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OK, so details about checkpoints for this upcoming weekend are pouring in now. Below you will find the information we have about checkpoints in Cleveland, Columbus, Bratenhal, Portage County, Ravenna, Walton Hills and Zanesville the next few days.

As always, the easiest way to avoid getting caught driving drunk is to designate a driver when you go out.

Cleveland – The city will be running one tonight (Thursday) at Broadway Ave. and Baxter Ave. It will start at 9 pm and end at 1 am.

Bratenhal – There will be on Lakeshore and East 140th from 10 pm to 2 am Friday.

Portage County – There will be a checkpoint tonight at State Route 43, Portage county.

Ravenna – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will run one this week. They didn’t announce the day/date, but it will likely be Saturday. We’ll update you when we hear more.

Walton Hills – It looks like they will have one Friday from 9 pm to 2 am on Northfield Road.
Remember, we want you to drive safe, but we also want your rights to be protected. If you run into trouble with OVI/DUI law in Ohio, contact us and we’ll defend your rights.

And, our friends at Hastie Legal Offices in Columbus report that there will be a checkpoint Friday night in Mifflin Township. It will be on Westerville Road at Innis Road from 9 pm to 3 am.

Also, Zanesville will be having one in south Zanesville from 10 pm to 2 am. It will be in Newton Township on US 22, just south of the Wal-Mart.

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Hot Friday to you, Ohio. We hope you are reading this somewhere that’s nice and cool.

It looks like there aren’t any checkpoints in Northeast Ohio this weekend – at least none that we’ve heard about thus far. We’ll keep you updated if that changes. As for Central Ohio, we’re still waiting to hear back from all our contacts and will let you know if we hear anything.

In the meantime, people often ask us what cities we call in Northeast Ohio, so we’ve compiled our usual call list so you know.

Stay cool. We’ll post updates if we have any.

Broadview Heights
Brooklyn Heights
Cleveland Heights
Garfield Heights
North Ridgeville
Maple Heights
North Ridgeville
North Royalton
Olmsted Falls
Olmsted Township
Parma Heights
Rocky River
Seven Hills
Shaker Heights
South Euclid
University Heights
Valley View

We also call Cuyahoga, Stark, Summit and Portage County.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re either interested in OVI in Ohio, have recently been charged, know someone who has been charged or are just curious about the process.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI or OVI, your head is probably spinning as you ask yourself the normal questions: What are the next steps? How much trouble could I be in if convicted? How much will I spend trying to prove my innocence?

It’s OK. First, let’s take a deep breath. The legal process from here can be a bit tricky, so the next thing you need to is consult a lawyer who can help you navigate. Of course that, too, can be tough. If you type DUI lawyer into Google you’ll be overwhelmed with the results. How do you select one when so many come up? You take careful steps to pick an attorney who will act as a guide through the legal steps necessary to properly defend yourself. And to do that you need to create some standards before you hire anybody. To help with that I’ve created a troubleshooting guide.

Here are four questions you should be asking yourself as you look for a DUI or OVI attorney in the state of Ohio.

1. Are they concerned with aggressively fighting for you and your rights?

Many attorneys handle DUI cases like clockwork, looking to have you plea out at the first offer, meaning you’ll have a non-expungeable DUI on your record. While no outcome is guaranteed, your attorney should be helping you define a strategy that ensures someone is looking out for your long-term welfare. That means they should help you with a game plan that considers all of the options and explains the possibility of each.

2. Can this person explain the potential consequences and solutions in a way you understand?

Let me be honest with you: The legal world is the worst offender when it comes to jargon and technical speak. That can be tough when you are scared and have questions about what will happen to you. If an attorney can’t simply explain the process and your options to you, you’ll have a hard time being sure you were represented fairly. Find someone you can talk to through this difficult process.

3. Are you talking with your attorney?

It’s not a crime to be busy, but it’s certainly an insult when a lawyer is too busy to talk with you personally. If you’re in a tough spot, you should be able to get face to face interaction with your attorney when you want it. If you’ve tried to meet with your attorney and you ended up talking with someone else at the firm, or told to just send an e-mail, you’re at the wrong place.

