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State representative pleads to drunk driving charge

An Ohio state representative pleaded guilty to a charge of having physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was pulled over early in the morning on March 29, 2019 by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The trooper said field sobriety tests indicated that the representative was impaired. The man was placed under arrest and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.

On April 4, 2019, the representative accepted a plea bargain to the lesser charge of physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. His attorney said that he had advised the representative that the state may not be able to prove the case against him, but the representative took the offer so the case would be finished. As part of the deal, the man is required to complete an intervention program. If he fails to do that, he will spend five days in jail. He is also required to pay a fine of $250 and his driver's license was suspended for a period of 180 days.

A second charge was also brought in this case. The state claims Adderall was found in the representative's vehicle and so he has to return to court to answer a charge of felony drug possession.

In cases like this one, where a person has been charged with OVI or another drunk driving offense, an attorney may be able to help by examining the facts and looking for weaknesses in the prosecution narrative. An attorney with experience practicing criminal defense law might be able to negotiate a plea to a lesser charge or argue against the admissibility of prosecution evidence in some cases.

Source: 10 TV, "Ohio lawmaker accused of drunk driving pleads guilty to reduced charge," Glenn Mcentyre, 04/04/2019

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