2008-Recent Case Results

DISCLAIMER: The results achieved in past criminal defense cases and drunk driving defense cases is not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved in your case because the facts of every case are unique.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 29, 2008

Student’s Charge of Hit-Skip Dismissed. My client, a college student, was charged with Hit-Skip and Failure To Control in the Westerville Mayor’s Court. The prosecutor dismissed the charge of Hit-Skip, my client pled guilty to the charge of Failure To Control, and my client was ordered to pay a $50 fine.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 8, 2008

IT Worker’s Hit-Skip Charge Reduced. My client, an IT worker, was charged with Hit Skip and Traffic Control Device in the Franklin County Municipal Court.. The charge of Traffic Control Device was dismissed, and the charge of Hit-Skip was reduced to a charge of Reckless Operation.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24, 2008

College Student’s Alcohol Charge Reduced. My client, a student at The Ohio State University, was charged with Underage Alcohol Consumption in the Franklin County Municipal Court. The charge was reduced to a minor misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct charge, and my client was ordered to pay the court costs.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17, 2008

Business Owner’s Shoplifting Charge Reduced. My client, owner of a business with two locations in Columbus, Ohio, was charged with shoplifting. The charge was reduced to a lesser offense, and my client paid a small fine.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10, 2008

Sixth O.V.I. Charge Resolved Favorably. My client was charged with O.V.I. in the Mt. Vernon Municipal Court. He had four prior O.V.I. convictions, another O.V.I. charge pending, and this case. He ultimately was sentenced to serve no additional jail time and instead was ordered to pay a fine and placed on probation.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3, 2008

O.V.I. From Accident Reduced. My client, from Westerville, was involved in a serious one-car accident and charged with O.V.I. and Failure To Control. The charge of Failure To Control was dismissed, and the charge of O.V.I. was reduced to a charge of Reckless Operation, for which my client paid a $100 fine.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 27, 2008

O.V.I. Charges Dismissed. My client, a social worker, was charged with two counts of O.V.I., Seatbelt, and Following Too Close. Both charges of O.V.I. were dismissed, as well as the charge of Seatbelt, and my client pled guilty to the charge of Following Too Close.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2008

Underage Consumption Charge Dismissed. My client, an O.S.U. student, was charged with Underage Alcohol Consumption. He completed an alcohol education program, and the case was completely dismissed.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 2008

Hit Skip Charge Dismissed. My client, a student from Hilliard, was charged with Hit Skip and failure to Control. The charge of Hit-Skip was dismissed, and my client pled guilty to the charge of Failure To Control.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2008

Drag Racing Charge Dismissed. My client, a student from Westerville, was charged with Drag Racing and Speed. The charge of Drag Racing was dismissed, and my client pled guilty to the charge of Speed.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2008

College Student’s Game-Day Charges Dismissed. My client, a student at O.S.U., was charged with Underage Alcohol Consumption, Falsification, and Fake Identification. The charges of Falsification and Fake Identification were dismissed, and my client paid a fine of $100 for the charge of Underage Alcohol Consumption.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2008

High-Test O.V.I. Amended And Drug Charge Dismissed. My client was charged with Turn Signal, two counts of O.V.I., and one count of marijuana possession in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court. The charges of Marijuana Possession, Turn Signal, and High-Test O.V.I. were dismissed, so my client avoided a drug conviction, jail time, and yellow license plates.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2008

Second O.V.I. Amended To Non-Moving Violation. My client, from Powell, Ohio, was charged with Marked Lanes, Speed, and O.V.I. The O.V.I. was a second O.V.I. offense within six years. The prosecutor dismissed the charges of Speed and Marked Lanes, and the prosecutor amended the charge of O.V.I. to a non-moving violation.

WEEK OF AUGUST 25, 2008

Recent Graduate Avoids O.V.I. Conviction. My client, a recent college graduate, was charged with Speed and two counts of O.V.I. The charge of Speed and one charge of O.V.I. were dismissed, and the other charge of O.V.I. was amended to a no-points violation.

