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It’s Saturday, so you know I have an update for you about check points for today. Below I’ve posted a part of an email from The Ohio State Highway Patrol with details about the check point in Cuyahoga County tonight. It will run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As always, we are posting this because we want you to drive safe. The police are cracking down on drunk driving this summer. Should you get in a sticky situation, contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net and I’ll help you make sure you have the proper OVI/DUI defense. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

Here are the details from The Ohio State Highway Patrol:

Cuyahoga County
The Elyria Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Cleveland Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight at Denison Avenue and West 54th Street in the city of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County.

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As an update to the blog post yesterday about check points for this weekend, we got an email from The Ohio State Highway Patrol this afternoon with more details.

For Northeast Ohio, the important point of note is they will be doing a check point in Cuyahoga County Saturday night, but will not say the exact location until Saturday morning. We’ll update that as soon as we find out. Below is the text of the news release they sent outlining check points for tonight and updates for tomorrow. As always, if you have questions about OVI/DUI in Ohio, contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. Have a good weekend and drive safely.

The exact locations of the tonight’s checkpoints are listed below.

Jefferson County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Steubenville Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on State Route 7, near milepost 17, in the city of Steubenville in JeffersonCounty.

Clark County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on US 40, east of US 68, in the Springfield Township in Clark County.

Scioto County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on State Route 73, near milepost 22, in the WashingtonTownship in SciotoCounty.

Geauga County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Chester Township Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to Midnight tonight on US 322, near milepost 1, in Chester Township in Geauga County.

Wayne County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wooster Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight near 1147 Akron Road in the city of Wooster in WayneCounty.

OVI checkpoints scheduled for Saturday night will take place in Huron, Allen, Belmont, Lawrence and Cuyahoga Counties. The exact locations of these checkpoints will be announced tomorrow morning.

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. If you drink and drive, you will be arrested!

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Happy Thursday, Northeast Ohio. As always, I spent this afternoon hitting the phones and talking with local police to find out where the check points will be this weekend.

While this is from today, you’ll want to check back tomorrow for an update. In the meantime, here are the areas in Northeast Ohio with check points for the weekend of August 27-29. As always, don’t drink and drive.

Akron/Summit County – Saturday, August 28th: The University of Akron area; we’re still working to get an exact location. Contact us if you hear more.
Cleveland – Saturday, August 28th: They will be doing one on 54th and Dennison from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Maple Heights – Saturday, August 28th: They will have one on Warrensville Center Road from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
South Euclid – Friday, August 27th: They will be doing one on Mayfield Road from 11p.m. to 2 a.m.

The following areas will NOT have a check point this weekend – as of this post. Extra information is included if they are considering one or haven’t shared details.

Avon
Beachwood
Bedford
Berea – No word yet, but told us to call back tomorrow.
Cleveland Heights
Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department – Most likely not running one, however they will be out and about around West 6th this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.
Elyria – They don’t run their own; the Ohio Highway Patrol is in charge of the area.
Garfield Heights
Vermillion
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – None scheduled on Friday, will update Saturday if we hear differently.
Lyndhurst
Mayfield Heights
Medina City
Mentor – They never do one and shared that they don’t plan on doing one.
North Olmsted
North Ridgeville
Parma
Shaker Heights
Solon
Seville
University Heights
Wadsworth
Warren – We will have to call back; left them a message today.
Westlake

One more point of note: While these areas are generally out of my region, I also know that Jefferson, Clark, Geauga, Scioto and Wayne counties will be having a checkpoint on Friday. The exact location and time will not be known until Friday morning. I will update if I get additional informaiton.

If you need more information on DUI/OVI in Ohio, please feel free to contact me by commenting on the blog below or simply emailing me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. We handle DUI/OVI cases on a daily basis, so if you need legal help, let me know. You can also find out more about Taubman Law and our DUI/OVI practice at CuyahogaCountyDUI.com.

