Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys

The criminal defense attorneys at Smith's Law Offices represent clients in all areas of criminal law from felonies and misdemeanors, to DUI’s and traffic citations.

Smith's Law Offices is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated law firm, ready to bring their experience, care and skill to your legal defense.

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Being faced with criminal charges places one in the difficult position of having the resources of the State, from the police department through the prosecutor’s office, being used to punish.  One must also be aware of the potential effects of pleas and convictions on careers, families, domestic relations, custody, drivers licenses, CDLs, and more.

A guilty plea with hopes that a court will show leniency may at first seem the easiest way to resolve a criminal charge; however, the best approach is to put the State to the test with an aggressive criminal defense attorney, demanding your rights be protected.  The attorneys at Smith's Law Offices offer free initial consultations and a strategic legal defense to protect your rights before they are lost.

The criminal defense attorneys of Smith's Law Offices provide their clients personalized representation, the benefits of the experienced legal knowledge required to navigate the criminal process, the legal experience to fully understand their options to make their own decisions without pressure, and the trial lawyer experience to aggressively take the matter through trial when needed.

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Pro Se (Self Representation)?

Can you represent yourself when faced with a criminal charge?  Yes you can, but no you should not.  These are some facts:

  • Being right means little unless you can convince the prosecutor, judge, or jury that you are right and make them understand why.
  • What seems simple at first may quickly become complicated, especially if you do not know what is around the next turn in the process.
  • If your case goes badly, you may regret representing your self, but by then it may be too late.
  • The law is complex, including for example the rules the police must follow, the rules to follow with the court (e.g., State and Local Rules of Criminal Procedure), the rules regarding the presentation of your case (e.g., Rules of Evidence), the potential implications of the charges, the statutes that define the crimes, and the thousands upon thousands of cases that interpret the rules and statutes and your Constitutional rights.
  • Attorneys are the professionals who are trained to understand these laws, how they may relate to you, and how to protect your rights and interests.

We simply cannot recommend going to court without an attorney.  We recommend you seek a doctor for your medical needs, a mechanic for your auto repairs, and an attorney when you must go to court.

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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.

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Recent Cases/News

OVI with Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
The police charged our client due to a suspicion of impaired driving and as a result a breath test was conducted that resulted in an over-the-limit test. We filed a suppression motion to keep out the breath test, raising arguments about the stop, field sobriety tests and breath test. As a result of raising those arguments and through negotiations, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI charges, with our client pleading to a non-moving citation and simple traffic ticket instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
July 2, 2020
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Although our client was charged with an OVI, we successfully raised issues regarding whether the State could prove that he was actually operating a motor vehicle. After extensive negotiations with the prosecutor and discussions with the judge, and agree was reached for the State to dismiss the OVI charges in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation.
  
Euclid Municipal Court
July 1, 2020
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after a third party made a report of drunk driving. During negotiations with the prosecutor, we argued that the State's evidence was almost entirely dependent upon the unreliable testimony of a lay witness. The prosecutor and judge ultimately agreed, result in an offer and acceptance of a complete dismissal of the OVI charges.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
June 23, 2020
OVI Charges Brought After an Accident Dismissed:
Our client was accused of being involved in a single car accident. The police arrived at our client's home after the accident and charged her with an OVI because they believed she had drinks. We argued that the police had no evidence to show that she did not have a drink AFTER the accident when she got home. Consequently, the OVI charges were reduced to a non-moving violation, saving our client from points to her license, jail, high fines, points to her license and an OVI on her record.
  
North Ridgeville Mayor's Court
June 17, 2020
Over-the-Limit OVI Dismissed:
Our client was pulled over due to an alleged marked lanes violation and ultimately cited with and OVI as well. After extensive negotiations and a suppression motion raising issues regarding the reason for the traffic stop, cause for expanding the stop, probable cause for arrest, and issues with the field sobriety tests, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI. Instead there was a plea to a non-moving violation. This saved our client from an OVI on her record, a year-long license suspension, a mandatory drivers intervention program, jail time, points to her license and a high fine.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
June 2, 2020
OVI Dismissed:
After our client was charged with a traffic citation and an OVI, we aggressively argued her case with the State and were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charge, saving our client from high points, jail time, having to attend a drivers intervention program and from any license suspension.
  
