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We don't like to brag at Taubman Law, but occasionally we tip our own hat when we successfully defend one of our clients.

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This Labor Day weekend, troopers were cracking down on drug activity and aggressive drivers. Troopers made 263 drug arrests – more than a 32 percent increase – throughout the holiday reporting period of Midnight on Friday, August 30 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. In addition, aggressive driving citations were up more than 67 percent with 3,727 drivers cited and OVI arrests were up nine percent with 762 drivers arrested.

Labor Day weekend is historically known for being a dangerous time on Ohio roadways, and this year was no different. Despite the death of 13 people, who were killed in 11 crashes this year, Ohio experienced a decrease of a fatality when compared to 2012 when 14 people died in 14 crashes. Of those killed, three were attributed to an impaired driver and six were motorcyclists.

“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, superintendent of the Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”

The Patrol saw a significant increase in safety belt citations – with an increase of over 23 percent when compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than nine percent, with troopers stopping more than 29,000 vehicles in which a citation was issued.

For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement, please visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up we are planning an extensive checkpoint list for you this week. In the meantime, however, we want to remind you that drinking and driving isn’t safe and the cops are on the lookout for drunk drivers.

We do that by telling you about a case we had from last St. Patrick’s Day. We had a client who was pulled over in Solon for expired tags. Once pulled over, the police noticed signs of intoxication – I.E. smell of alcohol, glassy eyes and slurred speech. Our client admitted to drinking a beer and subsequently failed the sobriety test.

Taken to the police station, he blew a .175, which put in him in position to receive a Super DUI. As we’ve often mentioned, Super DUIs are quite damaging to your long-term record. Fortunately for our client, after a few court appearances we were able to negotiate the plea to a regular DUI. The client received no time in jail, no yellow plates and was able to get driving privileges within two weeks. Although at Taubman Law we pride ourselves on being able to beat nearly every OVI case we face, sometimes the best result still leaves a mark on the record.

This case is a good reminder for people about their rights. Remember, you never have to perform field sobriety tests. Also, sometimes it is better not to blow in the breathalyzer.

As always, if you have an OVI case you need help with, contact us today to make sure your rights are protected.

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At Taubman Law we never condone drinking and driving, but when people are arrested for OVI/DUI we also want to be sure their rights are protected. We recently had a case where a client was pulled over in Berea, Ohio, around 3 in the morning for following too closely. The defendant submitted to field sobriety tests, which he failed. At that time he was taken to the police station where he refused to take the breathalyzer test and received an ALS (academic license suspension) for one year, was charged with OVI and with following too closely. Unfortunately during his arrest he also complicated matters by trying to talk his way out of the situation with arresting officer.

Despite all of this, after numerous hearings – including a motion to suppress, Taubman Law was able to get the charges reduced to physical control (which adds no points on the license. Moreover, a few weeks later a motion was filed to terminate the ALS suspension, and that was granted.

At Taubman Law we are dedicated to helping our clients to the best result possible. If you have been charged with an OVI, don’t take the risk of taking the case on by yourself. Contact us to get the help you need.

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Our defendant was pulled over in Vermillion, Ohio, for speeding. After submitting to a field sobriety test and failing, the defendant was arrested and transported to the police station. At the station he refused the BAC and was subsequently charged with an OVI and an ALS suspension for a year.

After three appearances in court, various motions and extensive negotiations with the prosecutors office we were able to get the charges reduced to failure to control (zero points on the license). In addition, we were able to get our client very liberal occupational driving privileges during this time. We are currently working to get the court to drop his ALS suspension four months premature to the year.

Having a legal issue and need client service? Call Taubman Law and let us defend your rights.

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We recently helped make sure a client got the best result possible in Garfield Heights Municipal Court. Our client was facing a Tier Three DUI, which is two total OVIs within six years along with a refusal to blow. Needless to say, this was a grave concern for our client, and we worked hard to make sure we presented the best case possible. In the end, the charges were reduced to a first time defense, ensuring our client’s criminal record wasn’t heavily damaged. Moreover, this result will keep insurance rates from skyrocketing.

If you need attorneys who will fight for your rights, contact Taubman Law today. If you would like to start by asking a few questions, email Brian Taubman.