Ohio Theft Offenses and Penalties

A theft charge is a serious and complicated matter, whether it is a first degree misdemeanor charge for shoplifting or a first degree felony aggravated theft charge.  Penalties vary based on the value of what was allegedly stolen, from who it was stolen, and what was stolen.  Further, there are civil ramifications that can include liability for three times the amount of what was stolen in addition to fees and costs.

Theft Definition:

Theft occurs when a person, with the purpose to deprive the owner of his property, knowingly obtains or exerts control over the property (a) without the owner’s consent; (b) beyond the scope of the owner’s consent; (c) by deception; (d) by threat; or (e) by intimidation.  Shoplifting from a store is a common example of theft.  (Revised Code Section 2913.02)

1st Degree Misdemeanor

(Jail time up to 180 days, fine up to $1,000.00, Restitution)

  1. Petty Theft (Property Value is than $1,000.00)

5th Degree Felony

(Prison time from 6 to 12 months, fine up to $2,500.00, Restitution)

  1. Theft (Property Value is $1,000.00 but less than $7,500.00)
  2. Also, if the item is a credit card, check, vehicle title, vehicle license plate, or driver’s license
  3. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value less than $1,000.00)
  4. Theft of a special purpose article (Revised Code Section 4737.04)
  5. Theft of a bulk merchandise container (Revised Code Section 4737.012)

4th Degree Felony

(Prison time from 6 to 18 months, fine up to $5,000.00, Restitution)

  1. Grand Theft (Property Value $7,500.00 but less than $150,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $1,000.00 but less than $7,000.00)
  3. Theft of a motor vehicle
  4. Theft of a dangerous drug

3rd Degree Felony

(Prison time of 9 to 36 months, fine up to $10,000.00, Restitution)

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $150,000.00 but less than $750,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $7,000.00 but less than $37,500.00)
  3. Theft of a firearm or dangerous ordnance
  4. Theft of a dangerous drug, and offender has a prior felony drug abuse offense
  5. Theft of a police dog or horse or an assistance dog
  6. Theft of anhydrous ammonia

2nd Degree Felony

(Prison time from 2 to 8 years, fine up to $15,000.00, Restitution)

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $750,000.00 but less than $1,500,000.00)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $37,500.00 but less than $150,000.00)

1st Degree Felony

(Prison time from 3 and 11 years, fine up to $20,000.00, Restitution)

  1. Aggravated Theft (Property Value $1,500,000.00 or more)
  2. Theft from an elderly or person or disabled adult (Property Value $150,000.00 or more)
  3. Theft of a firearm or dangerous ordnance from a federally licensed firearms dealer

Restitution: Compensate victim for economic loss

Theft of gas from a gas station:
Court may also impose up to 6 month license suspension, or if prior conviction 6 months to a year, or in the alternative order community service.

Unauthorized use of property

(Revised Code Section 2913.04)

Sometimes a theft charge might be reduced to an unauthorized use of property charge, which states, "No person shall knowingly use or operate the property of another without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent."  Unauthorized use is, in many circumstances, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree with penalties including jail up to 30 days and a fine up to $250.00

Civil Liability

(Revised Code Section 2307.61)

If you are convicted of theft, the property may sue you for their choice of either:

A.  The value of the property AND liquidated damages ($50 if value of property was $50 or less; $100.00 if value of the property was more than $50 up to $100; or $150 if the value of the property was more than $100)

OR

B.  Liquidated damages of either (a) $200; or (b) 3 times the value of the property.

The property owner may also be entitled to administrative costs, attorney’s fees, and costs in bringing the civil suit.

Criminal Defense Services

Smith's Law Offices utilize their proven skills and experience to challenge and defend against all theft charges.  From attacking the charges to obtain a dismissal, seeking reduced pleas, and obtaining diversion programs to protect against and minimize the consequences, Smith's Law Offices will aggressively fight for you.  To protect your rights, contact Smith's Law Offices immediately, BEFORE mistakes are made and your rights are lost.

Recent Cases/News

OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for not having working license plate lights. She was then put through field sobriety tests in the snow and cited with an OVI. We obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges, with her pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
June 10, 2024
OVI Charges Dimissed:
Our client was stopped when he crossed the center line of the road. He was then put through field sobriety tests and charged with an OVI. Through aggressive representation, including motions for discovery sanctions against the State and a suppression motion, a resolution was reached for our client to plead to a non-moving citation in exchange for the dismissal of the OVI charges against him.
  
