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Daniel James Sabol

Daniel James Sabol

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Daniel J. Sabol is a senior associate at Luftman, Heck & Associates, and heads the firm’s criminal and traffic departments. Mr. Sabol began his legal career with the Franklin County Public Defender, where he quickly earned a reputation as an aggressive defense attorney by trying more cases in Franklin County Municipal Court than most—if not all—other criminal defense attorneys. While often dealing with difficult cases, Mr. Sabol won the majority of his cases, and has added to that winning record with the trials he has had since joining Luftman, Heck & Associates (LHA). Mr. Sabol has exclusively practiced criminal and traffic law, with an emphasis on OVI/DUI defense, drug offenses, theft, crimes of violence, and any cases involving search and seizure issues.


 


Mr. Sabol has practiced in over 25 counties throughout Ohio, representing clients charged with offenses ranging from speeding to aggravated murder. While at LHA, Mr. Sabol has successfully litigated numerous motion hearings and trials, which have resulted in acquittals, favorable plea bargains, dismissals, and appellate rulings that attorneys throughout the state rely upon. Perhaps the greatest testament to Mr. Sabol’s ability is that he has been asked by prosecutors to represent their friends and family when in need.


 


Mr. Sabol is known throughout Ohio for his work in the area of OVI/DUI defense. He is often asked for advice from attorneys around the state, and he is a frequent speaker at OVI/DUI legal seminars attended by defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. Mr. Sabol was one of the first attorneys in Ohio to cross-examine a representative from the Ohio Department of Health on the new Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine. He was also one of the first attorneys in Ohio to successfully have an Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test result suppressed by a judge in a contested motion hearing. Click here for the relevant article from the Columbus Dispatch.


Mr. Sabol became certified in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s) by completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course. Mr. Sabol continued his study of SFST administration by completing a 40 hour course to become certified as an instructor in the administration of SFST’s. Further, Mr. Sabol became certified in the operation of the BAC Datamaster, a common breath testing instrument used throughout Ohio, by completing a supervisor program on breath alcohol testing at the very location where the machines are manufactured. Mr. Sabol has greater certification and training than many of the police officers on the road.


 


Mr. Sabol has appeared on television as a featured speaker on the topic of criminal and traffic defense. Additionally, Mr. Sabol recently co-authored a chapter titled, “Proven Strategies to Effectively Assert Your Client’s Fourth Amendment Rights” in The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases, 2011 ed., a nationally published DUI book to assist defense attorneys across the country in their DUI cases.


 


Mr. Sabol believes that for the criminal justice system to be legitimate—and for the Government to be justified in infringing upon the liberty of its citizens—a defendant must be afforded a complete and zealous defense that challenges both police conduct and the prosecution’s ability to prove their case. Mr. Sabol is devoted to defending his clients from government prosecution, and exhibits a great amount of personal pride in representing each and every case.


 


In his free time, Mr. Sabol enjoys reviewing case law, playing recreational football and softball, and blindly following his favorite Cleveland sports teams.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Patrick James McLaughlin

    I have known Dan since he traveled all the way to SC to take a course aimed at helping him defend DUIs. Not many lawyers will dedicate that kind of time and money to improving their craft. Since then I've followed his work in improving Ohio DUI law for defendants. He is an excellent lawyer and a bright legal mind.

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    Patrick McLaughlin Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Seth David Preisler

    The Best. Only these two words are needed because Mr. Sabol is widely recognized as the top DUI attorney in Central Ohio. I have witnessed him numerous times in court and would choose him to represent me, my family, and anyone else I knew if they needed help.

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    Seth Preisler Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP

580 East Rich St Floor 2
Columbus, OH, 43215

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive200608/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2015
Top 10 DUI Attorneys in OhioAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Avvo Rated AttorneyAvvo2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaThe National Trial Lawyers: Top 1002013
Nationally Ranked Superior DUI AttorneyThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Clients Choiceavvo2013
Avvo Rated AttorneyAvvo2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AssociateLuftman, Heck & Associates, LLP2009 - Present
Staff AttorneyFranklin County Public Defender2007 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2012 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2008 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. Jones, 188 Ohio App.3d 628, 2010-Ohio-2854Suppression upheld, case subsequenty dismissed.
State v. Alihassan, 2012-Ohio-825Case remanded.
State v. O’Dell, 164 Ohio Misc.2d 36, 2011-Ohio-3946Breath test suppressed.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Aspatore Book publicationProven Strategies to Effectively Assert Your Client’s Fourth Amendment Rights (Co-Author)2011

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Ohio State UniversityMarketing and LogisticsBA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors2003

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Trial Skills AcadamyTrial Skills Instructor2014
OVI UpdateReasonable Suspicion2014
OVI Defense UpdateNavarette v. California2014
Advanced DUI SeminarOVI Roadblocks2014
Trial Skills AcademyTrial Skills Instructor2013
The Premier Ohio DUI SeminarThe Collateral Consequences of an OVI / DUI2013
OVI UpdateODH Regulations2013
OVI UpdateSobriety Checkpoint Cases2012
OVI UpdateCollateral Consequences of OVI Convictions2012
General PracticeCriminal Law2012
OVI UpdateAttacking the Books in OVI Cases2011
Ohio Advanced OVI SeminarPleadings You Must File in OVI Cases2011
General PracticeCriminal Law2011
Ohio Advanced OVI SeminarOVI Law in the Trenches2009
Defending Clients Charged with DUIMotions to Suppress2009