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This question comes up a lot. Everybody has heard the story about the guy who gets a DUI in a bar parking lot.

Whenever people talk about this situation I always ask them about the key factor. The thing is, if you’re drunk and you’re operating a vehicle – the first step of which is putting the key in the ignition – then you can get yourself in trouble. It’s not illegal to be drunk in a car, but if the key is even in your pocket, the law gets gray very quickly.

The other question I get asked is about sleeping it off – I.E. someone who has the car running while they rest and sober up. If a police officer wishes, this is a situation where someone can get an OVI. Again, with the key in the ignition, trouble is brewing.

One other note on this topic: You can also get yourself in trouble after you’re done driving intoxicated. I know of cases where someone has walked into a police station intoxicated and told police they drove there. Plain and simple, this is a confession.

My solution: Be careful and ponder your state before you get into the car. Don’t put yourself in the position where something can be used against you in court. If you feel like you need to sleep it off, get a taxi and a motel room. If you’re reading this because you’re already dealing with a legal problem, contact me (briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net) and we can discuss your options.

Need more information about DUI/OVI in Ohio? Feel free to comment on any of my blogs or contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. You can also find out more about our DUI/OVI practice at CuyahogaCountyDUI.com.

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This is the second update of my check points list for this weekend, as it’s pretty obvious the Ohio State Highway Patrol is taking serious its summer campaign ‘Over the Limit. Under Arrest.’

There will be five more check points tonight, including one in Portage County. The one in Portage County will take place from 9 pm. to 3 a.m. on State Route 43, near milepost 21.

Drive safe this weekend. Here’s the information on check points for tonight, copied from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s press release.

Wood County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Haskins Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight on State Route 64, just north of State Route 582, in the village of Haskins in Wood County.

Portage County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the Streetsboro Police Department, the Aurora Police Department and the Brimfield Township Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight on State Route 43, near milepost 21, at the Aurora/Streetsboro corporation limit in Portage County.

Crawford County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Bucyrus Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight on Marion Road, just south of Beal Road, in the city of Bucyrus in Crawford County.

Hamilton County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Police Department and the Hamilton County OVI Task Force, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight on Riverside Drive near St. Andrews Street in the city of Cincinnati in Hamilton County. A second checkpoint will be held from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight on Delta Avenue, just north of US 52 in the city of Cincinnati in Hamilton County.

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As an update on yesterday’s post about check points for the weekend of August 20-22, I have received a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol with more details about the Lorain County OVI check point. It will be from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. this evening on Lorain Road west of Lear Nagle Road in the city of North Ridgeville.

As always, drive safe this weekend.

Here is the information from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s press release:

The exact locations of the tonight’s checkpoints are listed below.

Defiance County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Defiance Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. tonight on State Route 111 (Clinton Street), near milepost 6, in the city of Defiance in Defiance County.

Lorain County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the North Ridgeville Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on Lorain Road west of Lear Nagle Road in the city of North Ridgeville in LorainCounty.

Scioto County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Portsmouth Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on US 52, near milepost 22, in the city of Portsmouth in Scioto County.

Mahoning County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Youngstown Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to Midnight tonight near 2600 South Avenue in the city of Youngstown in MahoningCounty.

Logan County
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, the Russell’s Point Police Department and the Washington Township Police Department, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight on State Route 235, along the west side of Indian Lake near Oldfield Beach, in Stokes Township in Logan County. The Logan County outpost of the Ohio Department of Transportation will assist at the checkpoint location with safety equipment, lighting and signage to warn motorists.

OVI checkpoints scheduled for Saturday night will take place in Wood, Portage, Hamilton and Crawford counties. The exact locations of these checkpoints will be announced tomorrow morning.

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The weather has cooled a little bit heading into this weekend in Northeastern Ohio, meaning we can all go outside without fear of melting.

But a nicer weekend won’t change the emphasis local police have put on stopping drinking and driving.

