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Douglas E. Riddell

Douglas E. Riddell

Aggressive DUI & Traffic Defense | Protect Your Record
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law
  • Ohio
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Douglas Riddell's practice is devoted to defending clients facing DUI / OVI, traffic and criminal misdemeanor charges. With of years of experience practicing criminal defense in Central Ohio, he personally reviews, analyzes and implements a unique proactive defense strategy in each and every case that comes into to his office.

University of Notre Dame
B.A. | Political Science
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University of Cincinnati College of Law
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Professional Experience
Owner / Attorney at Law
Riddell Law LLC
- Current
Staff Attorney
Franklin County Public Defender's Office
Articles & Publications
What to Do If Your License is Suspended
Ohio State Bar Association
What You Should Know About Municipal Courts
Ohio State Bar Association
What to Expect in Traffic Court
Ohio State Bar Association
What You Should Know About Plea Bargains in Criminal and Traffic Cases (Update)
Ohio State Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Crossroads Recovery Services, Driver Intervention Program
Approved Curriculum for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA)
Rising Star
Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review ratings
The AV Preeminent is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Riddell has been rated by judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. The AV Preeminent rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States, and is the highest rating offered by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The Legal Ability Rating indicates professional ability in a specific area of practice and is based on five key areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience. The General Ethical Standards Rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.
Ohio Rising Star
Ohio SuperLawyers
Top Lawyers List
Columbus CEO Magazine
Ohio Rising Star
Ohio SuperLawyers
Ohio Rising Star
Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine
Ohio Rising Star
SuperLawyers Magazine
Doug was chosen as one of only four Ohio Rising Stars in the area of Criminal Defense: DUI. Ohio Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Rising Stars list consists of selected attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
Top Lawyers
Columbus CEO
Client Distinction Award
Less than 1% of the 900,000 attorneys listed on and have been awarded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction. This honor is awarded based upon client nominations and ratings in the following areas: ? Communications Ability ? Responsiveness ? Quality of Service ? Value for Money
Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar
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Columbus Bar Association
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Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Columbus Bar, Inc.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    At your free initial consultation, Mr. Riddell will review the facts of your case, begin to identify weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, and begin to explore potential defense strategies.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For information about our flat transparent fees, call our attorneys at (614) 361-2804 or visit our website at
Practice Areas
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Driving Under Suspension
  • Expungements
  • Failure to Stop After An Accident (Hit Skip)
  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Violations
  • Marijuana Possession / Paraphernalia
  • Reckless Driving
  • Speeding Tickets
  • Theft
  • Underage Drinking / Fake ID
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I have two speeding tickets in OH in 2 weeks and just got a traffic camera showing I sped through a red. What do I do
A: I would recommend speaking with an Ohio traffic attorney regarding the details of your traffic offenses. The possible penalties will depend on your traffic record leading up these most recent citations.

Generally, a speeding ticket in Ohio generally carries two or four points, depending on how much over the limit you were speeding. In Ohio, you are permitted up to twelve points on your record within a two year period. Once you reach 12 points, your driver's license will be suspended. Talking to an Ohio traffic attorney will help you to determine your options given your driving record and specific facts in your case.
Q. If someone gets ticketed in Ohio and needs legal representation, does the lawyer need to be from Ohio?
A: Yes. Lawyers are regulated and licensed on a state by state basis. In order to practice law in the State of Ohio, the lawyer must be licensed in the State of Ohio (having either taken the bar exam in Ohio or filed the required paperwork to waive in from another state with reciprocity). Unless the out-of-state lawyer is a member of the Ohio bar, he or she generally cannot practice law or represent clients in court in the Ohio.
Q. If the road is iced over and you slide, is it failure to control?
A: Ohio's failure to control statute states that "no person shall operate a motor vehicle . . . without being in reasonable control of the vehicle." Failure to control is generally a minor misdemeanor in Ohio carrying two to four points on your record, depending on whether you were in an accident. As far as whether you would be charged with failure to control if you slid on a icy road, it will depend on the circumstances. If you have been cited, you should consider speaking with an Ohio traffic lawyer regarding your case to discuss your options.
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Websites & Blogs
Columbus DUI & Criminal Defense Website
Columbus DUI / OVI Blog
Contact & Map
Riddell Law LLC: Columbus DUI & Criminal Attorneys
1335 Dublin Road
Suite 220a
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 361-2804
Fax: (614) 453-8849
Riddell Law LLC Cincinnati
7577 Central Parke Blvd
Suite 125
Mason, OH 45040
Telephone: (513) 655-7240
Fax: (513) 672-1067