Erie County Municipal Court
May 31, 2024
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with domestic violence after an physical altercation with an adult sibling. He let these charges remain open with a warrant for a couple years, concerned with the potential consequences. Once he retained us, we get the warrant lifted and the charges dismissed.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
May 28, 2024
OVI Charges and Child Endangerment Charges Dismissed:
Our client was accused of driving while impaired with her children in her vehicle; however, through an intensive investigation we uncovered multiple issues with the State's case. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of the charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation and disorderly conduct charge instead.
  
Chardon Municipal Court
May 24, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for an alleged loud exhaust. The traffic stop quickly rose to an OVI investigation and our client was charged with operating a vehicle with an over-the-limit blood alcohol content. We aggressively represented him, obtaining a dismissal of the OVI with him pleading to a traffic offense instead.
  
Chardon Municipal Court
May 22, 2024
OVI With High Test Dismissed:
After the police stopped our client for an alleged traffic violation, they proceeded with field sobriety tests and a breath test that indicated our client was in the high-tier range for an OVI. With a thorough investigation, we discovered multiple issued regarding the breath test that we leveraged to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client merely pled to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
May 20, 2024
OVI for CDL Driver Dismissed:
Our client held a commercial drivers license and was at risk for losing it and his job after an OVI charge. We fought hard and obtained a dismissal of his OVI, vacated his administrative license suspension, and saved his CDL.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
May 10, 2024
Third-in-Ten OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a third-in-ten OVI after being questioned by a police officer and then providing a urine test that allegedly detected substances over the legal limits. However, when we analyzed his case we discovered a lack of probable cause for the officer to approach our client. The officer claimed that he was parked at a gas station for an hour and that seemed suspicious. Relying upon this and other issues, we proceeded forward with a suppression motion hearing. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. He avoided any jail time, avoided a license suspension, avoided points to his license and avoided a forfeiture of his vehicle.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
May 9, 2024
Second-in-Ten OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client had a minor accident causing some damage to a building. He was arrested and asked to take a breath test, which he declined. As a result, he was charged with second-in-ten OVI with high tier penalties. We investigated, finding witness testimony confirming that he only had two beers over more than three hours. We pressed the weaknesses in the State's case, scheduled the matter for jury trial, and on the even of trial obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client avoided an OVI, avoided jail time, and avoided points to his license.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
May 9, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed for Client with Over-the-Limit Test After an Accident:
Our client had an accident on a snowy day. When the police arrived, she quickly found herself the subject of an OVI investigation and ultimately provided an over-the-limit breath test. However, our analysis revealed multiple issues about the investigation and test result which we pushed forward to a suppression motion hearing. As a result, the OVI charges were dismissed, with her pleading to a non-moving citation instead. She avoided points to her license, OVI conviction, and a long license suspension.
  
Portage County Court - Ravenna
May 8, 2024
OVI Charges with High BAC Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a high-tier OVI that would have resulted in mandatory jail time, year long license suspension, points to her license, high fine and the impact of having an OVI on her record. We achieved a dismissal of the OVI charges with her pleading to a non-moving citation instead, saving her from these harsh penalties.
  
Lorain Municipal Court
May 7, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for allegedly speeding, having a license plate light out and weaving within his lane. He then found himself subjected to field sobriety tests, arrested and providing both a breath and urine sample. After analyzing his case, discovering issues with the field sobriety tests and further issues in his favor regarding the breath and urine tests, we achieved a complete dismissal of his OVI charge. He merely pled to the citation for the speed and traffic plate light with a fine of only $75.00 for both citations.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
April 18, 2024
OVI With Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for allegedly slow rolling through a stop sign and red light. The State Trooper then put him through field sobriety tests, arrested him, and had him provide a breath sample that was over the limit. However, upon review of the dash cam, we discovered the Trooper's alleged reasons for the traffic stop were highly suspect. Using this evidence, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charge with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. The saved him from an OVI on his record, having to complete the drivers intervention program, from a year-long license suspension and from points to his driving record.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
April 17, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was below the legal age to drink alcohol. She was stopped by the police, put through field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample that was over the legal limit. However, we discovered that the police did not provide a required 20-minute observation period prior to conducting the breath test. Further, the test result was very high, which did not match how well our client appeared on video. Finally, the officer turned off his body camera when completing the breath test, further raising suspensions about its accuracy. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client pled to the speeding and a non-moving citation; walking out of court without any license suspension or any OVI on her record.
  
