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Douglas Edward Riddell Jr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.7   19 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    60%
    Doug Riddell has extensive experience representing clients faced with DUI charges in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings. He regularly represents clients charged with DUI offenses throughout central Ohio, including Mayor’s courts in Upper Arlington, Grandview, Grove City, Marblecliff, Dublin, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Whitehall.

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Doug Riddell has extensive experience representing clients faced with criminal charges in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings. He regularly represents clients charged with criminal offenses throughout central Ohio, including Mayor’s courts in Upper Arlington, Grandview, Grove City, Marblecliff, Dublin, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Whitehall.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%
    Doug Riddell has extensive experience representing clients faced with speeding and traffic tickets in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings. He regularly represents clients charged with criminal offenses throughout central Ohio, including Mayor’s courts in Upper Arlington, Grandview, Grove City, Marblecliff, Dublin, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Whitehall.

Douglas Riddell focuses his practice on the defense of DUI/OVI, criminal and traffic charges in Ohio.  He has represented thousands of OVI, traffic, and criminal defendants in his career and has gained extensive experience litigating cases in courtrooms throughout Columbus and Central Ohio.  

 

He founded Riddell Law after practicing for several years as a staff attorney in the Franklin County Municipal Court with the goal of combining excellent client service and aggressive DUI and criminal defense with affordable fees. 

 

He regularly practices in courthouses throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, including county, municipal and mayor's courts.

 

He is available to speak with clients 24/7 and will work with clients and potential clients to arrange evening and weekend in person comsultations as needed.  All initial consultations are at no cost to the client. 

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Licensed for 17 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/10/2022

