.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

04-30-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Case Dropped to Non-Moving Violation, Fine Only -- our client, a 28 year old Columbus man, was charged with his first offense DUI in Ohio.  His defense lasted just 1 month and quickly resulted in a plea to a non-moving violation and a fine only.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox.)

04-23-07: Ohio DUI Crash Settles on Day of Trial -- our client was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after rear-ending another vehicle.  Our client's airbag deployed and he was dazed when the officers arrived.  They administered field sobriety tests on our client and arrested him.  He chose not to give a breath test.  Attorney Tod Brininger challenged the sufficiency of the evidence used to support the officers' decision to arrest our client.  A probable cause hearing was conducted which disclosed serious discrepancies in the two officers version of events.  Although probable cause to arrest our client was found by the judge, the prosecution elected not to proceed to trial.  Our client entered a plea to a non-moving, alcohol-related offense.  His defense lasted 8 months.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

04-18-07: Columbus Lawyer's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped -- our client, a local personal injury lawyer, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being arrested by a local suburban police department. He refused to give a breath test and was placed under a 1 year license suspension.  His case was settled with a plea agreement wherein our client agreed to plead guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle, no license suspension, termination of the 1 year "Refusal" suspension, no 3 day program, and 2 years of basic probation. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

04-18-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 21 year old Westerville man, was charged with DUI after failing field sobriety tests and refusing a breath test.  He fired his first lawyer on the eve of his jury trial and hired our firm to assume control of the case.  We continued the trial, filed a Motions to Suppress, and requested a pre-trial hearing.  On the day of the hearing, Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a non-moving violation, $250 fine, 1 year basic probation.  He will do a 3 day alcohol program as a condition of probation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

04-17-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dismissed by Prosecutor -- our client, a 26 year old Galena man, was charged with Ohio DUI after turning the wrong way into a gas station, allegedly failing field tests, and refusing a breath test.  An offer to plead to reckless operation was rejected by our client. The State was forced to dismiss the DUI or proceed to trial. The State then agreed to dismiss the DUI charge. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox).

04-17-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charge Dismissed by Prosecutor -- our client, a 29 year old New Albany man, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  He agreed to a breath test which was 18% under the legal limit.  The State agreed to dismiss the Ohio DUI charge once our client completes a 3 day program.  He will plead guilty to speeding only.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

04-17-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dismissed -- our client, a 19 year old Gahanna resident, was charged with Ohio DUI after failing field tests and refusing a breath test.  We filed a Motion to Dismiss / Suppress with the Court after evaluating the strength of the State's case.  On the day of the hearing, the prosecutor agreed to just dismiss the DUI charge. Our client pled guilty to "expired tags" and paid a fine.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

04-11-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dropped to $150 Fine / Reckless Operation -- our client, a Westerville area Financial Planner, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after a night celebrating his 31st birthday in October of 2006.  He was followed for nearly 5 miles before he was stopped.  He performed average on the field sobriety tests and chose not to give a breath test.  His case lasted nearly 7 months.  Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a fine only disposition after the State amended the Ohio DUI charge to reckless operation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

04-11-07: Breath Test (.191%) and Drug Paraphernalia Charges Dismissed -- our client, a 41 year old Groveport man, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after crashing his Toyota Tacoma into a concrete lane divider in December of 2006.  During a pat down search as part of his arrest, the officer found drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipe).  Our client subsequently blew almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit.  Attorney Tod Brininger negotiated a favorable disposition at sentencing.  The State dismissed the high test charge which removed a mandatory 3 day jail sentence as well as mandatory yellow license plates.  The drug charge was also dismissed which saved our client from an additional 6 month license suspension.  Our client paid a $300 fine and will do a 3 day alcohol education program.  He will remain under restricted driving for 60 more days.  He does not have probation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger).

04-11-07: Ann Arbor Woman's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Amended to $150 Fine (Reckless Operation) -- our client, a 22 year old woman, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  She tested just under the legal limit (.076%).  However, the officer still charged her with the DUI / OVI.  Attorney Steve Fox filed a Motion to Suppress challenging the probable cause to arrest her for DUI in the first place. On the day of the hearing, the State amended the charged to a minor misdemeanor reckless operation.  She was fined just $150.  No probation. No 3 day program.  No license suspension.  Her defense lasted 4 months.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

04-11-07: Delaware Man's Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 25 year old man, was charged with DUI in Ohio after being stopped for weaving.  He agreed to perform field sobriety tests (which were not recorded) and did exceptionally well.  Our client, however, tested .149% on a portable breath test  (PBT) at the scene which led to his arrest.  He refused to give another breath test at the police station.  The PBT was not admissible against our client in his prosecution.  As a result, the State was left with evidence tending to be much more consistent with innocence than guilt.  Attorney Steve Fox negotiated a plea bargain for our client wherein he received no points on his license and a $200 fine.  He was not placed on probation nor did he have to do the 3 day alcohol education program.  His defense lasted 4 months.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