Berea Municipal Court
April 11, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
The police stopped our client alleging that she committed a marked lanes violation. As often happens late at night, this quickly escalated to an OVI investigation and field sobriety tests. When our client effectively passed the field sobriety tests, the officer moved on to the hocus pocus, non-scientific, lack of convergence test. Ultimately, a breath test was provided that was over the legal limit, but just barely. By raising all of the issues with the traffic stop, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
March 28, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for allegedly crossing a fog line. The officer quickly had her get out of her vehicle and participate with field sobriety tests. By raising issues regarding whether she actually crossed a fog line, as well as the manner in which the field sobriety tests were conducted, we obtained a dismissal of her OVI charges with her pleading to a traffic citation instead. This saved her from high points to her license and she walked out of court without any license suspension.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
March 27, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for speeding and then found an Ohio State Patrol officer putting him through field sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with an OVI; however, we obtained a dismissal of teh OVI charges with our client entering a plea to a non-moving citation and the speeding citation instead. This saved him from the impact of having an OVI on his record and many of the mandator penalties that would have come with an OVI.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
March 26, 2024
OVI with Over-the-Limit BAC Dismissed:
Although our client was stopped for an alleged marked lanes violation, was subjected to field sobriety tests, and provided a breath test that was over the legal limit - we were successful in obtaining a dismissal of the OVI with him pleading to a non-moving citation instead. He walked out of court with his license back, no points to his license, no jail time, and no driver's intervention program to complete.
  
Lorain Municipal Court
March 25, 2024
OVI Charges with Breath Test Dismissed:
Although our client was arrested and provided a breath test that was over the legal limit, we raised many issues about the stop and the field sobriety tests. As a result, her OVI charges were dismissed and she pled to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
March 21, 2024
OVI With Breath Test Dismissed:
Although our client was subjected to field sobriety tests and then provided a breath test that was over the legal limit, a thorough investigation revealed issues with the traffic stop and breath test. For example, the evidence showed that the officers failed to properly observe our client for 20 minutes prior to conducting the breath test. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of all of the charges against him, with him entering a plea to a non-moving citation instead. In addition to saving him from points to his driving record, and the impact of an OVI on his record, we helped him escape what would have been a minimum one-year license suspension.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
March 20, 2024
Hit & Skip Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor hit and skip charge after he left the scene of an accident where he believed there was no damage requiring him to stay. Although he was facing a mandatory license suspension, we obtained a dismissal of the hit & skip charges, with him pleading to a minor misdemeanor traffic citation instead.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
March 14, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for speeding and then found himself being put through standardized field sobriety tests, arrested and cited with an OVI. Through an investigation into his case, we raised issued with regard to the field sobriety tests and a general lack of evidence of impairment. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Chardon Municipal Court
March 12, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed, CDL Saved:
Our client was at risk of losing his job and his commercial driver's license after he was charged with an OVI. We obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges, with the court vacating his administrative license suspension, in a maneuver that saved his job and CDL. He pled to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
March 7, 2024
Underage Possession of Alcohol Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for allegedly being in possession of alcohol containers that were in the toolbox of his truck. However, by demonstrating that the state lacked sufficient evidence of his knowledge of the alcohol in his truck, which he and others in his family used, we obtained a complete dismissal of the charges.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
February 27, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After our client was stopped for an alleged turn signal violation, he quickly found an officer putting him through field sobriety test despite our client's injured knee. Despite providing a urine sample that tested over the legal limit, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
February 23, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed - CDL Saved:
Our client faced a disqualification of his CDL, jail time, points to his license and a year-long license suspension when he was charged with an OVI. We saved him from all of these consequences by obtaining a dismissal of the OVI charges and him pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Berea Municipal Court
February 15, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed Despite Accident:
The police charged our client with an OVI after she was in an accident during which her air bag went off and she bumped her head. By showed that perceived clues of impairment were likely clues of a concussion instead, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead. This saved her from a mandatory license suspension, from jail time and even from having to take the driver's intervention program.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
February 13, 2024
Second in Ten OVI Charges Dismissed:
Although our client had a prior OVI conviction, we investigated her new OVI charges and presented multiple weaknesses in the State's case to the court. By doing so, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with her entering a plea to a non-moving citation instead. She was saved from points to her license, mandatory jail time and a lengthy license suspension.
  
