NCDD National College for DUI Defense: David Craig Sheldon


Case Highlights
Criminal Cases
State v. ET - Police stop vehicle operated by client's girlfriend on claim that another officer saw client, who did not have a driver's license, driving it minutes earlier; client charged with No Operator's License Case dismissed on day of trial - 2016
State v. DB - Client charged with Menacing of pipeline workers entering on his land to inspect for pipeline install State agreed to dismiss charge after pretrial discussions; costs to State - 2016
State v. RM - Client drives off roadway on curve and goes into front yard of home; Trooper arrives and smells alcohol; client unconscious at scene; Trooper finds loaded semi-automatic in center console; later charged at hospital with OVI and Improper Handling of Weapon in Motor Vehicle (felony 4) State amends to misdemeanor CCW; client fined and forfeits weapon - 2016
State v. JS - Client allegedly attacked wife in bedroom and assaulted her; police charged him with Domestic Violence, M1; wife also files Domestic Violation Civil Protection Order in DR court; following dismissal of DVCPO State agrees to amend charge to minor misdemeanor (mm) disorderly conduct; court imposes minimal fine and costs - 2016
State v. SH - Client involved in altercation with son and family members outside in neighbor's yard; police arrest her and charge her with 2 counts Domestic Violence and 3 counts of Assault (all misdemeanors first degree); client goes to jury trial Jury returns not guilty verdicts all charges; client discharged - 2016
State v. KS - Client charged with Felony Passing Bad Checks; client gave check to alleged victim whose car client struck in parking lot; client agreed not to have claim submitted to his insurance company and instead paid motorist by check for damage; check later bounced; victim's claimed estimate was $1,000 more than insurance company for client eventually paid for repair State dismissed charge at client's costs - 2016
State v. PR - Client charged with Theft from dept. store, M1 Client offered diversion program and charge to be dismissed upon completion of 6 month program - 2016
State v. JJ - Police arrest client for stabbing boyfriend with kitchen knife; boyfriend life-flighted to MetroHospital with internal nicked artery; emergency surgery performed; client charged with 2 counts Felonious Assault (2 - 8 years in prison each) State reduces to misdemeanor assault, M1; client sentenced to probation - 2016
State v. T.S. - Township police officer stops client's co-defendants on I-71 for lane violation; police see marijuana shake and search car; police seize forged credit cards; obtain search warrant for client's hotel room; police find more forged credit cards and equipment in hotel room; police arrest client for Forgery motion to suppress filed based on illegal stop by township officer, prosecutor dismisses indictment next day - 2015
State v. D.M. - client & wife enter vacant home for sale to look around; home burglarized previous week (copper pipes stolen) but not revealed until after client visits; police find beer bottle w/ client fingerprints; client arrested for Burglary & B & E prosecutor dismisses all charges - 2015
State v. KM - client stopped for expired sticker; upon checking, cop sees sticker is valid (just renewed that morning); roadside inquiry; client very nervous; cop gives warning, says free to go, then asks for consent to search car; consent given; search results in felony drug charge; motion to suppress filed; hearing held; court suppresses illegal arrest/detention; case dismissed - 2014
State v. RF; - client and boyfriend consume gummy bears laced with THC; allergic reaction; EMS called to house with police; police confiscate gummy bear and test; charged with poss of TCH, felony 5; case dismissed by prosecutor - 2014
State v. Candow - client charged with 4 counts of cruelty to animals (misdemeanors 2nd degree) for allegedly mistreating two dogs; dogs had conditions that were being treated by client over period of three years; dog groomer was regularly taking care of dog; no evidence of mistreatment; all charges dismissed by prosecutor - 2014
State v. Warsame - client charged w/ agg. poss. of drugs (khat), F2; facing mandatory 2 years in prison; jury trial; client found guilty of F5; sentenced to 90 days jail - 2013
State v. Bramley - client charged w/ agg. veh. assault F4 w/OVI spec; facing mandatory 1.5 yrs in prison; pled to OVI & M1 assault; sentenced to 180 days jail - 2013
State v. Potter - client charged w/ Having Weapon While Under Disability, F3; facing 3 yrs. in prison; prosecutor dismissed indictment - 2013
State v. Roth - client enters Sprint store at closing; dispute re closing time with employees; charged w/ criminal trespass; evidence presented to prosecutor favorable to client charge dismissed - 2012
State of Ohio v. Bermudez - client charged with forgery of identification card, F5; investigation showed information on card matched client's personal info; client's signature appeared on ID; indictment dismissed - 2012
State of Ohio v. Picknell - husband and wife charged with theft from the elderly, F3; clients ran mom and pop consignment shop; after lengthy investigation State dismissed indictment due to "lack of venue" - 2012
State of Ohio v. Ramos-Ortiz - client charged with intimidation of witness/victim, felony 3rd degree; 2 day jury trial resulted in acquittal; client discharged. - 2010
State of Ohio v. Bailey - client's petition to challenge re-classification of offender registration from 1x per year for 10 years to 2x per year for 25 years granted based on Supreme Court of Ohio's decision in State v. Bodyke (June 3, 2010), Slip Opinion No. 2010-Ohio-2424 - 2011
State of Ohio v. Phifer - reclassification notification case; Attorney General's Office sought reclassification from ten year reporting requirement to lifetime reporting every ninety days; motion to terminate all registration requirements granted; court found petitioner had no duty to register in the first place - 2011
State of Ohio v. Turner - co-counsel with partner Andrew Korduba; client charged with two counts rape (Felony 1), one count kidnapping (Felony 1), two counts felonious assault (Felony 2), one count aggravated robbery (Felony 1), and one count domestic violence (M1); client faced over 56 years in prison; State dismissed all charges - 2009

Know Your Rights If You Get Pulled Over for a Traffic Offense in Northeast Ohio

A trusted and experienced criminal attorney advises on what to do in traffic stops in Medina or Strongsville

When you are pulled over by the police, it is easy to feel intimidated and not know what to do. Whether you pay your ticket or fight it, every driver should know their rights.

Knowing your rights

You have the right to:

  • Remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • Refuse to consent to a search of your car.
  • Calmly leave if you are not under arrest.
  • Contact a lawyer, if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
  • Exercise your constitutional rights regardless of your immigration or citizenship status.

What to do and not to do when you are stopped by the police and accused of a crime

The Law Office of David Craig Sheldon is a firm that knows traffic violations can be more than an inconvenience - conviction can result in fines, loss of driving privileges and jail time. David C. Sheldon as your trusted criminal law attorney offers practical advice on what to do and not to do if you get pulled over by the police.

Here’s what to do

Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way and place your hands on the wheel.

Only if asked, show your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

If the police officer asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. If the police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without consent.

Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent and to calmly leave if you are not under arrest.

Here’s what not to do

  • Talk to the police
  • Think you are smarter than the police
  • Perform field sobriety tests
  • Wait to speak to an attorney
  • Give them permission to search your car or home
  • Provide urine or blood sample after refusal of a breath test (if prior conviction for OVI or DUI in last 20 years, refusal to consent to blood, breath or urine test results in additional jail time if convicted of the OVI offense)
  • Give them evidence
  • Destroy evidence

If you need our assistance, David C. Sheldon has a track record of success building strong defenses and having charges reduced or dismissed.

Helping to determine if you have a case for your traffic violations in Cuyahoga County

If you received a traffic ticket and want to fight it, call The Law Office of David Craig Sheldon at 330.723.8788 or contact the firm online to schedule your free initial consultation today.  On any DUI or OVI matter, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.