04-10-07: Petty Officer in U.S. Navy --  Ohio DUI .143% Breath Test Case Dropped -- our cilent, a Petty Officer in the United States Navy was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI while on leave.  He was stopped for speeding 60 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone.  He failed the field sobriety tests.  His breath test result was 63% over Ohio's DUI legal limit. Attorney Steve Fox filed a Motion to Suppress the breath test and the field sobriety tests.  On the day of the hearing, a settlement was reached.  Our client agreed to plead guilty to "reckless operation" and speeding.  He received 1 year of non-reporting probation wherein he must pay a $250 fine and do a 3 day alcohol education program.   His defense lasted 3 months. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

03-29-07: Not Guilty Verdict at Jury Trial on Ohio DUI Charge -- our client, a 21 year old Junior at The Ohio State University was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI in November of 2006.  He was stopped for allegedly weaving in and out of his lane at 4:30 a.m.  The evidence from trial was that he was lost and overshot his turn to his street by 5 miles.  The officer testified he had bloodshot and glassy eyes, a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, that he was "all over the road", and that he was unsteady on his feet.  The client put his foot down 3 times on the one-legged stand test and performed reasonably well on the walk-and-turn test.  The officer also administered the HGN which our client also apparently failed.  The final test was the Alphabet which our client could not recite due to nervousness.  Our client refused to give a breath sample.  Also, he did not testify at trial.  The State had the arresting officer testify and introduced the arrest video into evidence.  The jury returned a verdict of "Not Guilty" in about 60 minutes.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

03-29-07: District Manager for Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical Sales Company -- Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 36 year old District Manager of a major pharmaceutical sales company, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  She tested 50% over the legal limit.  After 5 months of litigation, the case was settled on the morning of trial.  Attorney Brad Koffel negotiated a non-moving violation carrying no points on her driving record.  Had she been convicted of DUI in Ohio, she would have been terminated by her company.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

03-26-07: Senior at OSU's Breath Test Dismissed, Ohio DUI Dropped -- our client, a Senior at The Ohio State University, was arrested for DUI after performing perfectly on the field sobriety tests.  He subsequently tested .119% by breath.  He was not suspended by OSU for the Ohio DUI despite its current "Zero Tolerance" Policy.  Also, Attorneys Tod Brininger and Steve Fox negotiated a reduction of his Ohio DUI to a non-moving violation, no points on his driving record, and a $150 fine.  He will do a 3 day alcohol education program while on probation for the next year. (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger & Steve Fox).

03-22-07: 4th Offense Ohio DUI Client Receives No Jail Sentence -- our client, a 37 year old Grove City man, was accused of his 4th DUI in Ohio after being stopped for not stopping at a red light.  He voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests knowing thinking that he was not impaired. He performed reasonably well on the one legged stand & walk and turn tests.  A pre-trial plea bargain was reached where our client agreed to enter a guilty plea to DUI in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of no jail.  After hearing from the prosecutors and Attorney Steve Fox, the judge agreed to suspend the entire jail  term and place our client on 2 years of probation.  As a condition of probation he will do a 3 day alcohol workshop and any follow-up counseling that is recommended.  His license was suspended for just 6 months.  He was granted work driving privileges provided he installs an ignition interlock device.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

03-21-07: College Head Coach's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped -- our client, a college head coach, was accused of Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after testing 47% over Ohio's DUI legal limit (he tested .127% by breath).  After 6 months of representation, Attorneys Steve Fox and Tod Brininger negotiated a settlement with the State of Ohio.  In exchange for the State amending the Ohio DUI charges to a non-moving violation, our client agreed to enter a guilty plea.  He was fined $125.  As a condition of probation he will attend a 3 day alcohol education workshop and a victims impact panel.  (Represented by Attorneys Steve Fox & Tod Brininger).

03-20-07: Ohio DUI Amended to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 24 year old employee of JP Morgan / Chase, was accused of Ohio DUI by a local suburban police officer.  Our client performed quite well on the field sobriety tests which were recorded on a cruiser video camera.  After nearly 4 months of representation, the State offered to amend our client's Ohio DUI charge to a non-moving offense if he agreed to sit for an alcohol assessment.  Our client simply paid a $350 fine, did not have to do a 3 day alcohol program, and received very generous restricted driving privileges.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

03-20-07: 2d Offense Ohio DUI Dropped to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 26 year old entrepreneur who travels extensively managing his 3 businesses, was charged with his 2d Ohio DUI. His prior Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charge was in 2003. In 2004 he was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident.  He was facing 20+ days in jail, a 5 year license suspension, 90 day loss of his vehicle, and yellow license plates among other penalties.  We successfully negotiated a settlement with the prosecutors office where our client agreed to plead guilty to Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.  He was fined $150 plus court costs.  As part of his probation he must attend a 3 day alcohol workshop and serve 2 weekends in jail.  His case lasted just over 3 months.  ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).  