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4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Fred | June 8, 2014
Good guy, follows through, does what he says he will. A++++++++++
I can't say enough good things about Doug Riddell. I found Doug online after receiving a traffic violation from a township police officer that I didn't think was fair. I entered my info on his website on a Saturday morning, and that same afternoon (on a Saturday!) I got a call back from him. Nice guy. Good guy. Very clear communicator. Told me what he thought he could do for me, but set my expectations rationally. His price was fair, and his fee was fixed regardless of whether it took him one court appearance in the township Mayor's Court or if we needed to transfer (appeal) it in to the county court. As it turned out, we needed to transfer it. So Doug worked on the case for about 5-6 weeks, all for his fair fixed fee. In the end he was able to do exactly what he thought he would. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. Doug is a really good guy (not something you'll often hear about an attorney). He does what he says he will. He's a clear communicator, he sets expectations clearly, then he follows up and follows through. I hope I don't need him again soon, but if I do, I'm 1000% positive who I'll call. If you need a traffic attorney, and I hope you don't, Doug Riddell has my STRONGEST recommendation and endorsement.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Painless!
No sooner than 5 minutes after I submitted a form on his website, I got a call from Doug. I got a speeding ticket going 70 in a 55. A 2pt offense which would have caused my insurance to increase. I explained the situation to him and that I hoped to get it reduced to a 0pt offense. He was confident he could do that for me, which relieved my stress. A few days later, he called to let me know it was reduced to a 0pt offense. Case closed. Cheaper fine and no worry of my insurance going up. If my driving record were a little better, I'm certain he could have gotten the charge dismissed all together! The process was quick and painless! No need for me to drive downtown, find parking, wait in a lobby for hours until my case is called and then trying to plan a good defense for myself. Avoiding that hassle was well worth his flat rate ($150). And the outcome made it all the better! Should I (or family/friends) need a defense for any traffic related deal, I'll be certain to call him again. I wish I had used him in the past!
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Posted by Muhanned | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Changed my opinion on lawyers
Got a ticket beginning of October 80/65…Doug got it dismissed after an online class…got another ticket mid October 87/65…I thought I was screw and honestly I deserved it…Doug got that dismissed too…honestly I don’t know how he does it but I offered to add him to my last will and testament…he declined of course…wouldn’t even accept a tip…if you have a ticket call him, you won’t regret it.
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Posted by David | April 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer out of all the lawyers I've ever have had! Top-notch and affordable!
This is the lawyer for you if you want someone that is going to work hard for you, and get the best possible outcome that a lawyer can. Doug Riddell is top-notch! He has been my husband's attorney on three cases (OVI, violation of a protection order, and probation violation)...My husband kept his work driving privileges the whole time of his OVI suspension, and didn't have to miss work to go to court until the final hearing. Also he kept him out of jail. The protection order case was dismissed at the first hearing. The probation violation is still pending, but he has already done more than we expected, and we have complete faith that he will come through for us yet again. I stop short of calling him a miracle worker, but I would recommend him to anyone in a bad spot. He is affordable, and he really works hard for you. His honesty is refreshing! Look no further, as a phone call to Doug Riddell will be the best decision you make.
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Posted by Meagan | March 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BRAVO, thank you Doug!
As the process moved along, Doug was very professional, efficient, and quick moving with his representation on my case. This provided a lot of certainty and ease for me. He was always quick to communicate and make sure we were on the same page. He was able to get me a fair deal, which allowed me to move on and focus on the future. I highly recommend Douglas to anyone that likes working with good honest people who are ALSO COST efficient and give great results, wanted to say thanks Doug for representation you trust and can count on.
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Posted by Yasser | January 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Can’t really find the words to say how great attorney Doug is. Done a great job for my traffic violation and had it dismissed, very well communicating, Amazing work. Way to go Mr. Doug
Posted by Derek | November 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in town
Mr. Riddell was pivotal in getting my OVI charge dropped! He was very professional and available whenever I needed to call. In court he made sure we got in and out in a timely fashion. He was very informative and didn’t sell me any pipe dreams. I’d recommend Mr. Riddell 100 times over. Oh and did I mention he was reasonably priced?
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Posted by James | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Representation.
I recently resolved a very complex legal situation I was facing in Ohio. Doug not only delivered more than he said he would, he did so very quickly and for an extremely reasonable fee considering all that he did. Every step of the way he was very straightforward, providing an honest expectation of results and time frame, both of which he ultimately delivered on. He was responsive and helpful throughout the entire process. I would send my closest friends to him without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Doug Riddell for an Attorney
We hired Doug Riddell to represent my wife on a bogus Domestic Violence charge. The sad thing about mandatory DV protocol is if there is the smallest inkling that someone made physical contact someone is going to jail for the night. Or in my wife's case a holiday weekend. Even though there was nary a scratch by the person making the complaint. People know this police protocol and use it as a weapon against unsuspecting defendants to put them in jail after provoking an incident and escalating it enough to bring a charge. Luckily for us, we did our homework. Saw the good reviews for Doug Riddell. His price and advice was fair and concise. After hiring him we followed his instructions to the letter and the case was dismissed for insufficient evidence. Would highly recommend him for any criminal prosecution attempt. He kept us informed about the case and was always on time to represent us.
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Posted by John | October 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free Consultation
Called Mr. Riddell up for his advice regarding a speeding ticket. Left a message with the secretary he called me back within the hour. Told him my situation and he gave it to me strait. He was very down to earth and friendly. Now I may be on my way to possibly not receive a ticket or points on my license.
Posted by Khalil | September 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Was very fortunate to find and hire Mr Riddell to defend my speeding ticket I received in Columbus. I live in Michigan and he handled everything by telephone and email. He communicated promptly to inform me of the process. He got my charge dismissed. I would highly recommend him in the Columbus area. Thank you Douglas Riddell!
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Posted by Angie | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation & reasonable fees
I accidentally drove on a non-hazmat route. Was ticketed for environmental misdeamnor-which could have carried jail time & large fine and failure to obey traffic device-(sign) which was a 2pt violation. He called and kept in contact with me-not some secretary. He even called me on the weekend. He went to both court hearings for me. He closed the case w/no pts on my license, the traffic device ticket was dropped and the other only had a $100 fine and can be expunged in a year. Impressed with his communication and peofessionalism. Very reasonable fees for his service! Highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choose this Lawyer
I was charged with OVI and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. I was in an accident and refused the breathalyzer, an action which carries an automatic 1 year license suspension if convicted. I met with Mr. Riddell and he could not have been more helpful or encouraging. After several court dates in which he continued to work with the prosecution on a deal he was able to get a plea worked out. The OVI was reduced to reckless driving and the paraphernalia charge was waived. Additionally I was not required to attend any sort of weekend class for driving and I had no driving restrictions at all! My license was fully reinstated the same day as my court appearance. The only penalty was the minimum fine for the reckless driving charge plus court costs. This was a first offense for me but I could not have hoped for a better result. Mr. Riddell charges a flat rate in most cases and it was much more affordable than all of the other OVI attorneys I looked at. Needless to say I am ecstatic with the representation I received and I highly recommend Mr. Riddell for all driving related issues.
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Posted by Robert | July 25, 2015
Great Lawyer
As a truck driver we have to keep a good driving record. I was ticketed in Columbus for speed and Mr Riddell was able to get the ticket dismissed with court cost and a driving course. I found Mr Riddell on internet and he was very professional and was very helpful. I will recommend Mr Riddell to any truck driver or anyone who needs great legal counsel.
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Posted by Chris | August 29, 2014
Good Guy, Great Lawyer, Very Effective!
Douglas Riddell is very responsive and an excellent communicator. I found Doug online after receiving a traffic ticket in a speed trap area near downtown Columbus that I didn't think was fair since the officer pulled me over right before the sign changed speeds. Not even a full day later after entering my information on the site did Doug reach out to me to hear my side of the story and take on my case. I actually couldn't reach out to Doug until Day 7 of my 10 days until my court appearance and Doug helped me navigate how to get an extension so that he could review and work on my case. He gave me clear instructions on what to send him and then clearly stated what he thought he could do for me after reviewing. Doug is great at what he does and his predictions more than came true. His price is more than fair (believe me I received some crazy offers from other lawyers in the mail). I would recommend Doug to anyone who needs his services and I would use him in the future as well if needed (although I don't anticipate receiving any more speeding tickets anytime soon)!
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Posted by Doug | May 18, 2013
Good Attorney for Ohio
Doug handled our situation expertly with great professionalism. He is knowledgeable and we got an outstanding result.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2013
Excellent
Mr. Riddell did an excellent job handling a speeding ticket I received. He was responsive and got me into a diversion program so that I received no points for the ticket. I frequently recommend friends and family in need of criminal or traffic advice to Mr. Riddell.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Representation
Made a mistake not a criminal act. Unfair treatment by the officer, errors on the ticket and the facts pertinent to the incident should have resulted in the dismissal of the ticket with no court costs and no need for taking the defensive driving course I was forced to take. I have an excellent driving record.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Questionable - Steer Clear
I hired Mr. Riddell for an OVI ticket and might as well represented myself. My case felt as if he was managing me through a process created in favor of the prosecutor and judge who basically was prosecuting from the bench. I have the right to face my accuser and many times was denied this right and he didn't fight for it. I was repeatedly asked by him to wait in the hallway for every appearance barring the last. In the end, I was given excessive punishment as part of a plea deal that you wouldn't even get risking a public defender. The punishment rendered was far outside of what is prescribed by law with maximum penalties imposed.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Riddell Law LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Franklin County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2010