Lorain Municipal Court
February 7, 2024
Child Endangerment Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with child endangerment charges after an incident during which he had drinks. We pulled apart weaknesses in the case against him until we obtained a dismissal of the child endangerment charges.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
February 2, 2024
Hit and Skip Conviction Avoided:
Our client was involved in a fender bender and then accused of leaving the scene. If convicted, she would have faced a mandatory license suspension. By strategically presenting her case, we were able to avoid the hit and skip conviction with her pleading to a minor misdemeanor non-moving citation instead. Thus, her license was saved.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
January 29, 2024
Client Escapes 3rd in 10 OVI:
Our client was facing a third-in-ten OVI charge; however, by leveraging issues with the charging documents we were able to resolve her case with just a traffic citation. By doing so, she avoided high points to her license, jail time and a forfeiture of her vehicle.
  
Lakewood Municipal Court
January 17, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed Despite Priors:
After our client was stopped for a traffic violation, miscommunication occurred over the police department radios such that they believed our client had five prior OVI's, which was not accurate. This resulted in a rushed and incomplete investigation. We argued issues with the investigation and as a result we were able to get the OVI dismissed with our client pleading to the traffic violation.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
January 10, 2024
OVI Charges Dismissed
Despite our client having admitted to having drinks and providing an alcohol test result that was over the legal limit, we were able to reveal issues with the State's case that resulted in a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
December 21, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped by the police, ordered out of her car, subjected to field sobriety tests, arrested and cited with an OVI. Thorough investigation of her case and documentation of her charges helped us to achieve a dismissal of those OVI charges with her pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Mentor Municipal Court
December 20, 2023
Marijuana OVI Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for speeding, subjected to SFSTs, provided a breath test that showed that he was under the legal limit for alcohol, and then provided a urine sample that tested positive for THC metabolites. Certain metabolites may show in a person's urine even if they last used THC days or weeks prior; however, under Ohio law simply testing over and operating a vehicle remains an OVI. However, but leveraging information and facts about the traffic stop, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. He avoided an OVI on his record, avoided six points to his license and avoided a year long suspension.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
December 14, 2023
Vehicular Vandalism Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for allegedly throwing his rake at a car passing his yard. The driver of the other vehicle was ultimately charged with felonies because he physically attacked our client. By pointing out that the state lacked evidence of the accusations against our client, we obtained complete dismissal of the charges.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
December 14, 2023
Over-the-Limit OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after providing a high BAC reading. However, through investigating the evidence we discovered that the testing machine had not been calibrated within seven days of his test - a requirement from the Ohio Administrative Code. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead. We also obtained an order vacating his ALS, which saved his CDL.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
December 13, 2023
Underage OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client, who was under the age of 21, received an underage OVI charge after providing a test over the legal limit for individuals his age. We raised issues with respect to the identification of our client as the driver as well as the lack of good evidence of impairment to justify an arrest. We, therefore, obtained a dismissal of the OVI charge with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
December 13, 2023
Golf Cart OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped as he was entering a state park on Put-in-Bay, something that we have seen frequently this past year. He ultimately arrested and subjected to a urine test. We were able to obtain a dismissal of the charges, with him pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
December 13, 2023
OVI Charges Dimissed:
We successfully obtained a dismissal of OVI charges brought against our client, with him pleading to a traffic citation instead. This saved him from high points to his license, the impact of having an OVI on his record, and increased auto insurance rates.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
December 8, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Although our client was stopped due to alleged marked lane violations and ultimately provided a breath sample above the legal limit, investigation into his case raised several evidentiary issues for the State. As a result, we prevailed in having the OVI charges dismissed with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
December 7, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Despite having a prior OVI, we saved our client from another OVI conviction by holding firm that the state lacked evidence that our client was impaired at the time he operated his vehicle. As a result, the OVI charges were dismissed with our client pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Chardon Municipal Court
November 28, 2023
OVI With Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
Although our client provided a breath test that was over the legal limit, we moved to suppress evidence in his case due to several issues with his traffic stop. Through exercising this leverage, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with him pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This saved him from high points to his license, a year-long license suspension, and the implications of having an OVI on his record.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
November 16, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI by the Independence police department. After an extensive investigation into the charges and negotiations with the prosecutor, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. She pled to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Garfield Heights Municipal Court
November 16, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed - License Suspension Avoided - Job Saved:
Our client received an OVI Charge while at Put-in-Bay. He was particularly concerned about the charges impact on his job as a firefighter. We were able to get his OVI dismissed with him pleading to a non-moving citation instead without any license suspension or points on his license. As a result, his job was saved.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
November 16, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed Despite Prior OVIs:
We kept the pressure on the State regarding their response to our discovery response after teh State Trooper claimed he did not have any dash cam video of the traffic stop. As a result, despite our client have prior OVI's, we obtained a dismissal of her OVI charges with her pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Lorain Municipal Court
November 15, 2023
Criminal Damaging Charges Dismissed:
A city charged our client with criminal damaging, claiming she purposely damaged another vehicle by opening her door into the other vehicle. We scheduled the case for a trial and achieved a dismissal of the charges.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
November 14, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was pulled over for failing to use his turn signal 100 feet prior to making a lane change, though he did use a turn signal. We provided an aggressive defense and obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. He plead to a non-moving citation instead, saving him from a year-long license suspension and points to his license.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
November 14, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed After High Breath Test:
Although our client provided a breath test that was over the legal limit, we marshalled together legal and mitigating arguments for her with teh court and prosecutor to obtain a dismissal of her OVI charges.
  