4. Does this attorney have experience with DUI or OVI cases?

There are attorneys out there who are great at practicing everything from tax law to dispute resolution, but that doesn’t mean they know how to handle every case. Oftentimes people turn to an attorney they know or have used before in any situation, but that’s not always a good idea. You should always know the person representing you has experience in the practice area in which you have a need. I often use this example: Josh Cribbs is tremendous in the field of professional athletics, but I doubt I’d hire him to pitch a decisive game for the Indians. Different situations call for different expertise, so make sure you’re talking with someone who knows everything about DUI laws in the state of Ohio and understands the local legal system.

That’s all for this time. Feel free to ask a question in the comments field or contact one of our DUI lawyers. If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can contact someone from Taubman Law. If you’re in Central Ohio, contact one of our lawyers from Hastie Law Offices, LLC.

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Good Thursday evening to you, Ohio.

We have details on two checkpoints on Friday. The first one is in Akron on Friday night. The checkpoint will be on West Market Street from 10 pm to 2 am.

The second check point, from information from our friends at Hastie Law, will be in Columbus on W. Broad ST. just west of I-70 interchange. 9pm-3am.

As of now, these are the only posts we’ve received word on in the Northeast and central Ohio area. We will obviously circle back if we hear anything else.

Until then, enjoy the lovely weather.

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Happy Friday, Ohio.

We wanted to share with you some details we got on a checkpoint in Geauga County for tonight. There will be a checkpoint tonight from 9 pm to 12 am in Chester Township at USS 322, mile post 1.

For those that didn’t read our post yesterday, we mentioned a checkpoint in Parma tomorrow night.

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Geauga County – Chester Township USS 322 mile post 1 9 – 1200 I believe tonight

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Good Thursday to you, Ohio.

After a rocking three-day period on the site last weekend – we had more than 10,000 pageviews over the holiday! – we are back to get you started with information for this weekend.

As of right now, there is only one checkpoint scheduled this week in Northeast Ohio. Parma will be having one from 6 pm to 12 am on Saturday on Pearl Road.

We will continue to call police stations in the area for more details. Our good friends in Columbus are also actively reaching out to their police stations to put together a checkpoint list for central Ohio.

That’s all for today.

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Welcome back to the work week, Ohio. We hope you had a relaxing holiday.

We’re happy to start this week by reporting that the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a release today noting that the streets were more safe than usual this long weekend. According to the release, patrols made 26,010 enforcement stops from Friday, July 1, at midnight through Monday, July 4, at 11:59 a.m. This was an increase of 13.5 percent over previous years. In turn, 590 stops were for impaired driving, a decrease of 21 arrests from the holiday last year.

So while there were still many intoxicated drivers out there, it looks like more people made a responsible decision.

The whole team at the Ohio OVI Blog is happy about this report. As always, we want to help limit drunk driving as much as possible. That said, we are also willing to defend the rights of those arrested for OVI/DUI. If you need an attorney, contact either Taubman Law or Hastie Law Offices today.

That’s all for today. Have a great week.

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Happy Saturday, Ohio. As we mentioned in previous posts, the holiday weekend will have cops out in full force to stop intoxicated drivers. Our bright idea for handling this: Designate a driver if you’re going to drink.

Further proving our point that the cops will be out in strong numbers is a checkpoint in Cleveland tonight. It will take place at Superior Avenue and East 105 Street. It will begin at 9 pm and run through 11 pm.

This checkpoint information is in addition to the posts we did yesterday.

Here is our full post about Northeast Ohio.

Here is our full post about Columbus.

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Happy Friday, Ohio. We wanted to give you an update to our checkpoint lists from yesterday with some details.

First, the Euclid checkpoint for tonight will be somewhere between 200-222nd street, which is around the area where it was last weekend. They caught several intoxicated drivers in that one, so remember to designate a driver if you’re heading out this weekend. This checkpoint will be 11 pm to 3 am.

Second, Summit County will have a checkpoint in Coventry Township by Portage Lake tonight from 10 pm through 2 am.

Yesterday we did more detailed posts on checkpoints throughout Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about Northeast Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about the Columbus area.

Please celebrate America in a safe way this weekend. Aside from the checkpoints there will be saturation points all over Ohio as police look for intoxicated drivers. If you want to have a few drinks, please take a cab or designate a driver.

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