Bedford DUI Attorneys

If you have been charged with an OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs), contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case, how to protect your license and your rights, and how we can fight your OVI charge for you.

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Ashley
Bedford OVI

Aggressive Defense Attorneys

The Bedford DUI Lawyers who believe in "innocent until proven guilty" and "proof beyond a reasonable doubt."  Our clients trust us for providing a strategically aggressive legal defense.
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By serving as active DUI/OVI Defense Attorneys through the years with clients throughout Northern Ohio, we have earned respect for our knowledge of the intricacies of Ohio OVI laws, refined our strategies to investigate and defeat charges, and sharpened our skills at persuading prosecutors, judges, and juries.

This is an area of law that is ever changing with penalties becoming harsher each year.  A successful defense requires an attorney who regularly practices as an OVI lawyer.  We care about the people we serve and understand how important it is to protect a clean record and the ability to drive.  We know how to investigate the DUI charges against you and protect you and your license

Police might charge you for ANY of the following:

A.  Refusing an evidentiary breath test.
B.  Taking the test and scoring over the legal limits.
C.  Even after a test shows you are below the limit if the police officer simply believes you consumed some alcohol that adversely affected and appreciably impaired your ability to operate your vehicle.      

Drunk driving (OVI/DUI) charges may cause you to face:

Mandatory Incarceration, Fines and Court Costs
Driver’s License Suspensions
Restricted License Plates
Interlock Systems You Must Pay For
Forced Treatment
Immobilization and Forfeiture of Your Vehicle
Loss of Your Job and Loss of Your CDL
Increased Auto Insurance Rates or Cancellation
Restrict your ability to travel to Canada
Embarrassment

Reasonable Fee Options & Plans

We provide value-based legal services that are client centered and results driven, as well as free initial telephone consultations.  We offer flat fees, payment plans and accept credit cards for convenience.

Contact us now for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation to protect your rights today.

800-641-1970

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Recent Cases/News

Pot/Marijuana OVI Dismissed:
After raising issues with respect to the traffic stop, delays in discovery and with the urine test, the OVI was completely dismissed.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
November 16, 2018
Refusal OVI Dismissed:
We persuaded the prosecutor and judge to agree to reduce OVI charges to a non-moving violation, saving our client from a year-long license suspension, points to his driver's license, high fines and jail.
  
Berea Municipal Court
November 1, 2018
Refusal OVI Dismissed:
Our client was saved from the implications of an OVI on their record and avoided jail time and high fines.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 24, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
Our client was saved from a lengthy license suspension, jail, a driver's intervention program and six points to his driving record.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
October 22, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
An OVI and five other charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to a minor misdemeanor with a maximum $150 fine, no jail time, no drivers intervention program, no probation and no license suspension.
  
Euclid Municipal Court
October 18, 2018
Refusal OVI Dismissed:
With the OVI dismissed, our client was saved from a year's license suspension, points on her license, jail time, and high fines.
  
Sheffield Village Mayor's Court
October 18, 2018
Refusal OVI Dismissed:
Through negotiating with the prosecutor, an agreement was reached to dismiss an OVI charge against our client.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 12, 2018
Third in 10 OVI Reduced to First:
After extensive discussions regarding the applicability of two prior out-of-state OVI charges, it was agreed to treat this OVI charge as a first in 10, saving our client from a mandatory thirty days in jail.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
October 10, 2018
Second Lifetime OVI Dismissed:
After a great deal of work, the State agreed to dismiss OVI charges despite being a second lifetime OVI.
  
Berea Municipal Court
October 9, 2018
OVI, turn signal, marked lanes and seat-belt charges dismissed:
The state agreed to dismiss several charges, including an OVI, in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation that avoided a license suspension entirely, high fines and points.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
October 2, 2018
Physical Control Charge Dismissed:
Our client had originally been charged with an OVI, but after showing the court that the vehicle had not been moved/operated, the state attempted to bring a physical control charge several months later. We filed to dismiss the charges as violating speedy trial rights and the court agreed.
  
