Columbus, OH (PRWEB) February 21, 2014
Columbus DUI Attorney Jon J. Saia was recently been featured in the media, and he was also recently featured as a presenter at the 8th Annual Driving into a DUI seminar. The news story, called “State Patrol Crime Lab Called Into Question After Sloppy Work by Employee,” was broadcasted by Columbus, Ohio news station 10TV News (WBNS-10TV). The news segment was posted on the television news station’s website on February 11, 2014.
In the news story, 10TV News interviewed Attorney Saia about substandard work performed by a criminalist for the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab, which impacted the outcome of an OVI (or DUI) case the lawyer personally handled. Because of the lab protocol violations that occurred, Attorney Saia’s client, who had four previous OVI convictions, was able to get a light sentence for an alleged fifth OVI offense that resulted in a bicyclist’s death. (City of Columbus Vs Casey Hakes, Case No. 2013 TR C 135945)
Attorney Saia noted that the crime lab problems made it possible for his client to enter a plea for an OVI charge, which led to a sentence of 30 days in jail rather than up to a year in jail. Mr. Saia explained in the interview that when there are lab errors, the evidence is considered compromised and has to be thrown out.
According to the news report, an internal investigation showed that the criminalist had violated various protocols at the crime lab. Evidence had surfaced that she had carried out the following actions: listed the incorrect assignment date on dozens of drug screens; waited several days to document the transfer of samples; reported using a testing substance that had already been exhausted; and recreated and backdated a daily status report that she had previously destroyed.
In addition to sharing his legal insight in the media, Attorney Saia also recently shared his professional knowledge by conducting a presentation at a DUI seminar. The 8th Annual Driving Into a DUI seminar was held in Key West, Florida on February 20, 2014. He specifically shared on the topic of “Drug Recognition, Evaluation and Classification of Drugged Driving Cases.”
Attorney Saia has more than two decades of experience practicing law. He focuses his legal practice on OVI defense, defense for traffic violations and general criminal defense. Mr. Saia has been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an instructor who can teach on the administration of standardized field sobriety tests. He has also been certified in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC Datamaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instruments (certification by National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.). The attorney regularly serves as a speaker on OVI-related topics.
The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. has a legal team that is backed by more than 100 years of combined experience in the practice of law. The firm’s practice areas are OVI defense, criminal defense, family law and estate planning. Free case evaluations are available to prospective clients. To find more information on The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., visit http://www.splaws.com.