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Terrence Robert Rudes

DUI and DWI Attorney at Port Clinton, OH

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Terrence Rudes, Terry Rudes

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Terrence

Learn Terrence’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    95%
    Successfully representing people charged with DUI/OVI at trial and on appeals and other traffic offenses

    38 years, 3,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    5%
    Successfully representing those charged with crimes from Aggravated Murder, drug offenses, to Disorderly Conduct

    38 years, 2,500 cases

Location

Rudes Law Office
216 Adams Street
Port Clinton, OH, 43452

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Reviews

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Posted by Ray | November 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
I was charged with OVI. After vetting several attorneys, I chose Mr. Rudes to represent me. Mr. Rudes is very professional and straight forward. He explained to me what the possible consequences of the OVI charge would be and what my options were. Mr. Rudes said "tell me what you want the outcome to be and that is what we will shoot for. Because I could not drive, Mr. Rudes came to my home to discuss my case. He gave me a questionnaire to fill out which was very thorough. Mr. Rudes asked me a lot of questions about my background, my family and the circumstances leading to my OVI charge. On the day of the pre-trial, Mr. Rudes presented my options after he had spent a lot of time researching my case and then talking with the prosecuting attorney. I was surprised by the offer presented to me on the pre-trial day which was dismissal if the one-year ALS (adminstrative license suspension as I refused the BAC text), reduction of OVI to reckless operation, fine and 3-day alcohol intervention program. Mr. Rudes wanted me to take my case to trial as he believed the officer who charged me with OVI had no reason to pull me over and the circumstances surrounding my OVI were questionable at best. I decided to take the plea deal and get everything over with the day of the pre-trial. I walked out of the courtroom with my life back; I was able to drive again! Had me personal circumstances been different, I would have followed Mr. Rudes advice and taken my case to trial. In the end, Mr. Rudes did exactly what he said he would do. Mr. Rudes worked hard for me, not as just another client, but on a personal level. I highly recommend Mr. Rudes to anyone facing a OVI such as I was. Not only was my outcome good, I feel I have gained a new friend.
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Posted by Tammie | March 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney!!
Attorney Rudes represented me for an incident in which I refused to take the breathalyzer. Attorney Rudes helped me to plea to Reckless Op 2nd offense. He helped me establish restricted driving privileges for 6 months and I attended the DIP program which was also court ordered. Upon the end of my 6 month license suspension I realized there was still an ALS against my drivers license that required a $475 payment. Both Attorney Rudes and I did not feel that was correct . Attorney Rudes took this matter before the Judge and he agreed with Attorney Rudes despite the prosecutor’s objections. I know have my driving privileges back and I can’t thank Attorney Rudes enough!
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Posted by Sebina | October 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A blessing!
As an owner/operator of my business as a truckdriver, I found myself in a situation that eventually put me near bankruptcy and a record on my license. I was out of work for many months and was going to give up my fight when I met Terrence. I met him after hearing him speak and all is history from there. I would NOT be where I am today, if it weren't for Terrence! I can honestly say that he went well above and beyond any expectations! (At the point of our meeting, I was ready to give up). The message I received from my previous lawyer was, the case is closed and the results were what they were. Terrence saw the mistakes when I showed him my ruling and the records I had from the previous lawyer, and his words were "I'm not guaranteeing anything, but I will look into it and get back with you." That set the road to my returning to my truck and my record being fixed when I thought my business and my trucking days were over and done. Terrence was truly a blessing, when we met and I would recommend him and his talent to anyone! As a lawyer, he has an empathetic side, which my previous lawyer did not. His ability to work with you on a personal level is unmatched from other lawyers. Terrence is not a lawyer, he is an angel! I can go on and on, but there really aren't enough words to express my gratitude and Terrence will never know the extent of how he changed my life and saved my business! He is a wonderful man, and an EXCELLENT lawyer! To those who may think this is too good to be true, its the truth! I will be forever thankful that our paths met. If you do not have Terrence as your lawyer, you have the wrong lawyer! Thank you Terrence!
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Attorney
Let me just start by saying that Terry is a true professional, down to earth and honest. I am a professional in the transportation industry and am required to travel worldwide for my job. I was faced with the risk of losing my career after being pulled over for OVI, Terry came highly recommended and I soon became aware that his knowledge of DUI law in Ohio is unmatched. He is in my opinion one of the best attorneys in Ohio and I am thankful that I was lucky enough to have him representing me. I would recommend that he be at the top of anyone's list when looking for representation in the Port Clinton/Ottawa county area.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2017
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The best