WEEK OF AUGUST 18, 2008

O.V.I. Charge Amended. My client, a professional from Lewis Center, was charged with Marked Lanes, Speed, and two counts of O.V.I. The charges of Marked Lanes, Speed, and one charge of O.V.I. were dismissed, and the other charge of O.V.I. was amended to a non-moving violation.

WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2008

College Student’s Drug Charge To Be Dismissed. My client was charged with heroine possession. We arranged for an assessment by drug counseling professionals and filed a motion for Intervention In Lieu Of Conviction. The motion was granted. If my client completes his counseling (intervention plan), the case will be completely dismissed.

WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2008

Sales Professional Avoids O.V.I. Conviction. My client worked in sales and was charged with O.V.I. and Failure To Control in the Worthington Mayor’s Court. The prosecutor dismissed the charge of Failure To Control and amended the charge of O.V.I. to a charge of Reckless Operation.

WEEK OF JULY 21, 2008

O.V.I. Charge Reduced. My client, in the United States on a work visa, was charged with O.V.I. after a one-car accident. The O.V.I. can impact one’s immigration status. In the Franklin County Municipal Court, the charge of O.V.I. was amended to a charge of Reckless Operation, and my client pled guilty to that charge.

WEEK OF JULY 7, 2008

Second O.V.I. Charge Amended. My client, a health care professional, was charged with his second O.V.I., an additional charge for Breath Test Refusal With Prior Conviction, and a charge of Open Container. The prosecutor dismissed the charges of Breath Test Refusal With Prior Conviction and Open Container, and the charge of O.V.I. was amended to a non-moving violation. My client pled guilty to the amended charge and paid a $150 fine.

WEEK OF JUNE 30, 2008

O.V.I. Charge Reduced. My client, a student from Dublin, Ohio, was charged with O.V.I. and Speeding. The charge of Speeding was dismissed, the charge of O.V.I. was amended to a no-points traffic offense, and my client pled guilty to that no-points offense.

WEEK OF JUNE 16, 2008

Prison avoided in computer pornography case. My client, from Worthington, Ohio, was charged with 36 counts of pandering obscenity involving minors. After several pretrial motions and a contested motion hearing, the prosecutor dismissed all but three counts and amended the remaining three counts to charges that did not involve minors. My client pled guilty to those remaining three (amended) counts and was ultimately placed on probation with no prison sentence.

WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2008

IT Consultant Avoids O.V.I. Conviction. My client, an IT consultant from out of town, was in Columbus for business. While driving back to his hotel, he was charged with two counts of O.V.I. and one charge of Traffic Control device. The prosecutor dismissed the charge of Traffic Control Device and one of the two charges of O.V.I. The other charge of O.V.I. was amended to a non-moving offense, so my client avoided an O.V.I. on his record.

WEEK OF MAY 26, 2008

Hit-Skip Charge Dismissed. My client from Columbus, Ohio was charged with Hit-Skip and Failure To Control as a result of a one-car accident. The prosecutor dismissed the charge of Hit-Skip, and my client pled guilty to the charge of Failure To Control, avoiding four additional points on his license and a license suspension.

WEEK OF MAY 19, 2008

Nursing Student Avoids Felony Conviction. My client was charged with Burglary and Theft, both felony charges that could affect her eligibility to obtain a nursing license. The charge of Burglary was dismissed, the charge of Theft was reduced to a misdemeanor, and my client was placed on probation with restitution.

WEEK OF MAY 12, 2008

Probation Violation Avoided. While on probation for an OVI conviction, my client was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Littering. A conviction for either offense would be a violation of probation. We resolved the case with a dismissal of the Disorderly Conduct charge, a guilty plea to the Littering charge, and no probation violation.

WEEK OF MAY 5, 2008

Identity Theft Charge Dismissed. My client was charged with identity theft and two counts of forgery, so she was facing up to seven years in prison. She pled guilty to one count of forgery and was placed on probation.