Euclid Municipal Court
September 24, 2018
OVI and Resisting Arrest Charges Dismissed:
In exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation and minor misdemeanor, saving our client from a license suspension, points to his driving record and mandatory jail time, we were able to get the following charges dismissed entirely: OVI, left of center, improper turn, weaving, seat belt violation and resisting arrest.
  
Berea Municipal Court
September 18, 2018
Rape- Kidnapping and Gross Sexual Imposition Convictions Reversed and Vacated By the Eighth District Court of Appeals:
The half-sister of our thirteen-year-old client tattled to her parents that our client said the word "suck." In the midst of discord between the parents, our client was ultimately charged with Rape and Kidnapping. The Appellate Court agreed with our arguments that the trial court erroneously permitted hearsay statements without any independent evidence to support those statements. It further agreed that, even with the hearsay, there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions. Our client's innocence was protected as the convictions were thrown out.
  
8th District Court of Appeals
August 24, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
Our client was pulled over for speeding but was charged with an OVI because she had spilt Taco Bell admitted to have two glasses of wine earlier in the day. The OVI was dismissed, accepting a non-moving violation saving her from a year license suspension, 6 points on her license and an OVI conviction that may have caused her problems with her nursing job.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
July 26, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
Our client was pulled over for an expired license plate only to find himself charged for operative a vehicle while impaired because he admitted he had three drinks earlier in the day. We obtained a dismissal of the OVI with our client accepting a non-moving violation- saving himself from a license suspension.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
July 26, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
After intensive negotiations, OVI charges were dismissed with our client pleading to just a non-moving violation instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
July 12, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
After researching our clients case,- reviewing police reports and video, filing a suppression motion and attending a suppression hearing, further negotiations with the prosecutor led to a dismissal of OVI charges in exchange for an agreement to a plea to reckless op., thereby eliminating the license suspension and mandatory penalties that would have come with an OVI conviction.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
June 28, 2018
Refusal OVI Dismissed:
Intensive negotiations with the prosecutor resulted in our client's OVI being dismissed in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation.
  
Berea Municipal Court
June 19, 2018
Administrative License Suspension Vacated:
An administrative license suspension for a person with third OVI in ten years and who refused the breath test was vacated after showing that the ALS form was not properly filed with the court.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
June 19, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
Court agreed to dismiss a refusal OVI in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
June 18, 2018
OVI and Open Container Charges Dismissed:
Charges were dismissed in exchange for plea to a reduced charge, saving our client from jail, higher fines and points.
  
Huron Municipal Court
June 1, 2018
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed:
Charges brought as a result of a marital argument and slap were dismissed, saving our client from the loss of her professional license.
  
Huron Municipal Court
June 1, 2018
Breath Test OVI and License Suspension Dismissed:
OVI charges dismissed with an agreement to a non-moving violation, saving our client from high fines, points and a license suspension.
  
Sandusky County Municipal Court - Clyde
May 17, 2018
OVI Charges and License Suspension Dismissed:
The court agreed to dismiss breath test OVI charges and vacate the administrative license suspension in exchange to a plea to a lesser charge, saving our client from a suspension, reinstatement fees, large fines, and any jail time.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
May 1, 2018
Breath Test OVI Dismissed:
As a result of our suppression motion challenging a traffic stop in a gated community, the court agreed to dismiss OVI charges in exchange for a reduction to a non-moving violation.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
April 13, 2018
2nd OVI With Refusal and Accident Dismissed:
After arguing suppression issues, the court agreed to reduce charges eliminating all mandatory jail time.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
March 16, 2018
OVI With Breath Test Dismissed:
Prosecutor and court agreed with us to dismiss the OVI charges in exchange for a non-moving citation that protected our client from high fines, points to his license, and a year-long license suspension
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
March 15, 2018
OVI Dismissed:
OVI with an over-the-limit breath test dismissed in exchange for a non-moving violation thereby avoiding jail, license suspension, and points to our client's driving record.
  
