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imgresThe great meal is nearly upon us.

But before the great meal comes the great night out. With friends and family in town, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest days out every year.

This fact has not slipped by the sleuths at police stations across the state.

Cleveland has announced that it will have a checkpoint Wednesday night at Clark Avenue and West 30th Street. It will take place from 11 pm to 2 am.

Canton announced that it will have two checkpoints tonight. One in the 4500 block of Route 62 and the other in the 2900 block of State Route 172 in Canton Township.

Medina Township will also have one. It will be at State Route 18, East of Riverstyx road. It runs from 9:30 pm to 2 am tonight.

We also know that Montgomery County will have one Wednesday. It will be in Harrison Township from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exact location will be announced tomorrow.

We’ve also been told about a cornucopia of saturation points. Nearly every Northeast Ohio city or town will be participating in a DUI crackdown, so call your cab or designate your driver before the fireballs, car bombs and those fancy new shots with Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Jameson.

The following cities have shared that they are hosting saturation points:

Bedford
Berea
Broadview Heights
Brooklyn Heights
Brookpark
Cleveland
East Cleveland
Euclid
Garfield Heights
Lakewood
Maple Heights
Middleburg
Olmsted Falls
Orange
Parma
Parma Heights
Royalton
Solon
South Euclid
Strongsville
Warrensville Heights
Westlake

As always, our friends at Taubman Law provided us with this information. We say this every week, but I don’t know if you guys take us seriously: Call the team at Taubman Law when you need help. They handle OVI/DUI, workers’ comp and personal injury.

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In Ohio there are two instances where you can be given a breat test by a police officer. The first, the portable breath test, is generally administered during the initial traffic stop. Here’s what you need to know: This test is never mandatory and is not admissible in the court of law. Taking this test and failing will only lead to more evidence against you if you’re charged with OVI/DUI. There is no reason to consent to the portable DUI test.

If you fail this test, the officers will arrest you and take you back to the station to do another breath test on an approved device. Currently, there are two approved breath-testing devices in Ohio – The BAC Datamaster and the Intoxilyzer 5000. At this time you will be told you can blow or refuse. A refusal to blow at this point will be an automatic suspension of your license for a year and could have other repercussions if you have a CDL. If you choose to blow and are above the Ohio legal limit of .08, you will be charged with an OVI/DUI and booked. More importantly, if you are booked and have blown above .169 you will be charged with a Super DUI. It’s important to assess your own condition at this point.

Refusing to blow or blowing above the legal limit does not mean that you don’t have a chance to be found not guilty or have your charges reduced.

In the last year we’ve had two situations at Taubman Law where drivers have refused to take the breathalyzer at the station and another case where the driver blew above .169 in the station. We were able to work with each case and ensure the best result possible.

In first one, in Berea, the driver was pulled over for following too closely and submitted to a field sobriety test, which he failed. After a motion to suppress, we were able to get the charges knocked down to a reckless operation, our client was able to get his license back within nine months and was granted occupational driving privileges as soon as the statute allowed.

In another case,  we represented a person stopped in Vermillion for weaving and driving erratically. He failed his field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer. We were able to have his charges reduced to physical control, which carries no points and the client was allowed work privileges.

Finally, in a case where one of our clients blew above .169 and was charged with a Super DUI in Bedford, we were able to work a good plea accommodation. Charges were reduced to regular DUI and the client didn’t have to go through the embarrassment of having yellow ‘party’ plates or having an ignition lock. The client also served no days in jail and received driving privileges.

That’s all for this time. Feel free to ask a question in the comments field or contact me at briantaubman[at]taubmanlaw.net for more information. If you’re interested in my firm, Taubman Law, visit us at TaubmanLaw.net.

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It looks like we have one last weekend without checkpoints before the full swing of the checkpoint season begins. We called all of our usual places this week (see the list below) and heard no across the board for checkpoints this Friday and Saturday.

Reminder, there are already future ones scheduled across the area. As we previously reported, Akron/Summit County will have one April 29th, Elyria is scheduled to have one April 30 and Euclid has one on May 27. All of those dates were given to us as tentative.

Stay safe and enjoy the slightly warmer, less rainy weather this weekend. Let us know if we can offer you any legal help.

Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Broadview Heights – NO
Canton – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Chesterland – NO
Cuyahoga Falls – NO
Garfield Heights – NO
Euclid – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol
Independence – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO
Streetsboro – NO
Stark County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Strongsville – NO
South Euclid – NO
University Heights – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO
Willoughby – NO
Youngstown – NO

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Beginning today, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will once again conduct a Cuyahoga County Metro Initiative enforcement that aim to reduce crash and decrease criminal activity, according to a release last Friday.

