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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

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OK, Ohio, let’s get down to business this week because we have a lot to discuss. This week marks the beginning of a three-week crackdown on intoxicated drivers. We will be updating this post constantly throughout the next three days, and we already know of several checkpoints.

Here are the details we have. We have called everywhere we usually do in Central Ohio and Northeast Ohio. We are still waiting to hear back on several areas (including Summit County).

Aurora – Will have a checkpoint on Saturday night. Details will be released Saturday morning.

Berea – Will have a checkpoint Friday night on Bagley Road from 9 pm to 2 am.

Butler County – Will have on in West Chester Township on State Route 747 on Friday. It will be 10 pm to 4 am.

Clermont County – Will have one in Miami Township on Friday. It will be on State Route 28 between Old State Route 28 and Buckwheat Rd. It will be from 10 pm to 2 am.

Cleveland – Sent out a press release on August 19 detailing a driver’s license checkpoint happening next week. It looks like it will be Friday the 26th.

Crawford County – Will have a checkpoint this weekend. It will be Friday in Bucyrus on State Route 4. It will be south of the city, but they won’t release the exact location. We expect it will be near the Bratwurst Festival. It will run from 9 pm to 1 am.

Columbus – Will have on on Saturday night. It will be on the west side on West Broad St. at Philipi/Goergesville Rd. It runs from 9 pm to 3 am.

Dayton – Will have one on Friday in Trotwood. It will be in the 4300 block of Salem Ave. near Meadow Drive. It will run from 8:30 pm to 2 am.

Delaware County – Will have one Friday on Route 23, just north of Lazelle Road. This is a major traffic area just north of Columbus. It will run from 9 pm to 3 am.

Garfield Heights – Will have a checkpoint Saturday night on Broadway from 9 pm to 2 am.

Hamilton County – Will have a checkpoint Friday in Cincinnati. It will be on Colerain Road at Blue Spruce Road. It will run from 9 pm to 1 am.

Knox County – Will have a checkpoint Friday on State Route 12, just off South Main Street in Mount Vernon. It will run from 8 pm to 12 am.

Licking County – Will have a checkpoint in Licking Twp on Friday. It will be on State Route 13, just south of the 1-70 exit. It will run from 9 pm to 1 am.

Mahoning County – Will have one Friday night in Goshen Township. It will be on U.S. Route 62, west of State Route 45. It will run from 9 pm to 12 am.

Parma – Will have a checkpoint Saturday night on Ridge Road from 9 pm to 2 am.

Portage County – Will have a checkpoint Friday night on State Route 43. It will be between 10 pm and 2 am.

Streetsboro – Will have a checkpoint Saturday night. Checkpoint will most likely be on State Route 43, Near Milepost 21, At The Aurora/streetsboro Line. This hasn’t been verified but where it was located last year.

Warren County – The Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin Police have announced an OVI checkpoint for Saturday night, August 20th. It will be held on State Route 73 near milepost 3 in Warren County beginning at 11:00pm.

We will continue to post information as it becomes available to us. As always, our recommendation is that you don’t drink and drive. Should you get caught up in a jam, however, we have two law firms ready to defend your rights. In Central Ohio we have Hastie Legal Offices. In Northeast Ohio we have Taubman Law. Both firms know how to protect the rights of those accused of OVI in Ohio.

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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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In Ohio there are two instances where you can be given a breath 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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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

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Happy Friday Ohio OVI Blog readers. It’s after 1 as of this posting, so hopefully you found a way to ditch work and enjoy this 60-degree November day. If we weren’t so dedicated to our clients over here at Taubman Law, we would be on the golf course right now.

Alas, duty calls. Below you will find a list of all the places we called this week to ask about check points. Overall it looks like a pretty quiet weekend on the check point front. We will, of course, let you know if we hear about anything tomorrow. In the meantime, don’t take this as an opportunity to be foolish. Cops throughout Northeast Ohio are still looking for drunk drivers.

Also, keep in mind that Thanksgiving weekend is coming up and that is one of the busiest travel times of the year. There will be cops all over, so figure out your holiday plans now. Either designate a driver or just stay at Grandma Joyce’s house. Whatever you decide, be safe.

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget that we here at the Ohio OVI Blog work at Taubman Law, a boutique firm that fights for our clients. Should you get into any trouble with OVI/DUI, need an attorney for personal injury or workers’ comp, or want to offer us free tickets to watch the Browns this weekend, give us a call or email.

Akron/Summit County – NO
Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – None scheduled as of right now, we will give you an update if that changes.
Elyria – NO
Garfield Heights – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Euclid – NO
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
Rocky River – NO
Sandusky – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO
South Euclid – NO
Streetsboro- NO
Strongsville – NO
University Heights – NO
Valley View – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – Call back tomorrow
Westlake – NO
Youngstown – NO

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Halloween is upon us and there is plenty of candy to eat and spiked apple cider to drink. But, as always, we here at the Ohio OVI blog have to interject a buzzkill: Drinking and driving is dangerous.

If you’re going to go out and hit up costume parties this weekend (we recommend wearing a Cavs shirt with a fake knife in the back), know that the police are on the lookout for drunk drivers. In fact, there are four check points we know about this weekend. Here are the details we have on them. As always, we will update these when we find out more.

Akron/Summit County – They will have one Saturday evening in the City of Stow, around the Stow High School. This is right around the corner from Kent State, so if you’re going to go down there for the Halloween festivities, designate a driver.
Cleveland – The city will be having one, but the exact location will not be posted on Friday. In addition, the City of Cleveland will have a license check stop sometime next week. We will update as we know more.
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was a release from The Ohio Highway Patrol saying they will be doing check points. We will update you as soon as know the location, it will most likely be Friday.
Warren – They will be having one, but the date and exact time was unavailable on Thursday. We will update you on Friday.

Here are the other areas we called that told us they are not having a check point this weekend.
Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Elyria – NO
Garfield Heights – NO
Kent – NO
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
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
Westlake – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Youngstown – NO
OVI and DUI in Ohio is no joke. We really don’t want you to drink and drive. If for some reason you don’t want to listen to us, we also help people with OVI/DUI cases at Taubman Law (that’s right, we do more than blog!). Give us a call or an email and we’ll make sure you have proper representation.

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OK, we had to take some time away from the Ohio OVI Blog lately because a few guys from our office were asked to try out at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Not sure what will come of that, but it looks like one of us will get the start against the Steelers this Sunday.

Nonetheless, we’re back with our weekly check point list.

It looks as though there aren’t too many check points out there this weekend – although we did not receive news one way or another from The Ohio Highway Patrol, which handles check points in Lakewood – but there may be some coming up in Elyria and Akron/Summit County. We’ll keep you posted.

As always, our best advice is to not drive drunk. It’s a simple way to keep everyone safe. If you do make a mistake and find yourself dealing with an OVI/DUI case, we handle that at Taubman Law, so go ahead and contact us. Or you can visit our Cuyahoga County DUI site for more information about that part of our practice.

Anyway, here’s the list of places we checked today. Have a great weekend. Go Browns.

Akron/Summit County – No, but they might have one on Halloween weekend.
Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Elyria – NO, but they will have a few in the future, so we will keep you updated.
Garfield Heights – NO
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol.
Maple Heights – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
South Euclid – NO
Strongsville – NO
University Heights – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO