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Happy New YearWait. What the hell happened to 2013?

Whatever happened, it’s basically over. 2014 is charging down the tracks from Timeland like a runaway freight train. Hopefully you’ll be celebrating its arrival with champagne, fancy hats and those noise maker things that don’t have an official name.

But as you celebrate, make sure you have a safe ride home. We originally shared information about four checkpoints in Columbus tonight, but our source was wrong on those. That said, they are actively focusing on saturation patrols across central Ohio.

We have not heard of any formal checkpoints in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincy, Akron or Dayton, but many local police are doing saturation patrols (where they have several officers posted in high traffic areas).

Designate your driver now or start 2014 on a really cruddy note.

In old news to our loyal readers, we’d like to thank the fine folks at Taubman Law for another year of this blog. They don’t write many posts, but they keep us up to date with checkpoint information and, most importantly, keep the blog turned on. If you have an OVI/DUI case, a workers’ comp case or a personal injury case, take it to Taubman Law.

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Happy Friday Ohio.

With December officially here and a little break between Thanksgiving and Christmas we weren’t expecting many checkpoints this weekend. We have heard about one, however, in Parma. It will be from 9 pm to 1 am tonight on Ridge Road. As always, our advice is you designate a driver early if you’re going to go paint the town.

That’s all for now. We’ll update you if we hear anything else.

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As most of you know, we dedicate most of our time at the Ohio OVI Blog to conversations about the issues of drunk driving in our fair state.

But we do have other interests, including mustaches and charity. One of the fine attorneys from Taubman Law, The Ohio OVI Blog’s own Brian Taubman, is growing a mustache this month for charity as part of the Movemeber movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

All month Brian has been grooming his facial hair out drive in funds. Check out his Movember page to see the ‘stache.
If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can also see Brian and other members of his mustache fund-raising team – The Mustache Fives – at Around The Corner in Lakewood on December 1. He will be guest bar tending that night and a portion of the proceeds will go to the cause.

Regardless of whether you spell it mustache or moustache, it’s a great cause. Visit Brian’s page today to make a donation and see the lip sweater. Or, come to Around the Corner on December 1 from 7 pm to 1 am to see his Burt Reynolds in person.

As always, if you like the Ohio OVI Blog we hope you’ll like us on Facebook. We also hope you’ll check out our weekly OVI checkpoint blog.

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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Things have finally cooled off across the state, giving us all a much-needed break from the heat.

But we’ll tell you what hasn’t cooled off: The Police’s desire to stop drunk driving!

OK, that was probably one of our worst attempts at a transition here at the Ohio OVI Blog, but every post can’t be on par with a David Foster Wallace novel, right? Let’s get down to business. It’s summer and lots of people are out enjoying a few adult beverages. But responsible drivers everywhere are taking cabs and designating drivers to get home safely. We hope you’re doing the same. The police are doing there part to catch drunk drivers, and we’ve heard news on four checkpoints so far for this weekend and into next week.

The first will be in Seven Hills Saturday night. It will be from 7 pm to 1 am at Rockside at Pinnacle Park.

In Central Ohio, we have details on two checkpoints so far.

One is in Millersport (Fairfield County) tonight. It will be on State Route 204, just east of State Route 37. This is near Buckeye Lake.

The other is in Plain City (Madison County). It will also be tonight and will be on State Route 42 near W. Main Street. It will be right by the Der Dutchman restaurant, a place we’re sure you Plain City locals know well.

The last checkpoint we’ve heard about will be in Cleveland. It will be Monday night, but the details have not yet been released.

In other news, we’ve heard that Rover fest – which takes place in Eastlake – will be hopping this weekend. It sold out, and the police will have strong saturation points throughout the area to monitor safety. It’s likely there will also be liquor control mechanisms in place, including undercover agents. If you’re heading out to see Rover (or just to see Ms. Morning Glory), be safe and be smart.

That’s all we have for now. Remember, we keep this blog to warn people of the dangers of drunk driving. But we also want all drivers to know they have legal rights. Should you get mixed up in an OVI or DUI case, we have lawyers who know how to help you. Find out more at the sites for Taubman Law (Northeast Ohio) or Hastie Legal Offices (Central 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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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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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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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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