Garfield Heights Municipal Court
November 2, 2023
OVI Golf Cart Charges Dismissed:
The Ohio OVI statutes prohibit operating any vehicle, streetcar or trackless trolley within the state, if impaired. Notice, this is not limited to motor vehicles, but applies to any vehicles. Revised code 4511.01 includes within the definition of "vehicle" just about anything that a person or property may be transported or drawn upon. Notice too that the statute says "within the state," which includes private property. Some courts will treat operating a golf cart differently than operating a car, but others treat them exactly the same. The court this case was in treats them the same. In our client's case, he was stopped because he did not use a turn signal while operating a golf cart. This quickly escalated into OVI charges. However, using our experience, we were able to get the OVI charges dismissed.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 27, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed After Incomplete Advisements:
When a person is arrested for an OVI, the police must read statutorily required advisements before asking the person to agree to take a chemical test. In this case, teh police officer only read about half of the required advisements. By pushing for the breath test to be inadmissable as a result, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 25, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After our client was charged with an OVI, we investigated and discovered issues with the charges. By presenting these issues along with mitigating facts, we obtained a dismissal of the charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Put-in-Bay Mayor's Court
October 20, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with a second-in-ten OVI and provided a high-level breath test. However, by uncovering and presenting material discovered in the police reports and video, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. He pled to traffic citations instead, avoiding all jail time, high points to his license and any driver’s license suspension.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
October 19, 2023
OVI Charges Completely Dismissed:
Sometimes the best strategy is to use the State's evidence against the State. After our client was charged with an OVI, we showed that the evidence the state collected actually proved our client was not impaired. As a result, the OVI charges were completely dismissed.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 18, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
During a traffic stop, our client refused to be tested - which can often be the wise choice. For our client, it was because it allowed us to point out a lack of evidence of impairment. As a result, we obtained a dismissal of his OVI with him pleading to traffic citations instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
October 18, 2023
Second Lifetime OVI Charges Dismissed:
After our client was charged with an OVI, we conducted an investigation, including the use of an expert, into the traffic stop. After presenting issues to the prosecutor through a suppression motion, we reached an agreement to dismiss the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
October 5, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
By identifying issues with the State's OVI case against our client, we achieved a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client simply pleading to a minor misdemeanor traffic citation with a fine of $150 instead, saving him from an OVI on his record, any jail time and any license suspension.
  
Sandusky County Court District 2 - Woodville
October 5, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped and accused of distracted driving, but also charged with an OVI after providing a breath test. We were able to get a dismissal of the OVI charges, however, after a thorough investigation into his case as presentation of issues with the traffic stop to the prosecutor and judge.
  
Sandusky County Court - Clyde
September 26, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Extensive investigations into the OVI charges against our client revealed several issues with the State's case. By presenting these issues and proactively working with our client, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
September 19, 2023
OVI Charges After Tip Dismissed:
Our client was stopped after a caller allegedly reported reckless driving and speeding. The State, however, failed to provide us with audio of that call. We kept the pressure on, filing a motion to compel and for discovery sanctions. This pressure, in conjunction with a thorough investigation of the evidence that was provided, assisted us in obtaining a dismissal of his OVI charges. He pled to a non-moving traffic citation instead, saving him from points to his license, a one-year license suspension, jail time and the impact of an OVI on his record.
  
Portage County Municipal Courts
September 12, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Although our client was charged with an OVI, through a complete investigation of her charges and with strategic planning, we obtained a dismissal of the charges with her agreeing to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Berea Municipal Court
September 7, 2023
Hit and Skip Charges Dismissed:
Our client was accused of running a stop sign, causing another driver to swerve off the road. Our client found himself charged with hit-and-skip charges, which in addition to fines and jail time, would have brought a license suspension. We successfully argued that the hit-and-skip statute did not apply to him because his vehicle did not hit anything. As a result, the charges were dismissed.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
September 6, 2023
Yet Another OVI Dismissed:
Our client was charge with an OVI after he was stopped for speeding, subjected to field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. Through an extensive investigation of the allegations, police reports and video, we submitted a motion to suppress much of the evidence the State planned to use in their case. At the hearing over our motion, the prosecution gave in yet again - offering a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client merely pleading to traffic citations instead.
  