Education

  • University of Cincinnati
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State v. Romage, Ohio Supreme Court, 2014-Ohio-783
  • Defense Victory - Criminal Statute Found Unconstitutional in Ohio Supreme Court
  • State v. Jacobs, Athens M.C. No. 13TRC02538 (June 26, 2013)
  • Evidence insufficient to support probable cause for OVI arrest; motion to suppress granted and OVI charge dismissed.
  • State v. Romage, 10th Dist. No. 11AP-822, 2012-Ohio-3381
  • The Tenth District Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the trial court ruling in our favor finding the charge against our client under ORC 2905.05(A) unconstitutional.

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Columbus Lawyer Finder
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Inc.
  • Attorney Mentor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star - DUI Law
  • Ohio SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Avvo Rated Attorney
  • Avvo 10.0
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in Columbus
  • Columbus CEO Magazine
  • 2017
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2017
  • Silver Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus CEO Magazine
  • 2016
  • Certification
  • NHSTA Approved Curriculum for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Avvo Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Avvo Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Public Service
  • Franklin County Public Defender
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • My Driver's License Has Been Suspended. Now What?
  • 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • What You Should Know About Municipal Courts
  • 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • What to Expect in Traffic Court (Update)
  • 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • What You Should Know About Obstruction of Justice
  • 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • "Castle Laws" Change Self Defense Rights
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Driver Intervention Program
  • Ohio DUI / OVI Law
  • 2015
  • DIP - Driver Intervention Program
  • Ohio DUI / OVI Law
  • 2015
  • Knowing Your Rights - DUI / OVI in Ohio
  • Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • 2014
  • Driver Intervention Program
  • Ohio DUI Law
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug has been involved in defending individuals in Franklin County for quite some time. He really knows what he is doing and will fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can strongly recommend Doug. He is extremely attentive and responsive to his clients' needs. I have had the opportunity to consult with him about my clients' legal needs and have always found him to be an excellent resource. He has the uncommon combination of experience, knowledge and a client-focused approach to the practice of law. Strongly endorsed!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Doug on several matters and continue to be impressed with his tenacity, commitment to his clients and willingness to go the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for each of his clients. He is incredibly responsive to clients regularly answering client calls and questions after hours. He is honest, compassionate, and works diligently on each and every case to ensure that all of his clients get the best service and results possible in their traffic, DUI / OVI or criminal defense case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first had the pleasure of working with Doug in the public defender’s office, where we co-counseled several trials which resulted in our clients being found “not guilty.” I continue to be impressed with Doug’s body of work, and he has a well-earned reputation within the community as an attorney who will not acquiesce to prosecutor’s demands; to the contrary, he is more than willing to litigate any case in front of him. I trust and respect Doug, and I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Friend
"If I ever found myself in a jam, I would not hesitate to entrust Doug with my defense. His clients are well served by his wits, intelligence, and dogged pursuit of justice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Gets great results for clients. Professional, smart, and outstanding."
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