Columbus Criminal & Traffic Defense


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Our award-winning Columbus criminal attorneys focus their practice on the defense of DUI
, criminal misdemeanor, and traffic charges.  Their reputation in Columbus continues to grow.  For example, Attorney Douglas Riddell has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by Columbus CEO Magazine, has been awarded an AV Preeminent® rating from his peers on Martindale-Hubbell and was listed in 2014 as a Rising Star among Ohio lawyers by OhioSuperLawyers Magazine.

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Focus on DUI & Criminal Misdemeanor Defense

Focusing on misdemeanor charges gives our attorneys the opportunity to know and understand the local municipal and mayor's courts inside and out.  Focusing our practice has given us the opportunity to gain extensive experience in the areas of Ohio DUI (called "OVI" in Ohio), traffic and Ohio criminal misdemeanor defense.

If you have been charged with a DUI (OVI), criminal misdemeanor or traffic citation in the Greater Columbus area, call our Columbus DUI defense attorneys to get advice about your charge.  At your initial consultation, you will meet with one of our Columbus DUI attorneys about your case.  At that meeting, we will review the facts of your case and explore potential defenses.  

Your initial consultation is free -- you do not pay anything until you decide to hire us as your attorney.  If you do decide to hire us as your attorney, we offer flat fee pricing so that you know all of the costs up front.  

Call (614) 361-2804 to speak with one of our Columbus DUI attorneys today. 

Columbus Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our team of experienced Columbus DUI lawyers are devoted to defending clients charged with DUI (OVI), criminal misdemeanor and traffic violations.

Our attorneys focus on the lesser criminal offenses.  After all, we understand that even a low level misdemeanor charge could potentially affect your chances in this competitive job market.  Attorney Douglas Riddell and Attorney Bridget Purdue Riddell work diligently to protect and minimize our client's criminal and traffic records.  

What is a misdemeanor?

Minor Misdemeanor

Examples of crimes usually charged as minor misdemeanors in Ohio include: marijuana possession (under 100g) and certain traffic violations (e.g. speeding or failure to maintain control).   The maximum penalty for a minor misdemeanor is a $150 fine.

Fourth Degree Misdemeanor

Examples of crimes usually charged as fourth degree misdemeanors include: criminal trespass, domestic violence, hazing, marijuana possession (between 100g - 200g) and menacing.  The maximum penalty for a fourth degree misdemeanor is 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Third Degree Misdemeanor

Examples of crimes usually charged as third degree misdemeanors include: criminal mischief and unauthorized use of property (valued under $1000).  The maximum penalty for a third degree misdemeanor is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. 

Second Degree Misdemeanor

Examples of crimes usually charged as second degree misdemeanors include: criminadamaging or endangering, obstruction of official business and resisting arrest.  The maximum penalty for a second degree misdemeanor is 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

First Degree Misdemeanor

Examples of crimes usually charged as first degree misdemeanors include: assault, graffiti, obstruction of justice, passing bad checks, OVI (DUI), petty theft (under $1000), receiving stolen property (less than $1000 value),  unauthorized use of a vehicle, and violation of a temporary protection order.  The maximum penalty for a first degree misdemeanor is 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine.

Columbus DUI & Criminal Misdemeanor Attorneys

Our Columbus DUI attorneys defend clients throughout Columbus and Central Ohio in cases involving DUI, criminal misdemeanor and traffic charges in county and mayor's courts.

Additionally, Columbus DUI Attorney Douglas Riddell represents clients in courts throughout Butler, Champaign, Delaware, Fairfield, FranklinHamilton, Madison, Pickaway, and Warren counties. 

Having handled thousands of drunk driving, traffic, speeding, and criminal defense cases throughout Central Ohio, our attorneys provide a unique mix of experience and personal service.  Our Columbus DUI attorneys will personally evaluate your case and fight for your rights in court.


Riddell Law LLC
1335 Dublin Road
Suite 220a
Columbus, OH 43215

1335 Dublin Road
Suite 220a
Columbus, OH 43215 

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