Stow Municipal Court
September 5, 2023
OVI Charges After Accident Dismissed:
Our client was involved in a single vehicle accident. When the police arrived, an OVI investigation followed. Through extensive negotiations, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges, with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
September 1, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for a license plate light and then found himself undergoing an OVI investigation with standardized field sobriety tests and a breath test that was over-the-limit. However, upon our review we discovered that the field sobriety tests were not conducted correctly and the breath test result was actually an invalid result. By proceeding to a suppression motion hearing, we achieved a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client simply pleading to a minor misdemeanor traffic citation instead.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
August 30, 2023
Over-the-Limit OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for speeding but soon found herself undergoing standardized field sobriety tests and providing a breath test at the police station. Despite the test being over the limit, active negotiations with the prosecutor resulted in a dismissal of the OVI charges. With our client pleading to a mere non-moving citation instead, she saved herself from points to her license and the impact of an OVI on her record.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
August 29, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed Entirely:
The police stopped our client because his taillights were not on. He was unfamiliar with the car because it was a rental. Despite being 71 years of age and having medical conditions, the police made him submit to standardized field sobriety tests, arrested him and had him provide a breath test. By raising several issues regarding the traffic stop and OVI investigation, we obtained a complete dismissal of the OVI charges with our merely pleading to the taillight citation.
  
Vermilion Municipal Court
August 29, 2023
OVI Charges After Refusal Dismissed:
The police followed our client, claiming he was weaving and crossed a marked lane. They used this as justification for initiating a traffic stop that led to OVI charges. By thoroughly investigating the traffic stop, we discovered multiple issues, including video footage showing he went on but not over the marked lane. At a suppression hearing, the case was resolved with a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This saved him from points to his license, an OVI on his record and a year-long license suspension.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
August 24, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
When we obtained discovery material for our client who was charged with an OVI, we discovered substantial issues with the traffic stop as well as field sobriety tests. By raising arguments related to these issues, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
August 22, 2023
Marijuana OVI Dismissed:
The police conducted a traffic stop of our client, arrested him, had him provide a urine sample and charged him with an OVI. The urine sample came back showing THC metabolites over the legal limit. By keeping the pressure on the state regarding their response to our discovery requests and utilizing various issues we uncovered regarding the stop, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
August 9, 2023
Obstructing Official Business Charges Dismissed:
Our client was involved in a traffic stop during which the officer claimed she interfered with the stop. As a result, she was charged with obstructing official business. We leveraged potential language barriers, our client's otherwise clean record and other facts regarding the traffic stop to obtain a completed dismissal of all charges against her.
  
Avon Lake Municipal Court
August 9, 2023
Over-the-Limit OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after a traffic stop during which an over-the-limit breath test sample was supplied. However, we raised multiple issues regarding the traffic stop through a suppression motion. By raising these issues, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
August 8, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
During a routine traffic stop, our client was subjected to field sobriety tests and then charged with an OVI. By investigating the matter, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead. This saved her from, among other things, and OVI to her record and high points to her license.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
August 8, 2023
OVI Charges with Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
After being stopped for an alleged marked lanes violation, submitting to field sobriety tests, and providing an over-the-limit breath test result, our client was charged with an OVI. We arrived at court prepared to proceed with a suppression motion hearing when we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client accepting a traffic citation instead. In addition to saving him from having an OVI on his record, he was able to walk out of court without any driver's license suspension.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
July 19, 2023
OVI Charges After Accident Dismissed:
Our client was involved in a singe-vehicle accident, transported to the hospital, tested and charged with an OVI. Through a thorough investigation and presentation of the State's lack of evidence of impairment (as opposed to a concussion for example), we obtained a complete dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client was also offered a diversion for the failure to control charge, resulting in all charges being dismissed.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
July 11, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed, CDL Saved:
Our client faced a disqualification of his commercial driver's license after he was charged with an OVI. We appealed that disqualification to put it on pause and engaged in extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, applying all leverage that we could, to obtain a dismissal of his OVI charges and vacating his administrative license suspension to not only save him from the OVI, but to also protect his CDL and his career.
  
