Douglas Riddell Columbus DUI Attorney


Douglas Riddell founded Riddell Law after practicing for years as a public defender in the Franklin County Municipal Court and as a private criminal defense attorney in small boutique firms in the Columbus area.  

His practice focuses on criminal defense, including defense of DUI/OVI, criminal misdemeanor and traffic charges.  

Doug’s experience includes representing clients in county, municipal and mayor’s courts throughout Ohio facing OVI, traffic, and criminal  charges.   His pragmatic and proactive strategic approach has helped countless clients achieve favorable outcomes in their criminal and traffic cases.  

Doug represents clients facing a wide range of criminal misdemeanor and traffic charges, including DUI / OVIspeeding tickets, traffic violationsunderage drinking, domestic violenceresisting arrest, reckless driving, theftcriminal damaging, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, drug crimes, drug paraphernalia, fraud, juvenile crimes, hit skip, probation violation, and vandalism, among other charges.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Certified in the Approved Curriculum for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  This is the same training required of police officers to conduct roadside field sobriety testing. 
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.   The AV Preeminent® Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Mr. Riddell has been rated by judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards.   This “is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
  • Listed, Ohio Rising Star, SuperLawyers Magazine 2014.  Doug was chosen as one of only four Ohio Rising Stars in the area of Criminal Defense: DUI for 2014.  Ohio Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  The Rising Stars list consists of selected attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
  • Listed, Ohio Rising Star, SuperLawyers Magazine 2015.  Doug was recently named again to the list of Ohio Rising Stars by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2015.  The official SuperLawyers list will be published in December of 2014. 
  • Rated 10.0/10.o on  Mr. Riddell has received the highest possible rating by   To determine their ratings, Avvo evaluates a lawyer’s background.  The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer’s profile, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.
  •  Client Distinction Award, LexisNexis / Martindale-Hubbell.  Less than 1% of the 900,000 attorneys listed on and have been awarded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.  This honor is awarded based upon client nominations and ratings in the following areas: 

     Communications Ability
    ✓ Quality of Service
     Value for Money

Examples of Doug’s Experience

Practicing DUI defense in Columbus over the past 10 years, Doug has handled a wide variety of DUI / OVI cases.  Examples include:

  • Underage OVI (OMVUAC) charges
  • First offense DUI / OVI charges
  • Clients facing a second or third OVI charge
  • Combined OVI and hit and run (hit skip) charges
  • OVI charges for CDL holders
  • Clients facing OVI charges in Ohio who live out of state
  • Clients who “failed” the field sobriety tests
  • Clients who tested below the legal limit (below .08)
  • Clients who had a BAC at or above the legal limit (.08 or above)
  • Clients who blew twice or three times the legal limit
  • OVI charges in which empty alcohol bottles were found in the car
  • OVI charges involving prescription drugs (e.g. Xanax, Oxycontin)
  • OVI charges where marijuana was found in the car or on the client’s person
  • OVI charges involving alleged impairment by marijuana or other drugs
  • OVI charges where client refused breath, urine or blood tests  and/or refused field sobriety tests
  • Clients with suspended licenses charged with both OVI and driving under suspension

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio


Speaking Engagements

  • OVI/DUI Law, Second Chance Counseling Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Crossroads Recovery Services Driver Intervention Program


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science, 2002
  • University of Cincinnati, J.D., 2005

Contact Doug Riddell

Doug can be reached at:


Phone:  (614) 361-2804