Portage County Municipal Court - Kent
May 27, 2020
OVI With Head-on Collision Reduced:
Our client was involved in a head-on collision, after which she was charged with an OVI and tested over-the-limit. Although many factors weighed against her, we fought for her and obtained a reduction to a reckless op charge. This lead to an immediate return of her license, vacating the $475 reinstatement fee, avoiding high points to her license, and without any requirement for her to attend jail or a drivers intervention program.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
May 22, 2020
Accident OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after a car accident. After extensive negotiations at the Mayor's court and then the Municipal Court, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI with a plea to a non-moving violation instead. This saved our client from jail, points to her license, a lengthy license suspension, and the impact to her job.
  
Parma Municipal Court
May 18, 2020
OVI, Possession and Paraphernalia Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI, drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges after an accident. Negotiations with the prosecutor and discussions with the judge resulted in a dismissal of the drug possession and paraphernalia charges and an agreement to reduce the OVI to a simple motor vehicle equipment violation, saving our client from high fines, high points to his license, disqualification from student aid, a license suspension and other implications.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
May 6, 2020
Second OVI in Ten and Refusal Dismissed:
After our client was charged with a second OVI in ten years, with enhanced penalties due to a refusal to submit to a breath test, we provided an aggressive defense by demanding all reports, videos and documentation and used that evidence to craft a suppression motion detailing significant issues with the State's case. We arrived at the court the day of the suppression hearing ready to pull apart the State's case, though further negotiations resulted in an offer for a plea to a reduced traffic charge saving our client from all mandatory jail time, another OVI on his record, high fines, high points to his driving record, and potential loss of his job.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
April 17, 2020
Wrong Way Driver OVI Dismissed:
Our client entered the wrong road to a state park and was ultimately charged with an over-the-limit OVI after urine test results were returned. After filing a suppression motion raising issues regarding whether the one-way road was properly marked and whether the police had sufficient suspicion of impairment to justify expanding and prolonging the traffic stop, the State agreed to dismiss the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic offense. This saved our client from high fines, from a one-year license suspension, six-points to his license, and due to our client's need for security clearances it saved him his job.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
April 16, 2020
Over-the-Limit OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charge with a regular OVI and an over-the-limit OVI after she was pulled over for a headlight issue and given a breath test. After attending a pre-trial, filing a suppression motion, and attending a hearing; the prosecutor and judge agreed to an offer to dismiss the OVI charges in exchange to a plea to a traffic charge. Important in this case was an argument about the State Trooper prolonging the detention to investigate an OVI with little evidence of an OVI, and the Trooper's claim that our client's speech was slow and slurred despite the video showing clear, articulate and responsive speech.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
March 16, 2020
Over-the-Limit OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an over-the-limit OVI and traffic citations. After reviewing several issues with the prosecutor, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI charges, with our client pleading instead to two traffic citations.
  
Huron Municipal Court
March 13, 2020
Third Lifetime OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a third-lifetime OVI charge with the police officer claiming he failed all field sobriety tests. By raising legal arguments with respect to each of the tests and probable cause to arrest, an agreement was reached at a suppression hearing to dismiss the OVI charges with our client pleading to a reckless op. charge instead. By doing so, we were able to help our client keep his job.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
March 9, 2020
Second OVI Within 10 Years Dismissed:
Through extensive discussions with the prosecutor, an agreement was reached to dismiss OVI charges for a second-in-ten with an over the limit chemical test, agreeing to a non-moving violation with no points and no jail time instead.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
February 18, 2020
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after allegedly failing two of three field sobriety tests and providing a breath test that was over the limit. After reviewing the police reports and video, we were able to argue that the State had issues with its case. As a result, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI charge, with our client pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court.
February 18, 2020
Drug OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was subjected to a urine test for suspicion of drugs and charged with an OVI. After conducting a thorough investigation into the case, we raised evidence that our client was not, in fact, impaired. The prosecutor ultimately agreed to dismiss the OVI charges, accepting a plea to a minor misdemeanor instead with only a small fine.
  
Western Ashtabula County Court
February 18, 2020
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After reviewing discovery responses including police reports and video, we met with the prosecutor and persuaded him to dismiss OVI charges against our client, resulting in an immediate return of her drivers license.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
February 11, 2020
OVI Charges Dismissed While License and Job Saved:
Our client was a CDL holder and charged with an OVI. We initially persuaded the the court to stay the administrative license suspension so our client could get back to work. When then persuaded the court to dismiss the OVI and vacate the administrative license suspension to save our clients CDL and job.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
January 28, 2020
OVI Completely Dismissed:
Our client was pulled over for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. He was ultimately arrested and charged with an OVI as well. We challenged the state's failure to preserve video from back-up state troopers who arrived, achieving a ruling that the four back-up officers could not testify as a result. The State threatened additional felony charges from an allegation that our client got a replacement driver’s license while his was suspended. We responded that this was coercion, designed to pressure our client into a plea. While awaiting the jurors to be called in for trial, we achieved a complete dismissal of the OVI, promise not to bring other charges, and a waiver of costs for calling in a jury.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
December 16, 2019
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI; however, after extensive negotiations the OVI charges were dismissed.
  