Bedford Municipal Court
June 22, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
We obtained a dismissal of OVI charges, despite a prior OVI conviction and positive test, with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Ottawa County Municipal Court
June 12, 2023
OVI Charges with Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
After being stopped for allegedly committing a marked lanes violation, our client found herself subjected to field sobriety tests, arrested and providing a breath sample that was over-the-limit. Despite this, we obtained a dismissal of the the charges with her pleading to a traffic citation instead. This resulted, at the first court date, with her walking out of court with her license and no jail time.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
June 8, 2023
OVI Charges With Over-the-Limit Test Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an OVI after another person hit his vehicle. By thoroughly investigating his case, and showing that the alleged signs of impairment were more likely due to a concussion he suffered, an agreement was reached to dismiss the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation. This protected his record and his driver's license.
  
Cleveland Municipal Court
May 31, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed After Accident:
Our client was alleged to have had an accident with a police car. He then quickly found himself subjected to field sobriety tests and charged with an OVI. We obtained a dismissal of the OVI charge, with him pleading to a non-moving traffic citation instead. This saved him from points to his license, a year long license suspension, and any jail or drivers intervention programs.
  
Berea Municipal Court
May 26, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Once again, with through preparation, we obtained a dismissal of OVI charges with our client pleading to a traffic citation instead.
  
Parma Heights Mayor's Court
May 25, 2023
Over-the-Limit OVI Charges After Accident Dismissed:
Our client was involved in a single-vehicle accident and left the scene as a family member arranged for a tow. She was called back to the scene by the police, put through field sobriety tests, provided a breath test and was cited with an OVI. By raising issues regarding the intervening time and method by which the field sobriety tests were conducted, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charge with our client pleading to a non-moving citation. This saved her from high points to her license, an OVI on her record and a year-long license suspension.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
May 8, 2023
Third Lifetime OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a first-in-ten OVI, but a third-lifetime OVI. He also refused the breath tests, which potentially doubled the mandatory minimum penalties. Despite this, we were able to obtain a dismissal to all of the OVI citations with a plea to a non-moving citation instead.
  
Parma Municipal Court
April 25, 2023
OVI Charges as a Result of an Accident Dismissed:
Our client was involved in a roll-over accident after which she found herself charged with an OVI. By thoroughly investigating her case, raising multiple issues regarding the lack of evidence of impairment, and through intensive negotiations we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client pled simply to a failure to control citation and a speeding citation. As a result, she was saved from an OVI conviction on her record, a license suspension, any jail time or driver's intervention programs, and high points to her license, which would have been the result of an OVI conviction.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
April 18, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
By quickly and thoroughly investigating our client's case, we obtained the dismissal of the OVI charges with a plea to a traffic citation instead. We saved him from jail, a three-day driver's intervention program, high points to his license and a license suspension.
  
Painesville Municipal Court
April 11, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
After being charged with an OVI, our client contacted us for representation. We aggressively represented her, obtaining a dismissal of the OVI, with her pleading to a non-moving citation. As a result, she walked out of court without a license suspension or points to her driving record.
  
Berea Municipal Court
April 6, 2023
Refusal OVI Charges Dropped:
After being stopped for allegedly speeding, our client was charged with an OVI. He performed standardized field sobriety tests and refused a breath test at the station. Negotiations resulted in an agreement to drop the OVI charges to traffic citations, saving our client from a year-long license suspension, 6 points to his driving record and the consequences of having an OVI on his record.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
March 28, 2023
OVI Charged Dismissed:
Our client was stopped for expired license plates but he quickly found the stop escalated into a DUI investigation and charge. We raised several issues regarding the stop and, in particular, the decision to expand and prolong the stop into an investigation. These arguments resulted in a dismissal of the OVI charge with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This saved him from a year-long license suspension, any jail time and points to his license.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
March 27, 2023
OVI and Hit/Skip Charges Dismissed:
Our client was charged with a hit-and-skip (a first-degree misdemeanor) and OVI after allegedly hitting a mailbox and testing over the legal limit. We were proactive, investigating the charges and helping to put her in the best possible position to reach a resolution. This approach was successful, resulting in the dismissal of these charges with her pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This protected her driving record from any points and saved her from a mandatory one-year license suspension.
  