Berea Municipal Court
March 13, 2018
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Court agreed to dismiss OVI charges for a plea to a non-moving violation, vacating the ALS, eliminating the reinstatement fee-, jail time and license suspension.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
February 16, 2018
Drug OVI Dismissed:
Court agreed to dismiss an OVI based on levels of prescription meds in exchange for a reduced plea, vacating the ALS, eliminating the reinstatement fee, jail time and license suspension.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
February 16, 2018
OVI Driving Under a Suspension and OVI Charges Dismissed:
Client was facing mandatory jail time for both charges; however- the court agreed to dismiss the charges and vacate the ALS in exchange for a reduced plea that saved our client from all jail time, a $475 reinstatement fee and a license suspension.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
February 16, 2018
OVI Charges Dismissed:
The court agreed to dismiss charges and vacate the administrative license suspension to save our client from jail, from a reinstatement fee and a license suspension
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
February 16, 2018
OVI Suspension and Leaving the Scene Dismissed:
Through negotiations with the prosecutor, it was agreed that all charges should be dismissed.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
February 8, 2018
Second OVI Dismissed:
With the strength of a strong suppression motion and our being ready to go to hearing,- we were able to obtain a dismissal of second OVI charges in exchange for a non-moving violation.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
February 7, 2018
CDL Saved, OVI Dismissed:
We helped our client get their OVI and administrative license suspension dismissed,- saving our client's commercial driver's license and job.
  
North Royalton Mayor's Court
February 1, 2018
2nd Refusal OVI and Drug Paraphernalia Charges Dismissed:
Although facing a mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail, a dismissal and reduction saved our client from all jail time and avoided a year's license suspension.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
January 18, 2018
Drug OVI Charges Dismissed:
Although our client was charged with a refusal OVI alleging marijuana impairment and possession- a dismissal of the charges in exchange for a reduction saved our client from a year's license suspension,- jail time and the driver's intervention program.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
January 18, 2018
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After obtaining a reduction to a non-moving violation, our client avoided a license suspension, avoided jail time, and avoided the drivers intervention program.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
January 17, 2018
OVI Refusal Charges Dismissed:
Our client was saved from a license suspension, jail time, and the drivers intervention program when we negotiated a dismissal of OVI charges in exchange for a plea to a reduced citation.
  
Olmsted Falls Mayors Court
January 16, 2018
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Upon filing a suppression motion challenging a traffic stop based on a tip that turned out to be inaccurate, OVI charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation.
  
Erie County Municipal Court
January 8, 2018
OVI Refusal Charges Dismissed:
OVI charges dismissed, saving our client who was not a US citizen potential VISA problems, and eliminated a license suspension.
  
Sandusky County Court - Woodville
January 3, 2018
OVI Refusal Charges Dismissed:
Administrative license suspension vacated and OVI charges dismissed in exchange for a minor misdemeanor plea with a small fine and no jail or DIP.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
December 4, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Client avoided a year long license suspension, jail time and the driver intervention program after we successfully obtained a dismissal of the OVI in exchange for a non-moving violation.
  
Rocky River Municipal
November 30, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Client avoided both jail time and the driver intervention program when we successfully obtained a dismissal of OVI charges.
  
Sandusky County Court - Clyde
November 21, 2017
OVI Charges with Accident Dismissed:
OVI charges against our client who fell asleep after taking prescription medications were dismissed.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
October 25, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
OVI charges dismissed in exchange to a reckless op plea, resulting in our client receiving only a 90 day license suspension and $250 fine.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 20, 2017
OVI DUS Dismissed:
Although our client was charged with a driving under an OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor with a mandatory 3-days of jail, we obtained a complete dismissal of the charges.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
October 19, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
OVI charges dismissed, with our client escaping a license suspension and mandatory minimums by pleading to a physical control charge with just at $250 fine.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
October 17, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Despite our client having turned in front of a police officer and going off the road, the court agreed to dismiss OVI charges in exchange for a reckless op charges, saving our client from mandatory penalties and a license suspension.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
October 17, 2017
ALS Appeal Granted:
The court agreed to vacate an administrative license suspension after it was shown that the police did not give the proper advisements.
  
