Ohio’s House Bill 388, also known as Annie’s Law, may change the game when it comes to OVI penalties for not only first time offenders but repeat OVI offenders. Under Ohio’s current OVI law, first time offenders charged with a simple OVI face the following mandatory minimum penalties: minimum of 3 days jail that must […]

An arrest for an Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (OVI) offense should not cause one to debate life or death as Hamlet did in Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy; however, the decision of whether to submit to a breath alcohol test is unquestionably daunting, especially for a normal, law abiding citizen who is involved in […]

Ohio State University’s quarterback, J.T. Barrett, is scheduled to returnto the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against Illinois. On Tuesday, November 10th, Barrett was convicted of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (OVI) after being cited for OVI at a sobriety checkpoint on October 31st. Barrett was sentenced to a $400 fine, a six (6) […]

This weekend the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining other law enforcement officers across the country to reduce serious injury crashes and to apprehend drivers who use the interstate for criminal activity. There will be an increased number of Troopers on I-80 beginning today through the weekend. Did you know that under Ohio law, […]

Last week we announced that the Ohio State Highway Patrol would be out in full force looking for impaired drivers. The results are in. OSHP made 690 arrests for impaired driving and 391 arrests for drug related incidents last Fourth of July weekend. The City of Cleveland Police Department will be conducting a Drivers License […]

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officers will be looking for impaired drivers this holiday weekend. OSHP’s Drive Sober Get Pulled Over campaign begins today, Thursday, July 2nd and ends Sunday, July 5th. Drive safe this holiday weekend. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol designate a sober driver. Remember, the cost of a […]

#ALLinCLE

We hope you had an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend. Here in Cleveland we may have more to celebrate this evening. Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians will be playing in downtown Cleveland tonight. We encourage you to designate a sober driver if you plan on participating in the celebrations. Given the […]

Did you know that Cleveland has been deemed one of the best cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, the Martinez Firm wants to remind you to designate a sober driver this weekend and on March 17th. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced that it will be working with […]

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! If you are participating in any Super Bowl Sunday festivities be sure to have a designated driver. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, during last year’s Super Bowl, the OSHP made 46 OVI arrests from Feb. 2, 2014, at 6 a.m. through Feb. 3, 2014, at 6 a.m.  Make it […]

What is OVI?

There are many terms for driving under the influence that people use interchangeably and the names of which vary from state to state. In Ohio, the typical driving under the influence charge is abbreviated as “OVI.” OVI stands for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Some people know this […]