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’s office, where he quickly earned a reputation as one of the most aggressive attorney’s in the office. While at the Public Defender’s office, Mr. Sabol had more trials in Franklin County Municipal Court than most—if not all—other criminal defense attorney’s. Though often confronted with complex and difficult cases, Mr. Sabol won the majority of them he took to trial.
Upon joining the law firm of Luftman, Heck & and Associates (LHA), Mr. Sabol has practiced exclusively 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 23 counties around the state, dealing with charges ranging from speeding to aggravated murder. Mr. Sabol has successfully litigated dozens of motion hearings, and has managed to improve his already winning record in trials since joining LHA. Perhaps the greatest testament to Mr. Sabol’s ability is that he is consistently asked by prosecutors to represent their friends and family when in need.
Mr. Sabol has been at the forefront of Ohio OVI/DUI defense, and is often asked for advice from attorneys around the state. In particular, 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.
Mr. Sabol was initially certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for successfully completing the same training that is required for law enforcement officers to conduct roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). Mr. Sabol went on to become certified as an instructor on the SFST’s, and he is likely to have greater certification than the majority of 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 has devoted his career to defending his clients from government prosecution, and he takes a great amount of pride in vehemently representing every one of his clients. He further believes in the importance of being available to his clients, and making sure they understand the procedures associated with their case. As a result, Mr. Sabol freely gives his cell phone number to every one of his clients. When not in the office or dealing directly with cases, Mr. Sabol enjoys reviewing case law, playing recreational football and softball, and blindly following his favorite Cleveland sports teams.