During this campaign you will see a higher number of officers on the streets in Cuyahoga County

This means that troopers will focus on crash causing violations (Such as OVI/DUI), criminal patrol and drug intervention efforts. According to the release, this initiative will work with the following agencies: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid Police Department, Bratenahl Police Department, Rocky River Police Department, Westlake Police Department, Lakewood Heights Police Department, Beachwood Police Department, Bedford Police Department, Bedford Heights Police Department, Pepper Pike Police Department, Warrensville Heights Police Department, Oakwood Village Police Department, Orange Village Police Department, Lyndhurst Police Department, Mayfield Heights Police Department, Mayfield Village Police Department and Highland Heights Police Department.

Not that there’s ever a reason to drink and drive – there absolutely isn’t! – but hopefully knowledge about the additional enforcement in the area will make you designate a driver the next time you’re out and about.

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Happy Thursday to you, Northeast Ohio. Thanks for taking time out of your day to check out our checkpoint list for the weekend of April 15-17.

Let’s get right down to business. It looks like a quiet time for checkpoints, as we didn’t hear about any scheduled for this Friday or Saturday. There are a few areas we haven’t heard back from yet, but below are the places we called that said no for this week.

As we mentioned last week, Euclid, Elyria and Akron/Summit County will be having them later this month and in May, so be sure to come back to the Ohio OVI Blog for details.

Have a great weekend. Remember, you can contact us if you need help with an OVI case in Ohio.

Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Broadview Heights – NO

Canton – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Chesterland – NO
Garfield Heights – NO

Euclid – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol
Independence – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO
Streetsboro – NO

Stark County Sheriffs Department – NO
Strongsville – NO
Stow – No
South Euclid – No
University Heights – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO

Willoughby – NO
Youngstown – NO

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Good Thursday to you, Northeast Ohio. We hope the suddenly chilly weather hasn’t cooled your spirit for the upcoming summer.

For whatever it’s worth, we’re hotter than ever here at the Ohio OVI Blog. We hit the streets on St. Patty’s Day to share our story, and we ended up with some coverage in this week’s Cleveland Scene.

But, as fun as it is to get some publicity, we’re here with a mission: to share information about OVI laws and checkpoints in Ohio. So let’s get down to it. We made our usual list of calls this week, and there’s only one checkpoint scheduled thus far.

Cleveland will have one on March 25 (Friday). The checkpoint will be at St. Clair Avenue and E. 105th Street between 11 pm and 3 am.

Cleveland will also be having a license checkpoint early next week. We’ll share those details once they’re available.

Beyond that, we’ve listed below the other areas we called who either told us they aren’t having a checkpoint or who didn’t have details for us. Here’s your weekly reminder: Whether you’re traveling somewhere with a checkpoint or not, don’t drink and drive. Trust us, you can’t afford it.

Here’s the list of areas we called:

Akron/Summit County – No, Summit County there is one tentatively scheduled for April 29th. We will keep you informed when we know more.
Beachwood – No
Bedford – No
Berea – No
Brooklyn – No
Brooklyn Heights – No

Broadview Heights – No
Brecksville – No

Cleveland Heights – No
Chesterland – No
Elyria – No
Euclid – No

Garfield Heights – No
Kent – No

Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol.
Independence – No
Maple Heights – No
Medina – No

Mentor – No
Middleburg – No

North Ridgeville – No
North Royalton – No
Olmsted Falls – No
Olmsted Township – No
Parma – No
Parma Heights – No
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – No

Rocky River – No
Shaker Heights – No
Seven Hills – No
Seville – No

Streetsboro – No
Strongsville – No
South Euclid – No
University Heights – No
Wadsworth – No

Warren – No
Westlake – No

A couple of reminders for you this week: One, remember that this blog is not legal advice in anyway. We’re distributing public information, but you should contact an attorney if you need legal advice. Check out our About the blog page for more on that. Two, we have been getting a few emails with questions about our goal here at the Ohio OVI Blog. This is a reminder that we never encourage drinking and driving. Quite the opposite. We try to underscore the fact that police have tactics to catch drunk drivers and dealing with an OVI charge is not easy. Please, if you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Period.

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Well, the greenest holiday of the year is officially upon us and the fun has already begun. All over Northeast Ohio green beer is being poured and silly t-shirts are being worn.

Before you go out and join the fun, however, we wanted to take some time to share with you information about several checkpoints and potential checkpoints throughout the area on St. Patrick’s Day.

First and foremost, almost every single police station we talked to told us there would be saturation points Thursday, meaning that their force will be out in extra numbers.

Beyond that, three communities are having checkpoints that we know about.

Cleveland will have on downtown between 5 and 9 pm. This checkpoint will be located on Huron between West 3rd and West 6th Streets.

North Royalton will have one on Route 82 around 5 to 9 pm.

And, finally, Olmsted Falls will have one on Columbia Road starting around 3 and ending at roughly 7 pm.

In addition to that, we have not heard back from Akron/Summit County on whether they will have one. We will try to find out more and keep you updated.

Below you will find a list of other areas we called that, thus far, have said they are not having a checkpoint for the holiday. Remember, it doesn’t matter if there’s a checkpoint or not, the police will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers and you should plan accordingly. Here at the Ohio OVI Blog we don’t care if you designate a driver, take a cab, catch a bus or get a hotel room; we just want you to make a safe decision. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Ohio OVI Blog and Taubman Law!

