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Case Results

Below is a list of some of the results we recently obtained for clients charged with OVI, criminal and traffic offenses in Central Ohio.  Please remember that each case is unique and the facts and circumstances of your case may differ from those of the cases from which these results have been drawn.

This is not a comprehensive list of all cases handled by Riddell Law LLC.  The results provided below are not necessarily representative of all clients’ results or of the experience of all clients of Riddell Law.  For example, in some cases, even though we have made our best effort, a favorable result cannot be obtained in the case.  When that happens, we do our best to minimize the punishment imposed by the court.  Each case is different, and every case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.  All cases described below were handled by Attorney Douglas Riddell.

If you have been charged with an OVI, criminal or traffic offense in Columbus, in one of Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts, or in one of the counties surrounding Columbus, call or text us to see if we can give you some advice on your case.  You do not pay anything until you decide to hire us.

OVI Charge Dismissed in Columbus Based on Ohio’s “Move Over” Law.  Our client was stopped on a two lane highway when she allegedly failed to “move over” when she passed a police cruiser in the shoulder.  She submitted to field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .16 BAC. Following a motion hearing, the court found no reasonable suspicion for the stop where it was impossible for her to “move over” and there was no evidence documenting her speed at the time she passed the cruiser.  Without reasonable suspicion for the stop, the OVI (DUI) charge was dismissed. 

OVI Charge Stemming from a DUI Checkpoint Dismissed.  Our client was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Columbus. He submitted to field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath test over the limit.  Following a motion hearing challenging the legality of the checkpoint, the checkpoint was found unconstitutional.  The OVI (DUI) charge was completely dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY DUI Jury Verdict.  Our client was pulled over at 2:44 AM for expired tags. Upon pulling him over, the officer testified that our client’s eyes were glassy and that he smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the car.  Our client submitted to a series of field sobriety tests.  However, the field sobriety tests were conducted out of view of the dash camera.   Our client refused to submit to a breath test.   After a two-day trial, the jury returned a NOT GUILTY verdict on all charges.  

DUI (OVI) Charge Dismissed.  Police received a call reporting an attempted burglary.  An officer spotted our client’s car and pulled him over on suspicion of involvement in the burglary.  Our client was not involved.  There was no traffic violation or any indicia of impaired driving to support the stop. Nonetheless, the officer testified that he observed watery eyes and noticed an odor of alcohol when he approached the car.  Our client failed the field sobriety tests, but refused the breathalyzer test. Following a motion hearing on a motion to suppress, the court found the evidence insufficient to support probable cause for an OVI arrest.  The OVI charge was dismissed.

OVI Charge Dismissed.  Our client was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours.  The officer suspected him of impaired driving and asked him to take field sobriety tests.  He submitted to the field sobriety tests and failed the tests.  He also submitted to a urine test and the result showed a 0.11 BAC.  He retained Riddell Law LLC as his attorney and we began work on the case. Ultimately, due to flaws in the prosecution of the case, all charges were dismissed.

 Failure to Comply Dismissed.  Our client was driving through a construction area where an officer was directing traffic.  After going around a police car that was blocking the road, our client was ultimately charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.  After negotiations with the Columbus prosecutor’s office, all charges were dismissed.

OVI Charge Reduced. Our client was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal.  The client submitted to field sobriety tests and to a urine test and the test results were over the prohibited 0.08 limit for alcohol.   His OVI charge was filed in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court.  The client hired our firm and Attorney Douglas Riddell served as our client’s attorney on the case.  Mr. Riddell met with the client and identified flaws in the prosecutor’s case after reviewing the evidence regarding the field sobriety and urine tests.  Attorney Riddell filed a motion to suppress the evidence against our client and requested a hearing with the arresting officer.  Ultimately, the OVI charge was dismissed and the case was reduced to a no-point, non-moving violation (a physical control charge) against our client.

 OVI Charge Reduced to No Point Offense. Our client was stopped for marked lanes and submitted a .219 chemical breath test result.  He was charged in the Obetz Mayor’s Court.  He is a CDL commercial trucker and faced immediate termination of his employment for these charges. We focused our efforts on challenging the admissibility of the breath alcohol test result. We were able to reinstate his driver’s license right away at the arraignment court date, and the charges were eventually amended to a no-point. nonmoving violation after months of negotiations. He did not receive a license suspension as a result of this settlement, and was able to retain his employment in the trucking industry. 

