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Cleve Mitchell Johnson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Cleve

Learn Cleve’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    Also complex BMV and complex driver's license litigation

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Professional Status

Criminal Defense Attorney 1979 to present

 

Admitted To Practice Before:

Ohio Supreme Court

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals For the Sixth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

 

Teaching and Education

Frequent Lecturer both state and nationwide to attorneys in continuing legal education seminars sponsored by (see ):

National College for DUI Defense

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association

Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ohio Trial Lawyer’s Association

Lorman Educational Services

Frequent organizer (choosing speakers and topics) of traffic seminars for Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations.

Frequent Lecturer At Maryhaven and Parkside Alcohol Treatment Centers

FrequentAuthor of Articles in Professional Journals and Newspapers (seeState Bar Journal Article).

Certified To Operate, Calibrate, and Perform Diagnostic Verification On Datamaster Breath Testing Machine In Course at National Patent Factory, Mansfield, Ohio

 

Public Service and Government Appointments

Governor's Task Force on Impaired Driving

Impaired Driving Task Force, Department of Highway Safety

Traffic Subcommittee of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission

Joint Special Jury Instructions Committee on Senate Bill 123

Frequent Testimony Before Committees of Ohio Legislature

Member of Ohio Delegation, Aggressive Driving and the Law Symposium, Washington D.C. Sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

Judicial Screening Committee, Columbus Bar Association

 

Professional Affiliations

National College for DUI Defense

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ohio State Bar Association

Three times Chair of Traffic Law Committee

Columbus Bar Association

Former Chair of Municipal Court Committee

Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Former Chair of Criminal Law Section of the Ohio Trial Lawyer’s Association (Now Ohio Association For Justice)

 

University Education

B.A. Ohio State University, 1975

J.D. Capital University, 1979

Location

Cleve M. Johnson, Attorney At Law
495 South High Street
Suite 400
Columbus, OH, 43215-5058

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Reviews

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Posted by kim | January 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
outstanding
a smashing success . Mr. Johnson got my driving license back for me after 15 years of not having one. His knowledge of the system was second to none.
Posted by Pete | May 5, 2014
Cleve Johnson Review DUI Attorney
I was faced in a very uncomfortable situation where I needed to hire an attorney to represent me in Franklin County Court. I do recommend Cleve Johnson for anybody needing representation. He went above and beyond what I thought I would receive from an attorney. I felt comfortable with Cleve and he made me feel comfortable with the process. He paid special attention to my case and it ended favorably for me. I feel like I have developed a friend with Mr. Johnson and would definitely go to, or recommend Cleve Johnson for any future attorney services .
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Posted by Drew | March 26, 2014
OVI defense attorney, the BEST attorney you can get
We all make mistakes. I did and was pulled over basically for pulling out of a bar. This is very common and they make up a reason for pulling you over. Next thing you know they say they smell the odor of alcohol and would like you to preform sobriety tests. At that point it doesn't matter what you were pulled over for the police believe they have an OVI and will arrest you. If it wasn't for Cleve Johnson I most definitely would have been convicted because I gave the police all the evidence they needed. It takes a lawyer like Cleve to find errors in how the police treated the situation. Cleve takes his time and puts forth every effort to make the outcome of the case the way you want it. He is the best, trust me. Thank you Cleve!!!!
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Posted by lounis | March 14, 2014
thank you for solving my issue so fast, finally got my job back
It was great decision that i made to take this lawyer represents me, i was very stressed and almost lost my job, i asked some friends and told me that m,y problem couldn't be solved even with a lawyer but i gave it shot and went to see Cleve Johnson, he told me how he is going to process and that i have 75% to win the case, i did not really believ him because every lawyer won;t say tha he is going to loose any case, but i had some faith considering that was my last chance to get back my job Two days after i talk to him he got the problem solved!!! i was shocked !!! really didn't realize that was so easy for him. i want just say thank you so much to get my job back and also thank you for being honest.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
Knowledgeable and Affordable
Mr. Johnson represented me and was great. Not only is he very knowledgeable, he is very honest. Throughout my entire case, he made sure I understood my rights and options as well as explained all possible outcomes.
Posted by Daniel | October 28, 2012
License Suspension
I had an issue where I could not renew my OH license because of a National driver register block out of PA. Cleve knew the system and the law and knew exactly how to word it. Now my license is renewed and the block has been permanently removed. He was never overly optimistic with me about anything. Which I liked because the last time i had an attorney he acted like i could get out of it no problem and the result was what I would have gotten with a public defender. Bottom Line... If you have issues with the Ohio BMV or With OVI in OH Im not saying cleve can absoloutley help you, but if anyone can its Cleve Johnson.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2012
Great Columbus Area Lawyer
My case was a complicated case, complicated by the jurisdiction of the officer and his poor knowledge of the applicable law. He charged me with a crime that I was not guilty of and what should have been a minor misdemeanor became a case that could have affected my job and license to practice. Cleve did a fantastic job analyzing the case, determining the validity of and then researching. He always was honest with me. Although he thought that we had a good solid defense he always let me know what could happen along the way if for some reason we received rulings against us. To make a long story short, Cleve was able to work with the prosecutor and the judge, the charges were reduced to what the charge should have been (Minor traffic violation). The judge dismissed the small fine and court cost. Cleve took what could have been a terrible outcome and settled it as best as anyone could have.
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Posted by Tim | July 23, 2012
Very trust worthy
Cleve Johnson was very honest with me . A great person to tell you honest what was going on. Would recommend him and already have . Put me at ease in head games
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Education

  • Capital University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • If you were a criminal defendant, would you want the style of the case bearing your name published here?

Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chairman, Traffic Law Committee
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Organized and Presented Annual DUI Seminars
  • 2009 - 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Instructor
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chairman, Traffic Law Committee
  • 2002 - 2003
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Honors and Awards

  • Appointed Impaired Driving Task Force
  • Ohio Department of Highway Safety
  • 2005
  • Appointed Governor's Task Force on Impaired Driving
  • Governor's Office
  • 2003
  • Ohio Delegation, Aggressive Driving and the Law Symposium
  • NHTSA & Federal Highway Administration
  • 1999
  • Served on Traffic Subcommittee
  • Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Ohio State Bar Asociation "Ohio Lawyer" Journal
  • Do OVI Cases Betray A Hidden Agenda Behind Daubert?
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual OVI Seminar
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Web Site
  • 2012
  • Northeast Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association Meeting
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Regulations
  • 2012
  • Judges's Summer Meeting/Seminar
  • Coming to a Court Near You: The Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2012
  • Convention Traffic Law Seminar
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 regulations
  • 2012
  • Columbus Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Traffic Law
  • 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association Convention Traffic Law Seminar
  • How the 8000 regulations and logs are different
  • 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual OVI Update Seminar
  • Topic #1: The Intoxilyzer 8000 Regulations Topic #2: A Second Look at HB 338
  • 2011
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAnnual DUI Seminar
  • The Department of Health's Intoxilyzer Online Data
  • 2011
  • Lyons & Lyons Thanksgiving OVI Seminar
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000-Things To Look For On the Internet
  • 2011
  • Lorain County Bar Association, OVI – New Trends and Tactics
  • How the new ODH regulations and the 8000 logs are different from anything we have seen before
  • 2011
  • Columbus Bar Association--OVI Part II
  • Organized Seminar and chose topics as well as selected & introduced speakers
  • 2011
  • Columbus Bar Association--OVI Part I Organized Seminar (chose topics as well as selected & introduced speakers)
  • Common as Well As Obscure Mistakes Lawyers Make In OVI cases -- and how to avoid them.
  • 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual OVI Update Seminar
  • Administrative License Suspension
  • 2010
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual DUI Seminar
  • Overcoming Our Miseducation About How Persuasion Really Works
  • 2010
  • Mahoning County Bar Association OVI – New Trends and Tactics
  • How the new ODH regulations and the 8000 logs are very different from anything we have seen before
  • 2010
  • Columbus Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • House Bill 338
  • 2010
  • Columbus Bar Association Annual DUI Seminar
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association Convention
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual OVI Seminar
  • Administrative License Suspension Appeals
  • 2009
  • Musinkgum County Bar Association OVI Seminar
  • The Bureau of Motor Vehicles and License Suspension Issues
  • 2009
  • Columbus Bar Association--OVI Seminar Part I
  • The October 16, 2009 revisions to the suspensions no ops & other statutes
  • 2009
  • Columbus Bar Association--OVI Part II
  • What Defense Attorneys Want Prosecutors to Know
  • 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Annual DUI Seminar
  • Traps for Lawyers: The Defense Perspective: Constitutional Issues.
  • 2008
  • Ohio State Bar Association New Lawyers Seminar
  • OVI Cases
  • 2008
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Year End Seminar
  • Senate Bill 17 and other 2008 law changes
  • 2008
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • Lessons Learned form Political Consultants and Others.
  • 2008
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Committee
  • Recent Developments and Potential Additional Changes to Ohio's DUI Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Cleve
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable of the many intricacies of Ohio OVI law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"I had the opportunity to confer with Mr. Johnson in connection with a client facing a pending DUI in Maryland who also had a prior alcohol related driving offense in Ohio. Mr. Johnson provided a excellent understanding of the Ohio Statute 4511. It is a complicated law and prospective clients seeking help with a DUI will no doubt be well served by an attorney with his command of the law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cleve is a good friend, a loyal and knowledgeable colleague, and an asset to the legal community in the DUI / OVI area. I have never seen anybody more analytically inclined than Cleve. If there is a problem in a case then he will find it! I highly recommend Cleve."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Other
"I have seen Cleve speak at many OVI/DUI seminars over the years and have gained a lot of knowledge in the area from him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Johnson is a very skilled and artful litigator of the highest order. His ability to advocate effectively for his position is remarkable. His reputation for achieving great results for the citizen accused by the government of a crime is well known. His reputation for excellence in all matters is a hard earned national one. This reputation far exceeds the bounds of his state as evidenced by this lawyer from Central Pennsylvania not only knowing of him but in that I can personally attest through first hand observation his high level of proficiency in litigation and in the defense of the citizen accused. Superior, fantastic and skilled. He is the one I would put in my corner every time."
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Columbus DUI and DWI Lawyer Cleve Mitchell Johnson
Cleve Mitchell Johnson
DUI and DWI Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 44 years