03-19-07: VP of Mortgage Company 2d Offense Ohio DUI Reduced -- our client, a 38 year old Westerville man and father of two young children, was charged with his 2d DUI in Ohio in 2 years.  Under mandatory Ohio DUI sentencing, he was facing a minimum 20 days in jail and up to 180 days, a license suspension up to 5 years, mandatory yellow license plates ("Restricted Plates"), no employment driving for the first 90 days of the suspension, loss of his vehicle for 3 months, and mandatory alcohol counseling.  After extensive discussions with the Prosecutor, we successfully negotiated a Reckless Operation charge.  He was sentenced to 72 hours in jail, a 3 day alcohol program, 2 years probation, an alcohol assessment, and a 2 year license suspension.  He was not ordered to receive yellow license plates and we were able to get his employment driving restored about 2 months early.  ( Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Steve Fox). 

03-13-07: Future Medical Student's Ohio DUI Amended to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 23 year old college senior who will be starting medical school in the fall, was charged with DUI / OVI in Ohio after being stopped for speeding.  In light of the fact he had consumed alcohol earlier in the night, he was asked to exit his vehicle and perform field sobriety tests.  His field tests were not recorded on video.  He was arrested by the officer.  His breath test result was .146%.  His case lasted nearly 10 months.  However, on the day of his jury trial, the State agreed to an amendment due to a witness problem.  He was fined $150 plus court costs.  He agreed to do a 3 day alcohol education program as part of the plea arrangement.  All license suspensions were terminated.  (Represented by Attorneys Steve Fox and Brad Koffel)

03-12-07: Ohio DUI, .104% Breath Test Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 25 year old engineer with the United States Postal Service, was facing termination from his job if he was convicted of DUI.  He allegedly failed sobriety tests and his breath test result was 24% over Ohio's legal limit.  After nearly 4 months of representation, we were able to secure a non-moving violation for our client to accept due to some problems with the State's case.   The DUI charge was amended.  His license suspension (ALS) and $425 reinstatement fee was terminated.  He did not receive a license suspension but he was fined $1,000.  He did not receive  probation either.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox) 

03-08-07: Ohio DUI 2d Offense Conviction Reversed and 3rd Offense DUI Reduced to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 33 year old Thornville man, was arrested for his 3rd offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI while his 2d Offense Ohio DUI conviction was pending before the 5th District Court of Appeals.  With his 3rd Offense DUI case pending, his 2d Offense Ohio DUI conviction was reversed.  Several months later his 3rd Offense Ohio DUI was amended to reckless operation based upon insufficient evidence.  Our client's sentence was just a $150 fine. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger) 

03-08-07: Ohio DUI Charge Carrying Mandatory Minimum 60 Days in Jail Dropped - our client, a 29 year old Columbus man, was charged with his 3rd offense DUI in Ohio.  Under mandatory sentencing he was facing at least 60 consecutive days in jail and a license suspension up to 10 years.  Our client performed above average on his field sobriety tests.  In order to secure a DUI conviction, the State offered to dismiss the DUI charge carrying 60 days in jail.  Our clientchose to enter a plea to a stipulated 1st offense Ohio DUI and received a completely suspended jail sentence, a $300 fine, a 6 month license suspension with work driving privileges, and no probation.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

03-01-07:  Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI with a .175% Breath Test Amended to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 24 year old Hilliard woman, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI by a local suburban police department after she struck a parked car, failed the field sobriety tests, and blew .175% BAC.  After 5 months of representation, a pre-trial settlement was reached between the prosecutor and us.  The prosecutor offered a reduced charge of reckless operation if our client agreed to do a 3 day alcohol program.  We advised our client to accept this offer.  Our client was sentenced to a $200 fine, no license suspension, no probation, no DUI, no jail, and no yellow plates.  (Represented by Attorneys Steve Fox & Brad Koffel).

03-01-07: Mandatory 60 Days in Jail Avoided -- our client, a 24 year old Columbus man, was charged with his 3rd Ohio DUI in a 5 year period.  Due to his age and history, it was clear aggressive intervention was required in order to help our client.  We put together a treatment / relapse prevention team as well as a DUI defense.  Our client was facing a mandatory minimum 60 days in the county jail up to 1 year, up to a 10 year license suspension, and forfeiture of his vehicle.  After 5 months of representation, the State agreed to offer a stipulated 1st offense in order to secure a DUI conviction due to major evidentiary hurdles in their case.  Our client was sentenced to a suspended jail term provided he attends a 3 day alcohol program, does not possess or consume alcohol, and continues to show improvement through his counseling.  His license was suspended for 1 year.  He will be on strict probation for 18 months.  ( Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

02-28-07: Breath Test .148% Dismissed and Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Reduced  to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 23 year old Columbus man, was arrested by a local suburban police department after being observed driving on the median, swerving, and failing his field sobriety tests.  Believing that he did well on the field sobriety tests and that he would also pass a breath test, he agreed to give a breath sample.  Our client tested .148%.   After interviewing our client and investigating the case in greater detail, we concluded that our client's excellent performance on the field sobriety tests was inconsistent withtesting 68% over Ohio's legal limit.  As opposed to continued litigation and after 5 months of maintaininghis innocence, the prosecutor agreed to drop the Ohio DUI charges to reckless driving.  Our client received a $200 fine and 1 year of non-reporting probation.  He must do a 3 day program within the next 5 months.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

