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Case Highlights
OVI - DUI Cases
State v. ES - Medina Township Officer pulls over client for driving over and across white fog line; smells odor of alcohol; client admits to drinking 3-4 Rolling Rocks over 3 hours; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; arrested and charged with OVI; blows .083 BAC; client's pharmacologist expert testifies at hearing that machine gave false reading due to client's diabetes (increasing BAC reading) and unreliable blow due to extended length of blow (32 seconds) State agrees to dismiss OVI in exchange for marked lanes violation (mm) and client attend 3 day school - 2016
State v. MK - Berea PD responds to crash scene; client rear-ended another vehicle; drugs found outside client's vehicle on ground in pill vial; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; client lies about knowledge of drugs; client arrested & charged w/ Obstruction of Official Business (M2), Poss of Drugs M1, OVI & OVI refusal w/ prior in 6 years; ACDA; Fail to Control State dismisses all charges except two minor misdemeanors; fines and costs assessed - 2016
State v. JG - OSHP Trooper stops car for speeding; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; strong odor of alcohol; bloodshot eyes; arrested for OVI; refuses breath test Reduced to reckless op (minor misdemeanor); fines and costs assessed - 2016
State v. CS - OSHP Trooper stops client for speeding; smells marijuana; searches car and client; none found; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; arrested and charged w/ OVI marijuana; positive urine test for marijuana over prohibited amount; motion to suppress granted State dismisses OVI; client pleads to speeding (Minor Misdemeanor) - 2016
State v. RC - Officer claims client almost struck him head-on going opposite direction; odor of alcohol at scene; client refuses to do SFSFs at scene; taken to OSHP Post; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests done; refuses BAC; charged w/ OVI and marked lanes violation State agrees to dismiss OVI for plea to marked lanes & 3 day Driver Intervention Program - 2016
State v. SL - Officer follows client for 3.5 miles thru winding development & several turns before pulling him over for no turn signal; client admits to drinking 2-3 beers; Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; .087 BAC Jury trial; found not guilty and discharged - 2016
State v. FB - Officer stops client for burned out taillight; officer. smells strong odor of alcohol, client admits to 3 drinks; client refuses field sobriety tests & BAC; charged w/ OVI & OVI w/ prior refusal in 20, equipment violation; State dismisses OVIs; client pleads to equipment violation & does 3 day Driver Intervention Program - 2016
State v. A.I. - Police stop client for OVI; search car and seize handguns; client arrested for Felony 4 Improper Handling of Firearms in Motor Vehicle prosecutor reduces to misdemeanor. Carry Concealed Weapons; guns forfeited; client receives probation - 2015
State v. Z.R. - Trooper stops client for speed; smells alcohol; bloodshot eyes; fails SFSTs; arrested for OVI; refuses BAC prosecutor reduces to minor misdemeanor reckless op. - 2015
State v. D.Z. - client stops and picks up drunk lying in middle of road; returns him to party; passerby calls 911; Seville officer stops client based on 911 call; smells alcohol; bloodshot eyes; fails SFSTs; arrested for OVI tests over .08; motion to suppress filed; motion granted; State dismisses OVI - 2015
State v. D.K. - .; Trooper stops client for marked lane viol.; smells alcohol; bloodshot eyes; fails SFSTs; BAC over .08; arrested for OVI; motion to suppress filed State dismisses OVI; client pleads to marked lanes & agrees to 3 day Driver Intervention Program - 2015
State v. D.B - Trooper finds car in ditch on New Year's morning; no one inside; runs plate; obtains physical description of client and puts out Be On the Looking Out via dispatch; sheriff finds client 1.5 miles away walking alongside Rte. 18; takes into custody; sheriff smells alcohol, speech slurred; client refuses FSTs; arrested for OVI with prior with in 6 yrs. & refusal motion to suppress filed; prosecutor dismisses OVI; client pleads to hit/skip - 2015
State v. J.B. - client backs car up on side street and pulls back into bar parking lot; Hinckley officer stops him in lot; smells alcohol; client's wife had been drinking; client denies alcohol consumption; fails FSTs; tests under .08; arrested for OVI motion to suppress filed; court grants motion; OVI pending dismissal - 2015
State v. G.G - client found behind wheel stopped in right lane on I-271; Trooper thinks client is drunk; fails SFSTs; arrested for OVI with prior in 20 w/refusal; medical records show client with history of seizures OVI dismissed; pleads to minor misdemeanor slow speed - 2015
State v. JW - client stopped for marked lanes; SFSTs; OVI; .156 BAC; charge reduced to reckless op; fine and costs; terminate ALS - 2014
State v. LS - OSHP traffic stop at construction site on state route; HGN 6/6; 65 year old male; odor of alcohol; .076 BAC; OVI dismissed; client pleads NC to lane violation - 2014
State v. NF - client stopped for no license plate light; odor of alcohol; removed from car for SFSTs; refused BAC; motion to suppress filed; state dismisses OVI; client pleads NC to equip. violation; - 2014
State v. Comisak - client arrested for OVI; .076 BAC; SFSTs; motion to suppress filed; OVI charge dismissed; client pled to marked lane violation - 2013
State v. Bolender - OSHP arrests client for OVI; 6/6 HGN; refused SFSTs; motion to suppress filed; OVI charge dismissed; client pled to marked lane violation - 2013
State v. Lenart - client arrested for OVI; officer cited wrong code; client pled NC to charge; found not guilty - 2013
State v. John Doe - client stopped for marked lane violation; Medina officer smells alcohol; client admits to drinking earlier; SFSTs done improperly; client arrested for OVI; refuses BAC; motion to suppress filed state dismisses OVI in exchange for NC plea to marked lane violation - 2012
State v. Nemcek - deputy sheriff stops client for "suspicious vehicle;" odor of alcohol; admission to consumption; SFSTs; client arrested for OVI; client refuses BAC test; motion to suppress filed; court grants motion to suppress OVI charge dismissed - 2012
State v. Butler - Montville officer stops client for running stop sign; smells marijuana; searches car and finds pot; SFSTs administered; client does poorly; blood drawn; positive result; client arrested for OVI/BAC; motion to suppress filed; court grants motion all charges dismissed - 2012
State v. Prochko - state trooper stops client for no turn signal; smells alcohol; client admits to two drinks; performs SFSTs; client arrested for OVI; BAC .104; motion to suppress filed; court orders SFSTs suppressed and BAC state dismisses OVI; client pleads NC to no turn signal - 2012
State v. Nameth - client calls 911 while sitting in car in driveway to report abusive husband; deputy arrives and performs HGN on her while sitting in vehicle with engine running; observes 6/6 clues; arrests client for OVI; motion to suppress granted; State dismisses complaint - 2012
State v. Clark - Trooper stops client for speeding; smells alcohol and observes bloodshot glassy eyes; performs field sobriety tests; Trooper also smells marijuana; arrests client for OVI; client blows .046 BAC; client refuses urine sample; motion to suppress filed State agrees to dismiss OVI in exchange for plea of no contest to speed - 2012
State v. Bauer - Client involved in one-car accident on curvy road; OSHP Trooper arrives; performs HGN; 6/6 clues; arrested for OVI; blood taken at hospital; motion to suppress filed re test results; prosecution unable to prove compliance testing; OVI charge dismissed; client pleads NC to minor misdemeanor failure to control. - 2011
State v. Archer - township police respond to noise complaint at night; police enter client's enclosed backyard; knock on door to wooden shed, enter without consent; seize evidence allegedly in plain view; client charged with misdemeanor offense; motion to suppress filed; prosecutor agrees to dismiss charge at state's cost - 2010
State of Ohio v. Andrukat - client charged with OVI/OVI BAC; improper high beams; motion to suppress granted; State dismissed OVI charges; client pled to minor misdemeanor high beam traffic offense - 2010
State of Ohio v. Ovall - co-counseled case with Attorney William LeFaiver; client charged with OVI/OVI BAC .222gr/dl; marked lanes; motion to suppress granted; State dismissed OVI charges; client pled NC to marked lanes minor misdemeanor traffic violation - 2010
State v. Zablocki - OVI Sobriety Checkpoint stop and arrest; client charged with OVI; motion to suppress granted; prosecutor dismissed all charges - 2010