WEEK OF APRIL 21, 2008

Federal Charge Resolved Favorably. My client was facing multiple felony charges in federal court. Following extensive discussions with the prosecuting attorney, he was charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Property and was facing up to ten years in prison but was ordered to serve only three months.

WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2008

Felonious Assault Reduced To Misdemeanor. My client was charged with Felonious Assault and was facing up to eight years in prison. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor Assault, and my client was placed on probation with community service and restitution.

WEEK OF APRIL 7, 2008

OVI Charge Reduced and Drug Charges Dismissed. My client, a student, was originally charged with OVI, Marijuana Possession, Paraphernalia Possession, Failure To Control and O.V.I. The charges of Marijuana Possession, Paraphernalia Possession, and Failure To Control were dismissed. The charge of OVI was amended to Reckless Operation.

WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2008

Factory Worker Avoids Felony Drug Conviction. My client was charged with drug possession and was facing a prison sentence. The judge granted our request for intervention in lieu of conviction, so my client was not convicted of any offense. After she completes her counseling plan, her case will be dismissed.

WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2008

IT Consultant Avoids Felony Drug Conviction. My client was charged with a third degree felony charge of drug possession, requiring mandatory prison time of one to five years. The judge granted our request for intervention in lieu of conviction, so my client was not convicted of any offense. After he completes his counseling plan, his case will be dismissed.

WEEK OF MARCH 10, 2008

Charge Of High-Test OVI Dismissed. My client, a young professional, was charged in the Gahanna Mayor’s Court with high-test OVI and impaired OVI. The charge of high-test O.V.I. was dismissed, so my client did not have to serve any time in jail and was not required to have yellow license plates, both of which are required for high-test OVI convictions

WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2008

Hit-Skip Charge Reduced. My client was originally charged with Hit-Skip and Assured Clear Distance Ahead, so he was facing a driver’s license suspension, six points on his license, and possible jail time. The charge of Assured Clear Distance Ahead was dismissed, and the charge of Hit-Skip was amended to a lesser charge. My client pled guilty to the lesser charge and was ordered to pay a fine.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2008

Charge of Driving Under Suspension Reduced. My client was charged with Driving Under Suspension, so she was facing a driver’s license suspension, six points on her license, and possible jail time. She pled guilty to an amended charge of No Operator’s License and was ordered to pay a fine.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2008

Arrest warrant lifted. My client, before hiring me, pled guilty to an OVI. Because she failed to complete court orders, a warrant was issued for her arrest in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court. We got the arrest warrant lifted, she completed the court orders, and she did not have to serve any jail time.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4, 2008

Probation Terminated. Before hiring me, my client was placed on probation for an alcohol offense. She was summoned to court for violating her probation. She hired me, and we provided the judge with a legal reason why probation should be terminated. The judge held a hearing and agreed with our argument, so my client was not found to be in violation of her probation, and the probation was terminated.

WEEK OF JANUARY 28, 2008

Third OVI Charge (High-Test) Reduced. My client was charged in the Franklin County Municipal Court with a high-test OVI, and he had two prior OVI convictions. The OVI charge was amended to a second offense low-test OVI, so my client’s jail sentence was reduced, and he avoided the mandatory forfeiture of his car.

WEEK OF JANUARY 21, 2008

Student’s Charge of Assault Reduced. My client, a college student, was originally charged with Assault. The prosecutor amended the charge to a charge of Disorderly Conduct. My client was ordered to pay a fine and complete community service rather than serve a jail sentence.

WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2008

Dental Student’s Charge of Assault Expunged. My client, a dental student, was charged with Assault. He pled guilty to an amended charge of disorderly conduct, and the conviction was expunged, so he has no criminal record.

WEEK OF JANUARY 7, 2008

Juvenile’s Charges of Receiving Stolen Property Dismissed. My client was charged with three counts of Receiving Stolen Property in the Franklin County Juvenile Court. The prosecutor dismissed two of the charges, and my client admitted to the third charge. After my client completed counseling and community service, the third charge was also dismissed.