OVI Charge Dismissed.  Our client tested over the legal limit (0.11). The case was amended to a non-moving violation (a physical control).  Our client’s license suspension was terminated.  

OVI Charge Reduced.  For our client, a sales professional, having an OVI on his record could mean losing his job.  With those high stakes at issue, our client was charged with OVI in the Gahanna Mayor’s Court.  Although he submitted to a breathalyzer test that produced a result over the legal limit, Attorney Douglas Riddell was able to negotiate a settlement under which the charge was amended to a reckless operation charge with no further suspension of our client’s license.

 Hit Skip Charge Reduced.  Our client was charged in Columbus with a hit skip (hit and run) carrying a mandatory six month license suspension and potential jail time.  Attorney Douglas Riddell was able to negotiate a settlement under which the charge was amended to a reckless operation charge with no jail time and no suspension of our client’s license

OVI Charge Reduced.  Our client was stopped for a a marked lanes violation by a Westerville police officer and was subsequently charged with an OVI.  The client submitted to a breath test, which demonstrated a result over the legal limit.  The OVI charge was brought in the Westerville Mayor’s Court.   After negotiation, the OVI charge was dismissed and the charge was reduced to a reckless operation charge.

OVI Charge Reduced. Our client was involved in a traffic accident in Dublin.  After the police arrived, the client was charged with an OVI.  The client submitted to a breach test, which showed a result over the legal limit.  After negotiations, the OVI charge was dismissed and the charge was reduced to a reckless operation, a non-OVI offense.  The client was able to obtain driving privileges so that he could travel to and from work.

OVI Charge Reduced.  Our client was pulled over for speeding.  After discussions with the officer, the client was charged with an OVI.  The client refused a breath alcohol test.  The OVI charge was brought in the Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court.  Following negotiations, the charge was reduced to a reckless operation charge, a non-OVI offense.

OVI Charge Reduced.  Our client was charged with an OVI in the Mason Municipal Court.  After negotiation with the Prosecutor’s office, we were able to obtain a reduction of the charge to a reckless driving offense. 

 OVI Charge Reduced.  Our client was driving home from a night out with friends when she was pulled over for speeding and driving left of center in Pickerington.  She admitted to the officer that she had a mixed drink and a shot when asked.   She failed the field sobriety tests and failed a breathalyzer test.  We were able to obtain driving privileges for her while the case was pending so that her employment was not affected.  After negotiations with the prosecutor’s office, we were able to get the case reduced to a physical control – a non-moving violation carrying zero points. 

Underage Drinking Charge Reduced.  Our client was charged with underage drinking after attending a party with friends.   We were able to negotiate an agreement with the Prosecutor’s office in which all charges were dismissed after our client completed an underage drinking awareness class.

Theft Charge Dismissed.  Our client was charged with theft after being accused of stealing clothing items at a large department store.  After negotiations with the Prosecutor’s office, we were able to obtain a dismissal of all charges following our client’s completion of an anti-theft class. 

College Student’s Theft Charges Dismissed.  Our client is a local college student and was charged with theft from a major grocery chain.  The client followed our advice to be proactive in the case, and the charges brought in the Franklin County Municipal Court were dismissed.

Speeding Ticket Reduced to No Point Offense.  Our client, a commercial truck driver, was charged with 2 point speeding offense in Circleville, Ohio.  After reviewing the facts of the case and negotiating with the prosecutor, the client’s case was amended from a two point speeding offense to a no point offense in the Circleville Municipal Court.

Speeding Ticket Dismissed.  Our client was caught speeding on I-70 West, at a rate of 79 mph on a 65 mph zone.   He missed his court date in the Franklin County Municipal Court and called our office soon after realizing he had missed the date.  We were able to ultimately obtain a complete dismissal of all charges.  

Speeding Ticket Reduced to No Point Offense.speeding case – Our client was a professional truck driver charged speeding 55 mph in a 35mph zone. Through negotiations, the charge was amended to a no-point equipment muffler violation in the Obetz Mayor’s Court. Our client will be able to retain his employment and keep a clean driving record going forward. 