Huron Municipal Court
December 10, 2019
Over-the-Limit OVI Dismissed:
Although the State had a BAC test to use in their case, we reached a resolution resulting a dismissal of OVI charges, saving our client from a mandatory one-year license suspension, high fines and jail.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
October 24, 2019
Another OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI even though his breath test was slightly under the legal limit. The police can do this if they believe they have sufficient evidence of impairment regardless of the breath test results. We were able to argue that the other evidence in this case was weak, and as a result an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI, thus saving our client from any license suspension and from high fines and high points to his license.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
October 22, 2019
High Tier OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a high tier OVI after she blow over 0.17 during a traffic stop; however, we reached an agreement for her to have the OVI dismissed, leaving only a non-moving citation. As a result, she was saved from points to her license, the impact to her auto insurance and mandatory jail time.
  
Sheffield Village Mayor's Court
October 17, 2019
Second OVI in 10 Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a refusal second OVI in ten years, which would have carried with it a mandatory twenty days in jail. We pushed forward with evidence that she was not actually the operator of the motor vehicle and reached an agreement for her to have the OVI dismissed, receiving only a non-moving citation instead.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
October 11, 2019
OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after allegedly rolling through a stop sign and marked lanes violations. We obtained an agreement for her to have the OVI dismissed with just a traffic citation instead. She was happy to have been saved from a non-expungable OVI on her record, high points to her license, and other implications of an OVI.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 7, 2019
OVI With Pedestrian Accident Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after a pedestrian accident that resulted in no injuries, even though our client took a breath test that showed he was under the limit for alcohol. The State then claimed that he was impaired due to prescription medications. After raising arguments through pre-trials and motions regarding the State's need to show a nexus between the prescriptions and any impairment, we were able to get the OVI dismissed and the license suspension terminated.
  
Akron Municipal Court
October 7, 2019
Over-The-Limit OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an over-the-limit OVI as well as other traffic citations. After raising evidentiary issues through a suppression motion and negotiating with the prosecutor, and agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI and traffic citations in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation. Our client was protected from an OVI on his record, increased auto-insurance rates and other implications of an OVI.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
October 1, 2019
Second in 20 Refusal OVI Reduced
After much discussion and negotiation, as well as a suppression motion, we are able to reach an agreement to reduce a second in twenty OVI, with an alleged refusal, to a reckless op. charge. We were additionally able to vacate the administrative license suspension saving our client from the reinstatement fee.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
August 28, 2019
OVI, Marked Lanes and Speeding Charges Reduced to Non-Moving Violation:
After extensive negotiations and taking steps to mitigate the charges, a resolution was reached where charges of an OVI, marked lanes and speeding were reduced to a non-moving violation, saving our client from jail, points to their driving record, a reinstatement fee to the BMV, and a one-year license suspension.
  
Sheffield Village Mayor's Court
August 23, 2019
Hit & Skip Charges Dismissed:
Our client was alleged to have violated the law by hitting a fence post and leaving the scene. After arguing that the correct statute provides twenty-four hours to report an accident involving property other than another motor vehicle and demonstrating that our client's driving record was otherwise clean, an agreement was reached to dismiss the hit and skip charges entirely.
  
Middleburg Heights Mayor's Court
August 21, 2019
OVI Dismissed
Our client was charged with a second lifetime OVI among other citations. After negotiations with the prosecutor and a motion for discovery sanctions, the court agreed to dismiss the OVI charge resulting in a plea to a non-moving violation with no jail, no drivers intervention program and no points to his drivers license.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
July 19, 2019
OVI and Possession Charges Dismissed
After extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, it was agreed to dismiss OVI, possession and paraphernalia charges in exchange for a plea to a non-moving violation, saving our client from high fines, points to his license and jail time.
  