Mr. Rudes was very knowledgeable of the DUI laws in ohio. He was able to help guide me through the whole process of my case. He was very attentive and always kept me in the loop. He was able to work with the prosecutor to achieve the best possible outcome for my case. THE BEST
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Worth every dollar! Highly recommended
Where do I begin?... Well, I will start off by saying Terry is a down to earth man who really knows his stuff which is exactly what you need in a lawyer! He really went above and beyond to help me with my unique case. I was charged with an OVI and violation of probation. However, I really wasn't drinking and driving. It's a long story, so to sum it up, he listened to what I had to say and fought for me. I work in the medical field and could lose my medical license by getting in trouble with the law. He understood how detrimental this was to me and to my career. The outcome of my case was that the OVI charge was dismissed and community service for the probation violation. I could not have asked for a better outcome!! He cost more than other lawyers, and is worth every extra dollar. It is true that you get what you pay for! I would highly recommend him! I'll forever be grateful for the impact he had in my life. He seemed genuine as well, and talked to me about issues in my life that led up to this incident, and gave me "fatherly" advice. Thank you Terry for everything!!! A+++
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
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Simply Awesome
I was charged for an OVI in the small municipality of Oregon. I initially hired a family friend, who primarily practices criminal law. This being a 1st offense, my expectations we to be offered a lesser plea. My initial counselor was not able to convince the prosecutor to offer such plea. He suggested that we schedule a jury trial and proceed down that route. While my initial counselor bought me some time, I did a bunch of research with some other friends in the legal field. They discussed my case among themselves and met with me for details. They then referred me to Mr. Rudes. After a lengthy phone call and completing his questionnaire, he offered to represent me. Mr Rudes asked me tons of questions and provided an incredible amount of information. He shared every detail of the process and what I should expect. He also prepared me for the worst case results. We met at court a few days later and we had postpone the pretrial due to some paperwork mix-up in the court. We met again a week later at court to see if we needed a trial. He met with the prosecutor, and whatever conversation they had, he returned with a greatly lessened plea, much reduced punishment, and managed to reduce my suspension from 1 year to 6 months. This seemed extremely unlikely but he pulled it off. I could not be happier with Mr. Rudes. He is an honest, attentive, available, and responsive professional. He knows his craft inside and out and developed a strategy in preparation for the worst. He carries himself with confidence but not arrogance. I would hire him again without hesitation.
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Posted by SuAnn | April 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST ATTORNEY I KNOW!!!
Attorney Terry Rudes stood behind me in proving my innocence in my case in Erie County Court !!!!! I am extremely grateful that he was recommended to me by Attorney Terry Dunn!!! I highly recommend Terry Rudes to represent anyone that needs representation!!! He is a no nonsense kind of guy who is very down to earth and humble!!! He kicked ass and took names in court for me!!!!!! He is a God send to me!!!! I am eternally grateful for him and his wife Kim!!! Great people!!!
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Posted by Eric | February 1, 2016
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Worth every penny!!!!! Excellence
I was faced with a 4th ovi. I wreaked my car and was injured in the accident. They took blood at the hospital. It was a very hi bac. The courts waited 3 months until I was healed up before they even let me know I was going to be tried for the wreck and ovi. The tickets and court summons came in the mail. No one would take my case, but two separate attorneys recommend Mr. Rudes they said he was the best. They didn't lie!!! I never had to step before a judge or even enter a courtroom. Mr. Rudes did it all...the blood test was no match for him, it was thrown out. I walked away with less than 200 in fines and just a failure to maintain control, and no probation or license lose! I would recommend him to anyone that's in a looks like a know way out situation. He can help!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2015
Terrence Rudes Review
I hired Terry to represent me as I was charged with OUI and reckless operation of a watercraft. Long story short, Attorney Rudes got the case dismissed. This was better than I hoped for. Terry has amazing knowledge of the law. He is an excellent strategist. I am very grateful for his representation and highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
Terry Rudes - An Excellent Attorney
Mr. Rudes presented himself very professionally, very capably, and very confidently from our first phone conversation to our last. He gave me clear direction on what he needed from me, what I should expect from the Court and the process I was involved in, and he did an excellent job of gathering as many facts as quickly as he could to assist me with my case. He asked me lots of detailed questions to be sure he had a complete and accurate history of what happened in my case to be sure I was treated legally and fairly. The outcome he won in my case was a miracle! I believe Terry Rudes is an excellent attorney and has established himself as an excellent practitioner with opposing attorneys, the Courts, and with the clients he very capably represents. I am very thankful for all his help and expert handling of my case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Education