OVI Offenses in Ohio Are Serious Offenses That Need Qualified Representation

David C. Sheldon is an experienced DUI lawyer who protects your rights while guiding you through the OVI process!

At our Medina law firm, David C. Sheldon is a former prosecutor familiar with the strategies and tactics used by the prosecution and law enforcement. He knows the importance of taking swift action because there is a limited time period to make objections and file motions on your behalf. Mr. Sheldon has the experience to effectively and aggressively defend you on any drunk driving offense in Ohio.

On any DUI or OVI matter, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
If you have been charged or arrested for a DUI crime, call us at 330.723.8788 or contact the firm online to schedule your FREE consultation today. 

David C. Sheldon is highly rated by his peers and has achieved a rating of excellent from theses organizations: AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell, Avvo and The American Registry.

Proven Results!
Our law firm has successfully litigated cases all over Northeast Ohio. See our Case Highlights page!

We primarily try DUI-OVI cases in Medina, Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, and Wanye counties and have tried hundreds of cases in the following municipal courtrooms: Medina, Brunswick, Barberton, Wadsworth, Strongsville, North Royalton, Akron and Cleveland.

What happens when you are arrested for an OVI in Ohio?

  • You face serious charges - If you are arrested for an OVI in Ohio, you face charges that can be more serious than some felonies. Consequences increase in severity with repeat OVI DUI offenses. You can end up with a criminal record. To give you an idea of the penalties - you can lose your driver's license for three years, pay $1,000 in fines and spend up to three days in jail or participate in a driver intervention program for just a first time offense.
  • Sobriety tests impact your OVI conviction - If you perform badly on the field sobriety tests, then the police can arrest you for OVI and take you back to the precinct for other tests to determine your BAC level. If results of your blood, urine or breath test are over the legal limit or if you refuse a test, your license will be suspended by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This type of suspension is called an administrative license suspension or ALS and can be contested. We have the experience to help get your driving privileges reinstated.
  • Municipal court appearance - We advise you on what to expect, explain the procedures and what our approach will be with the judge. We navigate you through DUI legal process and fight for you at each step.

Make us your first call when you need help with an OVI charge in Ohio: 330.723.8788

According to the State Highway Patrol, about one-third of all car-crash deaths in Ohio are alcohol related, which is a reason for high-profile checkpoints and crackdowns on drunk driving by law enforcement. Mr. Sheldon is familiar with the specific requirements that law enforcement must follow to establish a sobriety checkpoint and how to effectively attack a checkpoint stop. If you have been arrested for an OVI, you need an experienced OVI lawyer at The Law Office of David Craig Sheldon in Medina to represent you.

In Ohio, you can be convicted of driving under the influence if:

  • You have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher
  • You are under the age of 21 and have a BAC level of 0.02 or any detectable amount of alcohol
  • You are a commercial driver with a BAC of 0.04 or higher