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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

In addition to the court imposed sanctions for an OVI conviction, there are also consequences which may impact your life down the road. Below are just a few examples of how an OVI conviction can impact you financially, socially, and professionally.  Auto Insurance: As a result of an OVI conviction, you may see an increase […]

Unfortunately, along with the bitter cold and heavy snow come accidents. Many Cleveland area drivers are injured in motor vehicle accidents on our roads and highways every day; one every 4.5 minutes. Car accidents can happen when you least expect them and can create a major hassle and financial burden on you and your family. […]