Franklin County, Ohio – Reduction of OVI charge, First Degree Misdemeanor

Charge: OVI, First Degree Misdemeanor (maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine).

Facts: Client was pulled over for a marked lanes traffic violation after he allegedly drove outside marked lanes on a public road. Client was subjected to several field sobriety tests (FST’s) by the officer. After performing the FST’s, the client was arrested for drunk driving, taken to the police station and asked to take a breathalyzer test. Client refused to take the breathalyzer test.

Result: At the arraignment I was able to successfully negotiate a reduction of the OVI charge to a charge of Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated. The reduced charge is not a moving violation and, therefore, the client did not get any points on his license from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).