Communities who are not having a checkpoint (as of Wednesday afternoon):

Beachwood

Bedford

Berea

Brecksville

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights

Broadview Heights

Cleveland Heights

Chesterland

Elyria

Garfield Heights

Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol.

Independence

Maple Heights

Medina

Mentor

Middleburg

North Royalton

Olmsted Township

Parma

Parma Heights

Rocky River

Shaker Heights

Seven Hills

Seville

South Euclid

Strongsville

University Heights

Wadsworth

Warren

Westlake

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We doubt that you have any interest in hitting the streets this snowy weekend, but we take our Ohio OVI Blog very seriously, so we figured we’d do our checkpoint list anyway.

Not suprisingly, there aren’t any planned in the areas we called. Per usual, we checked throughout Northeast Ohio.

As always, no checkpoints doesn’t mean driving drunk is an option. The roads will be slippery and the cops will still be on the lookout. If you do go out and drink, designate a driver.

Have a great weekend. If you do stay in, feel free to spend some time on our Cuyahoga County DUI site. Or, if you have a personal injury, workers’ comp or DUI case, give us a call.

Happy turkey time Northeast Ohio. The team over at Taubman Law is about to take a long weekend to enjoy the season, but we wanted to get our weekly list of checkpoints out before everyone begins their holiday travels.

Because so many people travel this time of year there are checkpoints and saturation points all over the area the next four days. So, while you might be tired of hearing us say it, we’ll say it again: If you’re going to be drinking, designate a driver. Take our word for it; you don’t want to deal with a DUI or OVI during the holiday season (check out our Cuyahoga County DUI site sometime to see what a pain the punishment for DUI/OVI is).

Anyway, we already know about checkpoints in Elyria, Euclid and Portage County this weekend. The details of those, along with the list of other areas we checked, are below. If we hear anything else we’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, we’d like to use this time of thanks to say how much we appreciate our readers. We’re over 700 ‘likes’ on Facebook and have had several posts go over 500 views on our blog. We hope this blog helps keep our community safe. We’re big fans of Northeast Ohio here at Taubman Law, and we’re always happy to help you defend your rights. Feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you ever need anything.

In the meantime, enjoy the stuffing and eat the last piece of pie while nobody is looking.

Akron/Summit County – We haven’t heard yet; we will update you when we get details.
Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – As of right now none are scheduled, we will update as soon as we know more.
Elyria – They have one scheduled on Friday, November 26, on Lake Ave.
Garfield Heights – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Euclid - Yes, Wednesday the 24 of November from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. It will either be on Euclid, Lakeland or Lakeshore
Ohio Highway Patrol – None scheduled in Cuyahoga County, will update if we receive any more information.
Independence – NO
Maple Heights – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County -Yes, on Saturday, November 27, there will be saturation patrols in Brunswick with the focus on State Routes 202, 2, and 18.
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Sandusky – NO
Seville – NO
Seven Hills – NO
South Euclid – NO
Streetsboro- NO
Strongsville – NO
University Heights – NO
Valley View – NO
Youngstown – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO

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We all know that Thanksgiving is one of the top times of the year for DUI and OVI check points, but it looks like the weekend leading up to it will have plenty of cops out and about.

While the details are still coming in, this weekend we already know there will be a sobriety checkpoint in Cleveland on Saturday (this in addition to a driver’s license checkpoint tonight). The checkpoint will be at W. 28th and Broadview Road from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

You know what we’re going to say next: Even in areas where there aren’t checkpoints you should ALWAYS designate a driver if you’re going to drink. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an OVI or DUI. The punishment for either can be severe (as outlined in our Cuyahoga County DUI pages). We handle DUI and OVI cases at Taubman Law and, even though we’re quite good at it, we don’t want you to need our services.

That’s all for today. We’ll post updates as we get them. Below is a list of all the cities we called and if they are having a checkpoint or not.

Akron/Summit County – NO, but they will most likely have one during Thanksgiving week.
Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – Cleveland has a sobriety checkpoint scheduled for this Saturday, November 20. The checkpoint will be at W. 28th and Broadview Road from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Also, Cleveland will be having a license check next week, as well as another sobriety checkpoint during Thanksgiving weekend location and time will be posted Tuesday, November 23.
Elyria – NO, but will have one scheduled during Thanksgiving weekend, we will update as soon we know more.
Garfield Heights – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Euclid – NO, but they will most likely have one next weekend.
Ohio Highway Patrol – None scheduled in Cuyahoga County.
Independence – NO
Maple Heights – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County – Nothing scheduled this week, but on Saturday, November 27, there will be saturation patrols in Brunswick with the focus on State Routes 202, 2, and 18.
Rocky River – NO
Sandusky – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seville – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Streetsboro- NO
Strongsville – NO
South Euclid – NO
University Heights – NO
Valley View – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO
Youngstown – NO