Columbus Criminal, OVI & Traffic Defense



Our Columbus criminal attorneys focus their practice on the defense of DUI (OVI), criminal misdemeanor, and traffic charges.   

Their reputation in Columbus continues to grow.  Attorney Douglas Riddell has been recognized as:

A "Top Lawyer" by Columbus CEO Magazine

Awarded an AV Preeminent® rating from his peers by Martindale-Hubbell
Listed as Rising Stars in DUI Law by Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine in 2018 
A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau

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We offer same-day appointments we well as appointments on the weekend and after business hours as needed. 

Focus on DUI, Traffic & Criminal Misdemeanor Defense

Focusing on misdemeanor criminal and traffic charges gives our attorneys the opportunity to know and understand the local municipal, environmental and mayors 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 Columbus or Delaware County, 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.  If you do decide to hire our firm 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 DUI, Traffic & Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our team of experienced Columbus criminal defense lawyers are devoted to defending clients charged with DUI (OVI), criminal misdemeanor, hazmat (hazardous materials) and traffic violations.  Attorney Douglas Riddell and Attorney Bridget Purdue Riddell work diligently to protect and minimize the criminal and traffic records of our clients.   

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.

There may be other penalties imposed as well depending on the charge, such as points on your license (for speeding or traffic offenses) or license suspensions (for minor misdemeanor marijuana possession or paraphernalia). 

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: criminal damaging 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

Our Columbus attorneys represent clients facing first degree misdemeanors including: OVI (DUI), transporting hazmat (hazardous materials) inside I-270 (Columbus City Code 2551.06), driving under suspension, hit skip (hit and run), obstruction of justice, passing bad checks, 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

Additionally, Columbus DUI Attorney Douglas Riddell represents clients in courts throughout DelawareFranklin, 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