02-28-07: FELONY BURGLARY CHARGES AMENDED TO MISDEMEANOR -- our client, a 31 year old single mom, was indicted on a single count of Burglary.  Suspecting that her boyfriend was cheating on her, our client drove to her friend's house whom she suspected was sleeping with her boyfriend.  The back door was open, she entered, and a fight ensued between our client and this other woman.  Under Ohio law, entering the dwelling of another with the purpose of committing any additional crime is a felony.  Today, based upon our client's good record and remorse, the State agreed to amend the indictment to Aggravated Trespass.  Our client was sentenced to 1 year of non-reporting probation. She was not fined but was merely ordered to pay the court costs of the case.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-28-07: Former County Deputy's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Lesser Traffic Offense -- our client, a former county deputy, was arrested by a suburban police department for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  He was stopped for speeding, performed well on the field sobriety tests, but chose not to give a breath test.  As a result of an absence of compelling evidence against him, the prosecutor agreed to amend the Ohio DUI to reckless operation.  Our client received a $250 fine. His 1 year license suspension was reduced by 50% (to 6 months) with work driving privileges.  He does not have to attend a 3 day program and he was placed on 1 year of non-reporting probation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-28-07: .133% Breath Test Charge Dismissed, Client Pleads to Reckless Operation -- our cilent, a 43 year old Columbus man, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after being stopped for passing in a "no passing" zone.  He allegedly failed field sobriety tests which were recorded on a cruiser video system.  Believing he would pass, he agreed to give a breath sample which tested .133%.  We entered a "Not Guilty" plea, conducted discovery in the case, audited the breath testing records at the police station, and then filed a Motion to Suppress the Breath Sample.  On the day of the hearing, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the breath test and reduce our client's Ohio DUI charges down to reckless operation of a motor vehicle.  His pre-trial license suspension was terminated.  He received a $250 fine, no license suspension, a 1 year of basic probation.  He must complete a 3 day program within 30 days. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

02-28-07: 5th Offense Ohio DUI Offender Receives 10 Days in Jail -- our client, a 42 year old man, was charged with his 5th DUI in Ohio.  As a condition of representation, he agreed to undergo Intensive Outpatient Counseling for alcoholism.  As a result of our client's progress towards recovery and the remoteness of his first 2 DUI's, the a plea was reached where our client agreed to plead guilty to Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI.  He will serve 10 days in jail, attend a 3 day alcohol program, and maintain an alcohol-free life.  (Represented by Attorneys Tod Brininger and Brad Koffel)

02-26-07: OSU Pre-Med Student Receives Extremely Favorable Ohio DUI Plea Bargain -- our client, a 19 year old biology major at the Ohio State University was arrested by the Ohio State Patrol in October 2006.  His field sobriety tests were performed quite well and were recorded by the cruiser's in car camera.  Our client chose not to give a breath sample.  After 5 months of representation, the prosecutor acknowledged the serious evidentiary issues in the case and agreed to a reckless operation of a vehicle.  Our client will attend a 3 day program and will receive a fine only and no additional license suspension when he is sentenced in April.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

02-26-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Amended to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 35 year old Columbus woman, lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole on Bethel Road in Columbus, Ohio.  It was a busy rush hour and the accident was witnessed by many people.  After 6 months of representation, the prosecution agreed to amend her Ohio DUI charges to a non-moving violation.  Our client already attended and completed a 3 day alcohol education program.  She also entered a plea to "Failure to Control" and received 2 points on her driving record.  She received non-reporting probation, a $300 fine, and no license suspension.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-23-07: Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation -- our client, a 24 year old student, was arrested for DUI in Ohio.  She did remarkably well on her field sobriety tests despite blowing 30% over Ohio's legal limit (her breath test result was .112%).  On the day of the pre-trial suppression hearing, the State agreed to dismiss the Ohio DUI breath test charge and amend the remaining Ohio DUI charge to a non-moving violation.  She received a $250 fine, no probation, no license suspension, and no points on her driving record. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

02-23-07: Columbus Ohio DUI -- Mandatory 20 Days in Jail - DUI Charge Dismissed -- our client, a 28 year old Columbus Ohio man charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI (2nd Offense) after failing field sobriety tests and refusing a breath test.  The prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge requiring 20 consecutive days in jail in exchange for our client entering a plea to Ohio DUI.  Our client will receive a suspended jail sentence and no yellow license plates when he is sentenced later this spring. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-21-07: 5th Offense Ohio DUI Client Facing 6 Months in Jail Receives 10 Days in Jail - our client, a 60 year old professor, was charged with his 5th lifetime DUI in Ohio.  Our client suffers from multiple pre-existing physical conditions which absolutely interfere with an officer's determination as to whether or not he was impaired.  He has vertigo, walks with a cane, and suffers from acid reflux disease which could contaminate a breath sample.  After 9 months of litigation and pre-trial evidentiary hearings, the State agreed to recommend just 10 days in jail and a 1 year license suspension.  Our client was facing 6 months in jail and a 5 year license suspension.  The risks of trial significantly outweighed the benefits in light of this plea offer.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