Shaker Heights Municipal Court
July 1, 2019
OVI Charges Entirely Dismissed:
Our client was observed in a parked vehicle and cited with an OVI because the police officer believed sitting in a running vehicle was operating for the purposes of an OVI. After demonstrating that "operating" requires actual movement of the vehicle, and therefore being parked in a vehicle is not an OVI, all charges were dismissed entirely.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
June 20, 2019
OVI Dismissed - No License Suspension:
Discussions with the prosecutor resulted in a dismissal of the OVI, saving our client from a license suspension, points to his license, high fines and jail time.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
May 28, 2019
Second Lifetime OVI Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for allegedly failing to use a turn signal on a small residential street. The traffic stop escalated, ultimately resulting in his second lifetime OVI charge. After raising issues with respect to the stop through a suppression motion, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI with our client agreeing to a reckless op. charge instead, saving him from jail time, a long license suspension, six points to his driving record and a non-expungeable second OVI conviction.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
May 7, 2019
OVI, Drug Paraphernalia and Traffic Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped by the police for failing to display a license plate, even though she had appropriately and legally displayed her temporary tags in her rear window. She was ultimately charged with a drug OVI, drug paraphernalia and failing to display her license plate. After negotiations with the prosecutor and discussions with the judge, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI, drug and license plate charges in exchange for a plea to a traffic citation - protecting our client from any license suspension, high fines and jail.
  
Erie County Municipal Court
April 10, 2019
Aggravated Menacing, Domestic Violence and TPO Violation Charges Dismissed:
While appearing for a trial, we made clear that for the second time the prosecution was unable to proceed with their case. As a result, the State dismissed all charges against our client.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
April 2, 2019
Drug Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged received two drug charges and an underage possession of alcohol charge. We negotiated a dismissal of all drug charges and a diversion program for the remaining misdemeanor charge. Once our client completes the diversion program, the misdemeanor charge will also be dismissed and sealed protecting , his clean criminal record while avoiding jail and high fines.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
March 12, 2019
Second OVI and Administrative License Suspension Dismissed:
At a suppression hearing, it was agreed that the State could not make its case that the police had a lawful reason to initiate a traffic stop for an alleged marked lanes violation. As a result, the OVI charges and all traffic charges were dismissed and the Administrative License Suspension was vacated.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
February 27, 2019
Administrative License Suspension Appeal Won:
Administrative License Suspensions ("ALS") should only be imposed when the police have probable cause to arrest an individual for an OVI or physical control and that person either refuses a chemical test or takes the test and scores over the legal limit. In our case, the individual took a urine test and the police, without yet receiving any results from the test, placed the person under an ALS. We were able to get the ALS thrown out (vacated) in an attempt to help our client get back to driving and avoid reinstatement fees.
  
Erie County Municipal Court
February 25, 2019
OVI Charges From Single Car Accident Dismissed:
During extensive negotiations with the prosecutor it was agreed that the State's case against my client was limited, and a result it was agreed that the OVI charges would be dismissed with our client pleading to a non-moving violation to avoid points to his license, high fines and the loss of his job.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
February 12, 2019
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After much discussions with the prosecutor, we reached an agreement and approval by the court to dismiss all OVI charges, leaving just a non-moving violation and saving our client from high fines, points on his license, jail time and a long license suspension.
  
Huron Municipal Court
February 1, 2019
Menacing and Telephone Harassment Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with telephone harassment, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines, as well as menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and $250.00 in fines. After negotiations with the prosecutor, the charges were dismissed with our client agreeing to a minor-misdemeanor charge instead with no jail time and a fine of $75.00.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
January 24, 2019
OVI Charges Dismissed:
OVI charges were dismissed against our client and an Administrative License Suspension Vacated after negotiations led to a reduction to a reckless op charge. In addition to saving our client from six points to their license, high fines, jail time and a license reinstatement fee, they were able to get their full license back.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
January 24, 2019
Hit & Skip Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a hit and skip after an accident. We were able to obtain a dismissal of the charge, saving our client from a high fine, first-degree misdemeanor, jail time, license suspension and six points to his license.
  
Cleveland Heights Municipal Court
January 22, 2019
OVI, Obstructing Official Business, Seat-belt and Reasonable Control Charges Dismissed:
Our client received multiple citations after a minor fender bender on Put-in-Bay. After extensive negotiations, motions regarding delays in discovery responses, and development of potential defenses an agreement was reached to dismiss all charges and amend the OVI to a reckless op charge.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
December 26, 2018
CDL Saved after OVI:
Our client's commercial driver's license (CDL) was at risk after a citation for an OVI. After intensive negotiations, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI as well as vacating the Administrative License Suspension (ALS), protecting our clients CDL.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
December 19, 2018
Ohio Supreme Court Declines to Consider the State's Appeal to Our Client's Eighth District Win
After we prevailed in the Eighth District, vacating all convictions against our adolescent client, the County Prosecutor appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Supreme Court declined to accept jurisdiction and thus our client's convictions remain vacated.
  
Ohio Supreme Court
December 12, 2018
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

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