  • University of Toledo
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Anderson, 2006-Ohio-1568
  • DUI Conviction reversed
  • State v. Durnwald, (2005) 163 Ohio App.3d 361
  • DUI Conviction reversed
  • Eaken v. Hirt, 2005-Ohio-3046
  • successful judgment
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 1982 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1979 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • 1979 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Traffic Law Update
  • Understanding the Intoxilyzer 8000 (OH-5)
  • 2011
  • Traffic Law Update
  • Beating the Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2011
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Things You Absolutely Must Know to handle DUI cases
  • 2011
  • DUI Law Update
  • Operation and Errors of the Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2010
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Winning on Appeal
  • 2010
  • DUI Seminar Update
  • Defending Destroyed Video Cases
  • 2009
  • DUI Seminar
  • Using GPS Data in the Defense
  • 2008
  • Traffic Law Update
  • Beating the Administrative License Suspension
  • 2007
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Confrontation Under Crawford
  • 2007
  • Traffic Law Update
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2006
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Evidentiary Issues in Drugged Driving Cases
  • 2006
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Perfecting an Appeal to Win
  • 2006
  • Traffic Law Update
  • Vehicular Homicide Defense
  • 2003
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • How to Win a DUI Trial
  • 2003
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Representation in DUI Cases
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Terry for years and we often travel to similar courts. Terry is a very thorough attorney and great practitioner in OVI law. He presents at numerous seminars teaching other Lawyers about OVI law. Anytime a potential client tells me they are represented by him I say with confidence that they are in "good hands.""
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Rudes knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rudes is an exemplary DUI/DWI practitioner. If you need help and live in his geographical practice area as well as other parts of Ohio, you could not go wrong retaining him to defend you and protect your rights in the judicial system."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse Terry Rudes. He is a leader in the Ohio DUI / DWI community. He represents his cilents very well, as evidenced by many wins at the trial court and many wins in the courts of appeals. He willingly helps and instructs other lawyers who are in need, and he is in constant pursuit of new arguments, new caselaw, and new science. He is an innovator, and he is an excellent lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rudes is a fellow member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers(OACDL). He is an excellent OVI/DUI attorney and often contributes to the OACDL list serve and annual DUI seminar in Ohio. I have consulted Mr. Rudes and taken his advise in many different OVI/DUI cases. I strongly endorse Mr. Rudes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Rudes exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and displays a level of professionalism, confidence and skill we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law, which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law and a benefit from our inherent desire to provide solutions to problems. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in this forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to help those in need. This Attorney’s experience and knowledge, I believe, demonstrates that there is a desire to provide accurate advice and obtain appropriate results for clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with their legal problems for which we collectively provide useful information, thereby demystifying the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. There is no other that I would send my clients too if they were in trouble up North. Terry is always on the cutting edge of DUI law!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have sent clients to Terry in the past and each one was handled with success and each client raved about Terry. I have also been on seminar panels with him and found that he knew more than all the rest on the panel. He is a fighter and is well qualified to handle any OVI issue with success. I highly recommend him and endorse his work."
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Port Clinton DUI and DWI Lawyer Terrence Robert Rudes
Terrence Robert Rudes
DUI and DWI Attorney
Port Clinton, OH
Licensed for 46 years