Berea Municipal Court
September 26, 2017
0.229 OVI Dismissed:
High tier OVI dismissed with our client avoiding both jail time and a license suspension.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
September 18, 2017
Refusal OVI Charges Dismissed:
OVI dismissed in exchange for a non-moving violation with no jail, no drivers intervention program (DIP), and no license suspension.
  
Canton Municipal Court
August 28, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Negotiations with the prosecutor lead to a dismissal of all OVI charges, with our client receiving only a $50.00 fine for a traffic violation.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
August 7, 2017
Second Refusal OVI Dismissed:
OVI charges dismissed in exchange for a reckless op plea, getting our client back to driving.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
August 7, 2017
Sobriety Checkpoint OVI Dismissed:
After challenging the Constitutionality of a sobriety checkpoint, the court agreed to dismiss OVI charges.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
July 19, 2017
OVI Charges Based on Anonymous Tip Dismissed:
After asserting that a traffic stop based on an anonymous tip was an illegal search and seizure- the court agreed to dismiss OVI charges.
  
Mentor Municipal Court
July 19, 2017
OVI Refusal Charges Dismissed:
Despite charges of an OVI refusal, negotiations with the prosecutor resulted in a dismissal of the charge in exchange for a reckless op plea, saving our client from a years license suspension.
  
Bellevue Municipal Court
June 20, 2017
Hit and Skip Charges Dismissed:
On the day of trial, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss hit and skip charges, leaving only a $75.00 fine for assured clear distance.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
May 16, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
On the back of our suppression motion, OVI charges were dismissed in exchange for a non-moving violation.
  
Willoughby Municipal Court
May 16, 2017
Suppression Motion Leads to Complete Dismissal of OVI:
After raising several issues with respect to failures in the state's alcohol testing process, the court agreed to dismiss all OVI charges leaving only a minor traffic light ticket.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
May 2, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Another strong suppression motion led to a dismissal of OVI charges and reduction to a non-moving traffic violation, avoiding any jail-time and vacating the administrative license suspension.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
April 11, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
A suppression motion pointing out issues with the State's case lead to an agreement to dismiss OVI charges and accept a lesser charge with zero jail time and dismissal of the license suspension, saving our client his job.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
April 10, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Despite an officer's claim that he detected an odor of alcohol- slurred speech- an admission of drinking, and failed field sobriety tests; we raised substantial issues in a suppression motion that helped us obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation without any mandatory minimums.
  
Lyndhurst Municipal Court
March 27, 2017
2nd Lifetime OVI Charge with Refusal Dismissed:
Obtained a dismissal of an OVI despite a prior OVI conviction, and despite a refusal, after strategic discussions regarding weaknesses in the State's case led the prosecutor to agree to a reduced reckless op.
  
Huron Municipal Court
February 28, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Obtained a dismissal of an OVI, protecting our client from a record- suspension and jail time. Our client was happy we obtained a reduced reckless op plea- protecting their medical career.
  
Shaker Heights Municipal Court
February 27, 2017
Suppression Motion Leads to OVI Dismissal:
After filing a suppression motion, an agreement was reached to dismiss OVI charges in exchange for a reckless op plea - avoiding any jail time.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
February 24, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Obtained a dismissal of OVI charges for a client who also had a record of prior charges in exchange for an agreement to a plea of physical control.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
January 24, 2017
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Persuaded court to agree to dismiss OVI and other charges, protecting the client from fines- penalties- and a CDL disqualification, in exchange for an agreement to plea to a non-moving charge.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
December 27, 2016
OVI is the acronym that refers to a violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19,  operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  It is still commonly referred to as a DUI (driving under the influence), or even DWI (driving while intoxicated), which are simply old acronyms.  All of these  mean the same thing, which are charges of a violation of the Ohio Code Section 4511.19, or  a similar municipal ordinance.      
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Bedford, Bedford Heights, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Glenwillow, Highland Hills, Moreland Hills, North Randall, Oakwood, Orange, Solon, Warrensville Heights and Woodmere

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