02-21-07: Client Arrested for Ohio DUI 2 times in 2 Months --  our client, a 23 year Columbus man, was charged with Ohio DUI in October 2006 and then again in December 2006.  His second Ohio DUI arrest happened just 9 hours before he was scheduled to appear in court on his first Ohio DUI case.  Our client's cases were consolidated.  He received a favorable sentence from the judge partly due to his willingness to get help for his drinking.  Our client was sentenced to a weekend in jail, a 6 month license suspension with work driving privileges, no yellow plates, a 3 day alcohol education program, $600 fine, and 2 years non-reporting probation.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Tod Brininger).  

02-20-07: Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI Charges Reduced by Prosecution -- our client, a 36 year old Reynoldsburg man, was arrested for Ohio DUI.  He had a prior Ohio DUI conviction and was facing mandatory jail and yellow plates.  After 3 months of representation and based upon serious problems with the State's evidence against him, the prosecutor agreed to amend the Ohio DUI charges to Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.  His 1 year "Refusal" suspension was terminated.  He was fined just $250.  He received basic probation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-20-07: California Resident's Mandatory 10 Days in Jail Dismissed -- our client, a 31 year old woman from L.A., was charged with 2d offense DUI in Ohio.  She tested 64% over Ohio's legal limit.  After approximately 4 months of representation, the State agreed to stipulate that our client could be sentenced as a 1st offender under Ohio's DUI laws.  She received no jail, a 3 day alcohol education program, and a $300 fine.  Her privilege to drive in Ohio was suspended for the minimum period of 6 months.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel and Tod Brininger)

02-20-07: Columbus Woman Avoids Mandatory Jail Sentence -- our client, a 27 year old woman, was facing mandatory 3 days in the Franklin County (Ohio) Jail and yellow Ohio DUI license plates.  As a result of her test being just 5% over the .170% cutoff for mandatory jail, the State agreed to a quick settlement.  The State dismissed the breath test charge and allowed our client to enter a plea to the underlying, lesser Ohio DUI charge. She received a 3 day program, a $250 fine, and a 6 month license suspension.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Steve Fox)

02/15/07: 10 Days in Jail and Mandatory Yellow Plates Averted -- our client, a 26 year old Grove City man, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after rear-ending another vehicle.  Due to our client's prior Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI conviction, he was charged with 2d offense Ohio DUI with a mandatory minimum 10 days in jail.  He elected to sumbit a breath sample and tested just 8% over the legal limit.  In light of certain evidentiary issues, the State agreed to recommend straight first offense Ohio DUI penalties which our client accepted.  He received a suspended jail sentence and minimum first offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI penalties (3 day alcohol education program, 6 month Ohio license suspension with work privileges, $300 fine, and 2 years basic probation).  This defense lasted nearly 3 months.  T(Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

02-09-07: High Breath Test Charge Dismissed, No Jail, No Yellow Plates -- our client, a 34 year old executive with a Fortune 500 company, was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after failing field sobriety tests and testing over .200% by breath.  After 3 1/2 months of representation, the State agreed to dismiss the breath test charge in exchange for securing our client's plea to the lesser Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charge.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

02-09-07: Ohio DUI Charge Carrying Mandatory Jail Sentence Dropped by State - our cilent, a 38 year old married father of 3, was arrested for Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after wrecking his vehicle in a ditch.  He was leaving a Halloween party, got lost in a rural area, and slid off the road.  Due to the inoperability of his vehicle and inability to tell anyone where he was, he drank beer that he had taken to the party.  After nearly 5 hours, a deputy spotted his vehicle, determined our client was impaired, and arrested him.  He tested nearly 3 times the legal limit.  With a prior DUI he was facing 20 days in jail and yellow plates.  Due to this unique evidentiary issue of drinking after wrecking and the absence of sufficient proof of what time our client did, in fact, drive his vehicle, the State was forced to drop the breath test charge.  As a result, our client agreed to enter a plea to Ohio DUI and received a suspended jail sentence and other minimum penalties. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

02/09/07: College Sophomore's Ohio DUI Charges Quickly Reduced -- our client, a 19 year old Pennsylvania college student, was accused of Ohio DUI after allegedly performing poorly on field sobriety tests.  Despite being 19 years old, the State was willing to acknowledge that the evidence against our client was not compelling, consistent, nor unassailable.  After less than 60 days of representation, the charges of Ohio DUI were amended to reckless operation of a motor vehicle.  Our client was fined $200 and agreed to do a 3 day alcohol education program as part of the deal. (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox).