North Ridgeville Mayor's Court
March 22, 2023
OVI Charges Dropped:
After allegedly going through a red light, our client was stopped, subjected to field sobriety tests and charged with an OVI. We raised issues regarding the investigation as well as many mitigating factors for our client and as a result, the OVI charges were dropped.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
March 21, 2023
OVI Charges Dropped for CDL Driver:
A person who holds an Ohio CDL (Commercial Driver's License) is subject to a one-year disqualification after a first-time OVI and a lifetime disqualification after a second OVI. Our client had three OVI's on his record; however, due to the timing of the first two they did not count against his CDL. However, if received another OVI he would lose his CDL, and as a result his career, for life. We raised many issues regarding his traffic stop and, as a result, obtained a dismissal of the new OVI charges with him pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This, along with having the administrative license suspension vacated, was necessary to save his CDL.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
March 14, 2023
OVI Charges Dropped:
After allegations of crossing marked traffic lines and providing a breath sample that was over the legal limit, our client was charged with OVIs. We got those OVI's dropped with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. Within two months of the citation, he walked out of court with his driver's license in hand and no license suspension, he avoided high points to his license and any jail time, and he had the $475 reinstatement fee waived.
  
Sandusky Municipal Court
March 13, 2023
THC OVI Dismissed:
The police initiated a traffic stop of our client because they claimed her license plate light was out at about 3:30am. The traffic stop quickly escalated to OVI and marijuana possession charges. When urine test results came in, an additional charge was brought for being over the legal limit of THC metabolites. After a thorough investigation of the case, we raised issues that resulted a dismissal of the OVI charges. Our client pled instead to a non-moving violation. As a result, she received no points to her driver's license, no license suspension and no jail. She also protected her good record.
  
Fremont Municipal Court
March 9, 2023
OVI With Urine Tests Dismissed:
After a head-on accident, our client was transported to the hospital. A state trooper initiated an investigation at the hospital and ultimately charged our client with an OVI and performed a urine test that came back with positive results. After a thorough investigation and filing multiple motions, we achieved a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation. As a result, she avoided points to her license, a year-long license suspension and did not have to serve any time in jail or at a driver's intervention program.
  
Ashtabula County Court - Western
March 1, 2023
OVI Charges Dismissed:
Our client found himself subjected to field sobriety tests after the police arrived at his vehicle due to a report of a suspicious vehicle. We raised issues regarding the initial involvement of the police, signs of impairment and the conditions under which the field sobriety tests were conducted. By doing so, we achieved a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client pleading to a non-moving citation instead. This saved him from any jail, from the driver's intervention program, from points to his license and a year-long license suspension.
  
Rocky River Municipal Court
February 28, 2023
OVI Charges Completely Dismissed:
The police initiated a traffic stop of our client due to tinted windows, though the stop escalated into an OVI citation. Our investigation revealed that symptoms of anxiety during the stop were misinterpreted as signs of impairment. Leveraging this evidence, we obtained a complete dismissal of the OVI charges with our client merely pleading to the tinted windows citation with a fine of $10.00.
  
Stow Municipal Court
February 27, 2023
Over-the-Limit OVI Charges Dismissed:
Despite our client providing an over-the-limit breath test, we investigated her charges and allegations to uncover several issues with the traffic stop. As a result, we were able to obtain a dismissal of the OVI charges with her pleading to a traffic offense instead. This saved her from high points on her license, an OVI on her record, and she walked out of court with her license and no suspension.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
February 24, 2023
Assault Charges Completely Dismissed:
Our client was charged with an assault after an altercation with a girlfriend in his home. Despite the prosecution initially demanding a plea and a month in jail, we uncovered substantial credibility issues with the "victim." As a result, all charges against our client were completely dismissed.
  
Norwalk Municipal Court
February 24, 2023
CDL Saved After Second Lifetime Over-the-Limit OVI Charges:
Our client was charged with a second life-time OVI with an over-the-limit breath test of 0.162. His priority to was to save his commercial driver's license which was subject to an automatic disqualification after an OVI. To accomplish this, we achieved an order vacating his administrative license suspension due to issues we raised with the ALS form. We then entered into extensive negotiations with the prosecutor involving the arresting officer and judge to reach an agreement pleading down the OVI and avoiding any license suspension. As a result, we not only saved our client from an OVI conviction but we also protected his CDL and his livelihood.
  
Elyria Municipal Court
February 14, 2023
High BAC OVI Charges Dismissed:
After being stopped for allegedly driving without headlights on, our client found herself subjected to SFSTs and giving a breath test that the police claimed was over twice the legal limit. However, through thorough preparation and extensive investigations, we obtained a dismissal of the OVI charges with our client accepting a non-moving citation instead. This saved her from points to her license and from a year-long license suspension, not to mention the problems an OVI would cause for her employment.
  
North Ridgeville Mayor's Court
February 8, 2023
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