Speeding Ticket Dismissed.  Our client, a salesman, drives for a living, which means that his driving record could affect his livelihood.  The client allegedly drove through red light in Gahanna and was cited for a two point red light violation.  The case was filed in the Gahanna Mayor’s Court.  After reviewing the case and negotiating with the prosecutor, the case was dismissed through a negotiated settlement.

Speeding Ticket Dismissed. Our client received his first speeding ticket detected with laser going 80MPH in the 65MPH on I-270 near Easton and Morse Rd.  The ticket also noted “unsafe conditions” based on icy pavement and night visibility.  Following negotiations with the Columbus City prosecutor’s office, all charges were dismissed after our client completed an online driver safety course.

Failure to Stop for a School Bus Dismissed.  Our client charged with failure to stop for a school bus in Columbus.   The case was brought in the Franklin County Municipal Court.  Failure to stop for a school bus is a four point traffic offense in Ohio, carrying possible jail time and a license suspension.  After negotiations and scheduling a motion hearing regarding the validity of the charges against our client, all charges were dismissed.

Driving Under Suspension Charge Dismissed. Our client was charged with driving under suspension in the Westerville Mayor’s Court.  After extensive settlement negotiations, our client’s driving under suspension charge was dismissed to preserve her employment and avoid any further consequences to her Ohio license.

Speeding in a Construction Zone Charges Dismissed. Our client is an Upper Arlington resident who was charged with speeding in a construction zone in Upper Arlington.  After negotiations, the case was ultimately dismissed against our client in the Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court.

Hit Skip Charges Reduced. Our client is a Columbus resident who was charged a hit skip in the Franklin County Municipal Court.  After negotiations, the hit skip charge was reduced to a lesser offense that did not carry a mandatory suspension of his driver’s license.

Hit Skip Charges Dismissed in Dublin Mayor’s Court. Our client, a Dublin resident, was charged with a hit skip in the Dublin Mayor’s Court.  After reviewing the facts of the case, all charges were  dismissed after we discovered evidentiary flaws  in the prosecution’s case.

Failure to Control Charge Dismissed. Our client was charged with assured clear distance ahead (ACDA) and failure to control after being involved in an accident in Franklin County.  The client was charged in the Franklin County Municipal Court.  All charges against our client were dismissed after negotiations with the prosecutor and the arresting Columbus police officer.

Underage Consumption and Possession of Alcohol Charges Dismissed in Westerville. Our client is a Westerville resident and an Otterbein University student.  He was charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol near the Otterbein campus.  The case was filed in the Westerville Mayor’s Court.  After negotiation with the prosecutor’s office, all charges were dismissed.

Criminal Damaging and Disorderly Conduct Charges Dismissed. Our client was charged with criminal damaging and disorderly conduct in the Shawnee Hills Mayor’s Court following a night of partying after the Memorial Golf Tournament.  We were able to negotiate a settlement and all charged against our client were dismissed.

Hazing and Assault Charges Dismissed. Our client, a college student, was charged with hazing and assault in the Franklin County Municipal Court.  After negotiations, all charges were ultimately dismissed so that the client would have no criminal record as she began the job search in this competitive job market.

Hosting Underage Drinking Charges Dismissed in DublinOur client is a Dublin resident charged with hosting underage drinking at his home.  Following settlement negotiations, including identifying defenses and weaknesses in the prosecutor’s allegations, all charges were dismissed in the Dublin Mayor’s Court..

Columbus Speeding Ticket (76mph in a 55mph zone) Dismissed.  Our client was traveling on 315 South toward downtown.  He was traveling with the flow of traffic, but the officer nonetheless charged him with speeding 76mph in a 55pmh zone.  Following negotiations, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges on the condition that our client complete a defensive driving course..

New Albany Mayor’s Court Reckless Operation Charge Reduced to Speeding. Our client was driving a rental car and was unfamiliar with the car’s acceleration.  Our client was very concerned about the potential implications a reckless driving charge might have on his Visa status.  He was alleged to have been driving 69mph in a 35pmh zone and was charged with reckless driving in the New Albany Mayor’s Court.  After negotiations with the New Albany prosecutor, the charge was reduced to a minor speeding ticket..

Charged With Reckless Operation Under R.C. 4511.20A Reduced to Slow Speed. Our client was charged with reckless operation under ORC 4511.20A in the Franklin County Municipal Court.  The police report alleged that our client suddenly slammed on her brakes causing multiple accidents.  The case was reduced to a minor slow speed charge..

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