02/08/07:  Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Reckless Operation-- our client, a 43 year old Dublin man and father of two, was arrested for Ohio DUI after submitting to field sobriety tests. Our client, an independent construction consultant who travels weekly, was concerned about the impact a DUI conviction would have on his career and professional mobility.  Our investigation concluded that our client consumed a safe amount of alcohol over a safe period of time.  His field test performance was above average.  He elected not to give a breath sample to the police based upon "advice he'd heard from lawyer friends".  The State amended his Ohio DUI charges to reckless operation after just 60 days of representation.  (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Tod Brininger)

02-07-07:  CDL Client Avoids Ohio DUI Conviction with .154% Breath Test -- our client, a 44 year old man, husband, father of two, and primary household income earner was charged with Ohio DUI after striking a parked car in August 2006.  He voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests on the scene and performed as best he could under the circumstances.  The officers were not satisfied with his performance on the one leg stand or walk an imaginary line.  He was arrested him, cuffed, and put in the back of the cruiser.  At the station and despite already being charged with Ohio DUI, our client voluntarily submitted a breath test in the hopes it would exonerate him. Neither the officers nor our client understood the detrimental impact his acid reflux would have on the breath test.  Our client tested nearly twice the legal limit probably due to the acid reflux.  Eventually, the State agreed to amend his Ohio DUI charge to a non-moving violation. Our client paid a fine and did a 3 day program.  He did not get any points on his driving record.  His CDL was preserved and his career was protected.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox & Brad Koffel)

02/05/07 -- Cocaine Arrests Within 2 Weeks of Each Other -- our cilent, a 29 year old Westerville man, was arrested twice in 9 days on possession of cocaine charges.  Both times he was on the same highway, speeding, and the same officer arrested him.  Our client gave consent to search his vehicle both times.  After 7 months of representation, we negotiated a plea with the State wherein our client received a suspended prison sentence, 2 years of community control (probation), $300 fine, and a mandatory minimum license suspension of 6 months.  He also received standard probation conditions.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/30/07 -- Miltary Pilot's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation Based upon Poor Evidence in Case -- our client, a 20+ year veteran military pilot and pilot for a private jet company, was accused of Ohio DUI.  His allegations were based upon roadside field sobriety tests captured on a police in-cruiser camera.  After requesting the arrest video, police reports, and interviewing the arresting officer, the evidence in the State's case was hardly compelling, consistent, or unassailable.  Just 2 days before a scheduled trial, a settlement between the parties was reached which protects our client's career and reputation without exposing him to the uncertainties of trial.  His defense lasted 5 months.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/26/07 -- Client's Career as an Officer in the Marine Corps Preserved -- our client, a 20 year old Wittenberg student pursuing "OCS" (Officer Candidate School) for the Marines was charged with Ohio DUI, Falsification (after he presented his fake ID), and underaged drinking.  Our client tested .155% by breath.  After filing pre-trial challenges to the State's case and breath test, the case was set for a hearing on the admissibility of the breath sample.  As a result of some evidentiary problems for the State, the prosecutor offered to drop the Ohio DUI charge to reckless operation.  He paid a $300 fine on that charge and a $100 fine for the Fake ID charge.  Since he is an Illinois resident, the judge agreed to place him on non-reporting probation.  His privileges to drive in Ohio were suspended for one year back the date of arrest.  He must complete a 3 day alcohol education program as well.  Had he been convicted of DUI in Ohio, he may have been prohibited from entering Officer Candidate School.  His defense took nearly 6 months.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/22/07 -- Ohio DUI 2d Offense - Case Dismissed -- our client, a 24 year old Delaware resident, was charged with his 2d offense Ohio DUI.  Our client was facing a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail, up to 5 year license suspension, yellow license plates, and loss of his vehicle for 3 months.  On the day of the suppression hearing, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the DUI case as a result of insufficient evidence that our client was impaired.  Unfortunately, the day after our client was arrested, his employer fired him as a result of this DUI arrest.  His defense lasted approximately 3 months.   (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger). 

01/22/07 -- 20 Days in Jail  and Ohio DUI Avoided  -- our client, a 24 year old Pataskala man, was charged with a 2d Offense Ohio DUI which carries a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail plus a license suspension up to 5 years, and yellow license plates.  He performed reasonably well on the field sobriety tests.  As a result of a lack of compelling evidence, the prosecutor agreed to amend the Ohio DUI charge to a non-moving violation, no points, no jail, and a $300 fine.  Our client will attend a 3 day alcohol program while he is on probation for one year.  His defense lasted 3 months.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/18/07 -- 10 Day Jail Term Reversed - Client Avoids Jail -- a 33 year old Powell woman was charged with a 2d Offense Ohio DUI in the Spring of 2006.  Her  first lawyer advised her to plead guilty to the Ohio DUI which she did.  She was ordered to serve 10 days in the Franklin County Jail, a 1 year license suspension with yellow plates, fines, and probation.  Desperate, the woman then retained our firm to represent her in an effort to reverse out her conviction, jail term, and yellow license plates.  Just days before she was scheduled to go to jail, a judge granted our request to re-open her case.  7 months later, we re-negotiated her penalties as follows: no jail, no yellow license plates, 20 hours of community service, $350 fine, and her license suspension was shortened by 25%.  Her defense took nearly 7 months.  ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox & Attorney Brad Koffel)

