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  • Koffel Brininger Nesbitt

    Ohio's Nationally Recognized
    Criminal Defense Firm
    Wisdom and experience to know exactly what to do each step of the way, the field vision to see what’s coming, and the instincts to know what is around the corner.

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Ohio DUI / OVI Lawyers

KBN is one of the leading 100% privately retained Criminal / DUI law firms in Ohio. Our firm's managing attorney, Brad Koffel, has been voted to the list of "Best Lawyers in America" since 2008, and the firm is one of only four in Ohio ranked “Tier 1 Best Law Firms” by US News for DUI/OVI defense.

The Koffel Law Firm's awards

Top 10 Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

Brad Koffel is honored to have been selected as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ohio by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). Out of more than a million lawyers in the nation, being included in the Top 10 in the state for criminal defense is an honor.

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How Can We Help You?

At KBN, we proudly help clients in a wide-variety of criminal cases.
We've helped more than 15,000 people throughout the years who have been criminally accused.

Is Koffel Brininger Nesbitt a Good Fit For You?

  • We Know How To Pick Our Clients

    Why do we have happy clients and extremely high rates of success?

    We start with only accepting cases and clients that we believe have the factors that point towards a favorable resolution. We are primarily interested in accepting clients who have no or very limited previous contact with the criminal courts. We are looking for cases that have a high potential for a favorable outcome in terms of treatment in lieu of conviction, diversion, misdemeanors, probation, and non-prison terms.

  • Who We Won't Represent

    Who We Won't Represent. A clear understanding of a law firm's practice limits

    We do not accept violent deadly weapon crimes, acts of violence, habitual felons, or gang members. Our lawyers and staff will treat our client with utmost respect and dignity and we expect the same in return from a client. We will fire a client who mistreats or is rude to our staff. We will not represent a client who lies or misleads us.

  • Are We Right For You?

    We know what we do and you can read what we do

    However, the best peace of mind you can find in hiring a lawyer is to hear from past clients. Some things our clients have said about retaining our firm - “The only one I’d want to represent me” and “You’ve helped me get a second chance at life” are just a few. We encourage anyone considering our firm to view our client testimonials.

Fast, Personal Service

The firm's bench strength is the rare personal touch that is hard to find with most professional services providers. Our 5 lawyers are always "on call" as is every single member of our professional support staff. Evenings, weekends, and even holidays, we will reply to client texts, email, and phone calls. We are available to non-clients for telephone interviews and fast assistance 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Once we accept a case, we offer retainers as low as $500 on certain cases and payment options to qualified clients. Most of our clients hire us over the phone and we are in court with them the next day or a few days later.

The Firm You Can
Turn To For Help

Niche Firm. Low Retainers. Payment Options.

You may be surprised at how reasonable our retainers are. Depending upon the type of charge, county, and prior record, we are able to work out legal fees for 500 people per year. For qualified clients, we can offer payment terms.The firm's docket typically includes cases pending in counties all across Ohio as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio in Columbus. We handle DUI, Columbus Ohio OVI, and other criminal cases in Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Worthington, Whitehall, and all surrounding communities.

In 1994, Attorney Brad Koffel opened his private practice in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Today, KBN is a ten-person practice group that has established itself as one of the most reputable and successful Criminal / DUI Defense practices in Ohio.

From the very first phone call, we can immediately start listening and giving you quick feedback. Most clients feel lost in the maze. In all likelihood, what you are facing, we've seen before -- probably many times over. 614.675.4845

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What Sets Us Apart

The lawyers at KBN act quickly, every day of the week, and every day of the year. If you or someone you care about is in jail, call us. We can probably get them out today. (To learn more about jail release, click Jail Release & Immediate Bond Hearings.) If you or someone you know has a court date right around the corner, we can most likely handle it. If you or someone you know has been contacted by a detective, call us before speaking to the detective. In all likelihood, we've seen your situation many, many times before. We have low retainers, connections with bail bondsmen, and we know all the judges and prosecutors quite well in the counties in which we practice. In Criminal / DUI law, being quick, connected, and reputable are the keys to success.