Here’s our weekly list of check points broken down by areas we know about for this weekend and areas that we know about for future weekends. We’re still waiting on confirmation on a few spots, so this will be updated as soon as the information is available. As always, if you have a city in Northeast Ohio you’re wondering about, please let us know.

Please, drive safely this weekend.

Northeast Ohio checkpoints for the weekend of August 20-22:

Findlay – I was informed they will be doing checks on any driver they suspect of driving under the influence. When asked of a specific location, the officer did not give one. Please be careful in Findley, don’t drink and drive.

Garfield Heights – A Friday check point will be on Broadway around I-480, an exact time was not given.

Lorain County – They will be running one on Friday night, exact location will be known Friday afternoon.

On the lookout:

Cleveland – The city of Cleveland has a checkpoint scheduled for the 28th of August at 54th and Dennison.

Parma: Could potentially have a check point on Labor Day. We’ll update you as we find out more.

Seville – We haven’t been able to get confirmation from them one way or another for this weekend, so we will update this blog as soon as we do.

The following areas will NOT have a check point this weekend:

Akron/Summit County
Avon
Beachwood
Bedford
Berea
Cleveland
Cleveland Heights
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department*
Elyria
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol
Lyndhurst
Mayfield Heights
Maple Heights
Medina City
Mentor
Parma
South Euclid
Shaker Heights
Solon
University Heights
Vermillion
Wadsworth
Warren
Westlake

*Most likely not running one, however they will be out and about around West 6th this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio

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The weekend is upon us at last, and I know the foodies in Cleveland will be out at the Feast of the assumption in Little Italy.

But before you go out and paint the town whatever color it is you like, make sure you’re driving safe. First, remember that parties attract cops; it’s just the way things are. So know that the police will be keeping an eye on the feast. Beyond that, here’s our weekly list of check points in the Northeast Ohio area. As always, drop me an e-mail or comment below if your area isn’t on here.

Be safe.

Northeast Ohio check points for August 13-15:

Cleveland Heights: This is not official, but they are discussing options for a safer Feast of the assumption event this weekend. Either way, they will have an increased force out.

On the lookout:

Akron/Summit County: We left a message with the Sherriff’s Department on this matter and will update you as soon as we hear back.

Cleveland: The city of Cleveland has a checkpoint scheduled for the 28th of August at 54th and Dennison.

Lakewood: The city of Lakewood never runs a check point, but they work with the Ohio Highway Patrol. When the patrol runs one, they will give you information that day if you call 1-877-772-8765.

The following areas will NOT be having a check point:

Akron
Avon
Beachwood
Bedford
Berea
Cleveland
Garfield Heights
Hudson
Lyndhurst
Maple Heights
Mayfield Heights
Mentor
Parma
Shaker Heights
Solon
South Euclid
University Heights
Vermilion
Westlake

Need more information about DUI/OVI in Ohio? Feel free to comment on any of my blogs or contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. You can also find out more about our DUI/OVI practice at CuyahogaCountyDUI.com.

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One of the first things people ask me when they get arrested for DUI or OVI is, ‘What’s going to happen to me?’

This is an understandable concern. To understand what the possible consequences of a conviction or a guilty plea are, you have to consider the severity of your offense. While I would recommend immediately contacting a lawyer who can fully explain the legal process to you, here’s a brief overview of the myriad Ohio DUI penalties. Remember, while there are certain minimum penalties, the judge ultimately determines the appropriate sentence.

First DUI conviction in six years AND low test (meaning below .170 on breathalyzer)  
This is a misdemeanor of the 1st degree and can mean:

  • Minimum of three days in jail or a driver intervention program with probation. The maximum is six months in jail.
  • Treatment may be ordered.
  • Minimum $375 fine. Maximum $1,075 fine.
  • A class five license suspension (six months to 3 years).
  • Driving privileges after 15 days unless you refuse to blow at the station, in which case it becomes 30 days.
  • Restricted plates and interlock system are both optional.