01/17/07 -- Commercial Driver's License ("CDL") Saved from DUI -- our client, a 40 year old Upper Arlington resident, was charged with Ohio DUI after failing field sobriety tests. He was transported to the police station for a breath test which resulted in a .190% breath test which is a mandatory 3 day jail sentence, mandatory 6 months license suspension with yellow license plates under current Ohio DUI law.  More critically, our client's career would be terminated if he was convicted of DUI since he holds a CDL.   Equally difficult, if he received  ANY license suspension for this arrest, he would not be eligible for driving privileges under Ohio's CDL / DUI laws.  He is a married man with 2 children.  After 5 months of representation, the case was settled.  Our client's Ohio DUI charges were dropped to a non-moving violation, no points on his driving record, no jail, a small fine, and no yellow license plates.  Also, he did not receive a license suspension.  He agreed to do a 3 day alcohol education program.  He was placed on 2 years non-reporting probation.  Today, he is extremely grateful for the tremendous second chance he has been given.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/17/07 -- 5th Arrest for Ohio DUI Amended to Non-Moving Violation by the Prosecutor  - -  our client, a 48 year old Columbus man, was  charged with Ohio DUI for the 5th time.  After 6 months of representation, the prosecutor agreed that the evidence against our client was weak and that he was probably arrested based upon his driving record more so than any evidence of impairment.  Our client was still on probation for his last DUI arrest when he was charged with this one.  Case settled with a $150 fine, no additional license suspension, and 3 weekeds in jail for driving under suspension. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Attorney Steve Fox).

01/16/07 -- Ohio DUI Arrest Dropped to Reckless Operation, Fine Only -- our client, a 51 year old CEO of a large corporation, was arrested for Ohio DUI after hosting a party at his home.  One of his guests left his home and had car trouble.  Our client left his home to assist her.  He was stopped by the police after he made a U-turn.  He performed field sobritety tests and refused a breath test at the police station.  Several plea offers by the prosecution were refused prior to settling on the day of trial for a fine only, no probation, and no 3 day program.  ( Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Attorney Steve Fox).

01/16/2007 -- Aspiring Teacher's Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Lesser Traffic Offense - our client, a 35 year old research assistant and aspiring teacher, was charged with Ohio DUI / OVI after being stopped for having no license plate light.  He performed reasonably well on the field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample when the arresting officer could not tell our client when the last time the breath test machine had been calibrated.  Also, our client suffers from acid reflux which could cause a falsely elevated breath alcohol result.  Also, the State ran into evidence problems when our request for the video tape of our client's arrest was not timely honored.  Client agreed to plead to reckless operation and a fine. As a condition of non-reporting probation, he agreed to sit for an alcohol assessment. ( Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel & Attorney Steve Fox)

01/16/07 -- Mandatory Jail and Yellow License Plates Dropped by State - our client, a 32 year old Galloway man, was charged with Ohio DUI.  He was on his way home after meeting some friends.  He was changing CD's in his car's stereo and his attention was diverted just long enough to run into the rear of another car.  There were no injuries and minor damage.  He waited at the scene for law enforcement to arrive.  He was very polite and cooperative with the officers and agreed to submit to field sobriety tests despite his tremendous anxiety of just being in an accident.  He was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI.  He gave a breath sample which resulted in an erroneous reading (invalid sample).  His second breath test was over twice the legal limit.  His case was quickly resolved with the State dismissing the breath test charge which resulted in our client avoiding jail and yellow license plates.  He was fined and given a mandatory minimum sentence.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/16/07 -- Mandatory 10 Days in Jail for 2d Offense Ohio DUI Avoided - our client, a 25 year old Westerville man, was charged with a DUI 2d offense after testing 48% over Ohio's DUI legal limit.  After 4 months of representation, the prosecution agreed to stipulate a first offense Ohio DUI thereby eliminating the mandatory 10 days in jail and yellow license plates.  ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger) 

01/11/07 -- Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation with No License Suspension --- our client, a 60 year old advertising agency executive,  was charged with Ohio DUI after a business meeting / dinner.  After 4 months of representation, the prosecutor agreed to terminate his license suspension (ALS) and reduce his Ohio DUI down to a non-moving violation carrying no points on his BMV record.  Client agreed to complete a 3 day alcohol program and pay a small fine.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox & Attorney Brad Koffel)

01/10/07 -- Client Avoids Indictment for Ohio Drug Trafficking --  our client, a local college freshman, was being investigated for Drug Trafficking.  Under Ohio law it is a felony to "give" a prescription drug to another.  Prosecutor agreed that the totality of the circumstances did not justify indictment of the client.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

01/10/07 -- .185% Breath Test Charge Ohio DUI Dropped to Reckless Operation - our client, a 23 year old Dublin man, was accused of Ohio DUI after failing field sobriety tests and testing .185% by breath at the police station.  Major breath test issues surfaced during our investigation.  The breath test was dismissed and the State agreed to amend the remaining Ohio DUI charge to reckless operation.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/10/07 -- Ohio DUI Reduced to Lesser Traffic Offense - our client, a 21 year old Columbus man, was charged with Ohio DUI after failing field tests.  He tried to provide a urine sample but suffers from a documented medical condition that impedes his ability to urinate while under stress.  'After 7 months of representation, the Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI charges were dropped down to a lesser traffic offense (reckless operation).  Client's 1 year Refusal ALS Suspension was terminated.  Client will pay  a fine and sit for an alcohol risk assessment.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/05/07 -- 4th Offense Ohio DUI Breath Test Case Dropped to Reckless Operation -- our client, a 50 year old Mt. Vernon resident, was arrested for  his 4th offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after wrecking his car.  Due to major problems with our client's breath test result, the State was forced to offer a substantial reduction in charges and sentencing.  Our client  pled guilty to Reckless Operation and received a $250 fine, no jail, and 5 years of probation. (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/04/07 -- Ohio DUI Charges Dropped to Non-Moving Violation - our client, 18, was stopped for weaving.  He performed well on the field sobriety tests; however, he tested .110% (his legal limit is .020%).  Client entered a plea to a non-moving violation, no points on his record, a 6 week license suspension, and a $200 fine.  He will be on probation until he turns 21.  (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel)

01/04/07 - National Sales Rep Avoids Ohio DUI Conviction & Job Loss - our client, 46, was driving his company car when stopped by the Ohio State Patrol for going left of center.  He was charged with Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI after failing field sobriety tests.  Our client tested over Ohio's breath test legal limit.  He was  told that he would have to resign his job or be terminated if he was convicted of DUI due to corporate regulations.  After 6 months of representation, the State agreed to amend his Ohio DUI to a non-moving violation which carries no points on his driving record.  Our client agreed to do a 3 day alcohol education program.  He was fined $250 and received 2 years of non-reporting, basic probation.  The trial judge was reluctant to approve this disposition; however, it was an appropriate and fair resolution given our client's excellent driving record and some issues with the State's case.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/03/07 - Pharmaceutical Sales Rep's 2d Offense Ohio DUI Amended to Reckless Operation - Job Saved --  our client, a 40 year old pharmaceutical sales rep for a Fortune 100 Company would lose his job if convicted of Ohio DUI.  He was arrested for Ohio DUI after his vehicle was observed driving the wrong way on Bethel Road in Columbus.  The officer briefly lost site of the vehicle.  Once the officer located the vehicle, the occupants were out of the vehicle.  Due to the inability to prove who was driving, the State offered a reckless operation to our client, the vehicle owner, if he agreed to being the driver.  ( Represented by Attorney Steve Fox and Brad Koffel)

01/03/07 Mandatory Jail Avoided -- Ohio Driving Under Suspension Client Gets Favorable Plea Bargain - client charged with his 3rd Driving Under Suspension which carries jail up to 6 months, fines up to $1,000, 6 points, and loss of his vehicle.  Case plea bargained to "No Ops", no jail, no points, no immobilization of vehicle, and a $100 fine.  (Represented by Attorney Steve Fox)

01/03/07 - Felony Fleeing and Prison Charges Dropped & No Jail on 3rd Offense Ohio DUI / Ohio OVI - our client, a 27 year old Columbus man, was led police on a chase through Columbus suburb at 8:00 a.m. Client ran multiple stop signs and red lights to avoid the police.  He eventually jumped from his vehicle and ran through some backyards. He was eventually caught and charged with 3rd degree felony fleeing which carries 1-5 years in prison.  Client was also charged with DUI, his 3rd.  After a full investigation into charges, the felony flee was amended to Fail to Yield to a Public Safety Vehicle. Client agreed to enter a plea to DUI with minimum first offense  penalties. Client received no jail, fines, a 1 year license suspension, 3 years probation, and strict alcohol-free probation. (Represented by Attorneys Brad Koffel & Steve Fox)

01/03/07 - Ohio DUI Case Dismissed and Ohio ALS (License Suspension) Terminated - our client, a 43 year old Delaware, Ohio man was charged with Ohio DUI by the Ohio State Patrol.  Client, a sales rep for a Fortune 500 company, would lose his job if he got convicted of DUI since he must drive a company car.  After thoroughly investigating his case, all charges were dismissed by the prosecution.  Client agreed to pay $50 in court costs.  (Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

01/03/07 - 50% Reduction in Mandatory Jail - our client, a 25 year old Columbus man, was charged with his 2d offense Ohio DUI after testing triple the legal limit.  He was facing a mandatory minimum 20 days in jail up to 6 months and up to a 5 year license suspension.  After 4 months of representation, client received 10 days in jail, a 1 year license suspension, 2 years non-reporting probation, $350 fine, and an alcohol assessment.  ( Represented by Attorney Tod Brininger)

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