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Hello Ohio. After a few weekends with dozens of checkpoints, this weekend looks to be a little slower.

As of now we have not received word of any checkpoints for this coming weekend. That said, we believe there will be increased patrols around Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati now that football season is in swing. We also know that there will be some checkpoints next weekend. Details on those will come next Thursday.

As of last weekend the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign has ended, and we’re looking to get some overall drinking and driving stats for summer 2011 soon. We’ll be doing a post on that to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving and show the overall improvement of the state in several categories.

As always, should you run into any trouble with OVI in Ohio, we know how to help you. In Northeast Ohio you can contact Taubman Law. In Central Ohio you can contact Hastie Legal Offices LLC.

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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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Good Thursday to you, Ohio. This is the first of what will likely be several posts this weekend about checkpoints for August 5-7.

In our Cleveland offices, we are getting geared up for Krusty’s Summer Sauce Camp, always a favorite.

In what is likely related news, the Cleveland Police have announced that they will have a checkpoint Saturday night. It will be at Lorain Avenue and West 32nd. It runs from 10 pm to 12 am.

News from our partners at Hastie Legal Offices shows a checkpoint Saturday in Weathersfield Township (near Youngstown). Weathersfield Police will work with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to operate a checkpoint on Route 46. This checkpoint will be in conjunction with a saturation patrol nearby to combat alcohol-related injuries and deaths.

In an update, we finally have information on the checkpoint in Ashtabula. It will be tonight in Rome Township, on Route 6, between 9 pm and 2 am.

Those are the confirmed checkpoints for now. We’ve heard some information about a checkpoint in Lucas County, but don’t have any more information at this time. We will stay on that and let you know when we hear more.

For now, we’ll leave you with the advice we always give: If you want to go out and drink, designate a driver now. If for some reason you do get in trouble with the law regarding OVI or DUI, contact Taubman Law (Northeast Ohio) or Hastie Legal Offices (Central Ohio) to make sure your rights are protected.

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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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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 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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As we mentioned in our first checkpoint post this week, we have expanded the Ohio OVI Blog into Columbus with our partners at Hastie Law Offices. We’re excited about the partnership, and happy to bring you information about checkpoints in and near the city for this holiday weekend.

So let’s get down to business. Here is the information we have as of 4 pm Thursday afternoon.

Columbus – Is scheduled to have a checkpoint from 9 pm to 3 am on Saturday. It will be on Refugee Road, west of Hamilton Road. This is a busy spot on the east side of the city. Columbus PD has also promised increased patrols throughout the city over the holiday weekend.

Clark County – Will have a one in the city of Enon on Friday night starting at 10 pm. It will be downtown on Dayton Road, just off I-70 West between Dayton and Springfield.

Fairfield County – There were no checkpoints scheduled for the weekend as of today, but we will check back.

Licking County – There are no checkpoints scheduled currently. We will let you know if that changes.

Montgomery County – We are waiting to hear back from the Sheriff’s office, but most likely there will be one set for Dayton.

That’s all for now. Drive safely this weekend. If you’re going to go out and celebrate America with a few drinks, designate a driver!

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The buzz around the palatial offices of the Ohio OVI Blog can barely be contained: It’s our first birthday.

That’s right; we’ve officially been around for one year. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t get us anything, we have a gift that keeps on giving: A new partner.
As we mentioned in our checkpoint post earlier today, Hastie Law Offices, LLC will be helping us expand the Ohio OVI Blog to Columbus starting immediately. We like the team from Hastie, you should check out their site when you get a chance.

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Good afternoon, Ohio. After a week away from all of you, it feels good to be back. With the holiday this weekend we anticipate this to be the first of many checkpoint posts.

But before we get into the checkpoints, let us apologize for not posting last week. We were having some technical difficulties as we beef up the site. We’ve updated our backend a little and you will be seeing some other improvements over the next month or so.
One improvement you’ll see right away: Our Columbus partner, Hastie Law Offices, LLC is officially geared up and ready to start sharing the blogosphere with us.

Hastie is located in Columbus and their practice areas include: Liquor law, small business and DUI/OVI and traffic law. They’re good people. Visit their site and let them know if they can help you.

Our friends over at Hastie will be contributing information about their practice and checkpoints in the Columbus area starting immediately. We’re all pretty excited, but let’s get down to business.

It’s only Thursday afternoon, but already the information about the holiday weekend is rolling in. Here’s what we have so far.

There will be a checkpoint in Cleveland tonight. It will be at East 67 and Harvard from 9 pm to 1 am. They will also have a checkpoint on Saturday night, we’ll share those details with you once we get them.

Euclid will be having a checkpoint tomorrow night, but we don’t have the details. As soon as we have them, you’ll have them.

Olmsted Falls will be having a checkpoing on July 2 (Saturday) on Bagley Road and Columbia from 11pm to 3 am.

Medina has reported that it will have saturation points all over throughout the weekend to stop intoxicated drivers.

The Stark County Sherriff’s Department isn’t planning a specific checkpoint, but they will be doing roving checkpoints throughout the weekend.

Speaking of Stark County, Canton will be doing a “Traffic Blitz” for the whole weekend. This means they will have a active police force out looking for intoxicated drivers.

UPDATE: Warren will be having one in Warren City from 9 pm to 1 am tonight on State 45. They will also be doing saturation patrols all weekend.

UPDATE: SUMMIT COUNTY will be having a checkpoint in Coventry Township around Portage Lakes from 10 pm to 2 am.

Columbus hasn’t announced any checkpoints just yet, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol did issue a press release this morning about its increased effort to catch impaired drivers over the weekend. We anticipate more news on that shortly.

The moral of this whole post? Don’t drink and drive this weekend. Let’s all stay safe, for America’s sake!

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