While none of those consequences sound appealing, things get worse if you blew a high test (meaning above .170) or have been convicted in the last 20 years and refused to blow on this occasion.

First DUI conviction in six years AND high test or prior conviction and refusal
This is also a misdemeanor of the 1st degree and can mean:

  • Minimum of three days in jail or a driver intervention program with probation. The maximum is six months in jail.
  • Treatment may be ordered.
  • Minimum $375 fine. Maximum $1,075 fine.
  • A class five license suspension (six months to 3 years).
  • Driving privileges after 15 days.
  • Mandatory yellow license plates (DUI plates) and interlock device.

Things only get worse from there. While we won’t go into every potential detail of a severe conviction, this level of consequence begins with people found guilty of their fourth or fifth DUI in six years or sixth in 20 years. Things can escalate from there based on whether the person had a high test breathalyzer, has even more DUIs and the like, but, believe me, the resulting sentences aren’t pretty.

Consequences of severe DUI conviction
This is a felony-level conviction and can mean:

  • Jail time of 120 days to five years.
  • A fine range of $1,350-$10,000.
  • Driving privileges after 3 years.
  • Mandatory treatment.
  • Mandatory yellow license plates and interlock device.

As you can see, penalties differ based on current and past circumstances (want an extreme example? How about the man who was put in jail for life after his ninth DUI conviction.) Moreover, being underage will also affect potential penalties. For an even broader scope of potential penalties, you can visit our Cuyahoga County DUI site or see an exhaustive overview at ovilaw.com.  Moreover, many of these consequences come with ranges or an option determined by the legal system, so having a lawyer with experience in these cases is an absolute must.

Need more information about DUI/OVI in Ohio? Feel free to comment on any of my blogs or contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. You can also find out more about our DUI/OVI practice at CuyahogaCountyDUI.com.

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Before we jump into this week’s checkpoints, I want to remind everyone that this week is one of Cleveland’s most popular fests, Krusty’s Summer Sauce Camp at Whiskey Island. The annual day festival features music, drinking, drinking and, well, drinking. The whole thing is in the name of charity, which I like, and you get a great view of the lake from the island. But just because it ends at dusk doesn’t mean DUI/OVI laws won’t be enforced. I recommend a taxi or a designated driver. I’ll tell you right now, there will be cops in the area.

(Another interesting note about Krusty’s Summer Sauce Camp: Everybody’s favorite Cleveland DUI/OVI lawyer will be stopping by.)

Now for a list of Northeast Ohio checkpoints for the weekend of August 6-8. As a reminder, I compile this list myself based on high traffic areas. If you have an area you’d like me to research, e-mail me or comment below.

Akron / Summit County Sheriff – Unable to get a response from the Sherriff’s department for this week. Our apologies. Please drive safe.

Avon – No

Beachwood – No

Bedford- No

Berea - Yes, at Beach and Bagley roads from 11:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M.

Cleveland – No, but the city will have on the 28th of August on 54th and Dennison

Cleveland Heights – No

Findley – No

Garfield Heights – No

Hudson – No

Lakewood – No, be careful on I-90, as Highway Patrol will be out.

Lyndhurst – No

Maple Heights – No

Mayfield Heights – No

Mentor – No

Parma – No

Shaker Heights – No

Solon – No

South Euclid – No

University Heights – No

Vermillion – No

Westlake – No

One last point of note this week: There was a check point in South Euclid last weekend, when, unfortunately, the Ohio OVI Blog didn’t get a listing from that area. I’ve included this piece from Cleveland.com. They checked more than 250 cars, showing how intense these things can be. Make sure you’re being safe out there.

Need more information about DUI/OVI in Ohio? Feel free to comment on any of my blogs or contact me at briantaubman[at]Taubmanlaw.net. Want information about another city in Northeast Ohio? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add your area to my weekly list.