  • Same Day & Next Day Appointments

    Because clients and their families are scared, we are specifically designed to get you in for a consultation immediately. We always have an attorney at the office with open office hours, Monday - Fridays. Call 614.675.4845 if you would like to come in for a meeting.
  • It’s not just what you know, it’s also who you know

    When you get arrested or are under investigation, you want a lawyer who knows the people on the other side - the police, the prosecutors and the judges. This is our bread and butter.
  • We are active in seeking sentencing alternatives, diversion & deferred prosecutions

    Many offenses and offenders may qualify for pre-indictment dispositions such as diversion. Post-indictment may permit intervention in lieu of conviction or non-prison sentencing alternatives. We are vocal and passionate about finding non-prison alternatives for our clients.


  • You have treated us with kindness and dignity when others would not.

  • Thank you for choosing to help people in their time of need

  • We appreciate how much you made [our son] and our family feel like we were more than just another “client”.

  • Case Closed

    Our client was falsely accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker. Local law enforcement investigated. Client hired our law firm for representation. Over the span of 60 days, the accuser’s story ...

  • Case Dismissed

    Our client was accused of molesting his adopted son nearly 20 years ago. Our client was confronted with the allegations when a detective contacted him. Unsure what to do, the client retained Attorneys ...

  • Dismissed

    Client's Rape Indictment Dismissed – enters a plea to a reduced charge and receives community service -- Mr. Koffel's client, a 34-year-old husband and father, was falsely accused of raping a ...

  • Charges Dropped

    Our client was falsely accused of molesting his own 7 year old daughter. Within 30 days of retaining Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, the charges were deemed “unsubstantiated” and the detective closed the ...

  • Not Guilty

    Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor. Client was accused of engaging in non-consensual sex with an underage girl. Case was taken to bench trial after prosecutor refused to negotiate possible ...

  • Case Closed

    Mr. Koffel’s client was investigated on the suspicion of possession of child pornography and voyeurism. He was terminated immediately by his department before the investigation could be concluded. ...

  • Case Closed

    Koffel Brininger Nesbitt was retained to defend a grandfather who was falsely accused of sexually abusing his five-year-old granddaughter. Through our representation & 2 polygraph exams, the detective ...

  • Case Dismissed

    Our client, a teller at a local bank, was indicted for stealing cash from the bank. Surveillance video was inconclusive. The client passed two (2) polygraphs, the last one just the day before his jury ...

  • Not Guilty Verdict

    Jury decides Mr. Koffel's client used self-defense when client's wife accused him of assaulting her in front of their 2 kids. (State v B.O., Delaware Ohio)

  • Case Closed

    Mr. Koffel’s client, a physician, was falsely accused of sexually assaulting his own daughter. The daughter’s mom, our client’s ex-girlfriend, leveled the accusations against our client. We believe ...

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Ohio DUI Facts & Statistics

What you need to know about DUI

  • The Ohio State Highway Patrol makes about 24,000 OVI enforcement stops every year.
  • There are about 3,800 OVI enforcement stops annually in the Columbus District alone.
  • After a DUI arrest in Ohio, you have 30 days to request a BMV hearing to contest the suspension of your license.
  • In Ohio, refusing a breath test is a violation of implied consent law and can result in the automatic suspension of your driving privileges.
  • A second drunk driving offense within six years of your first will result in heavier penalties like increased length of license suspension and a minimum jail sentence.
  • People with five or more drunk driving offenses are required to register on Ohio’s habitual OVI offender registry.

About Our Alcohol and Drugs Practice

Our firm established the micro-niche AOD Practice Group (Alcohol & Other Drugs). The AOD Practice focuses exclusively on working with clients and their families who are battling addictions. The firm's lawyers and staff have personally visited most of the major treatment providers in Ohio as well as some of nation's leading treatment facilities. From interventions to relapse prevention and everything in between, the firm is fluent in the evidence-based therapy programs and bridges the gap between treatment and the courts. The firm's clients have greatly benefitted from this acute legal-medical practice group. If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Ohio, act fast and put an experienced attorney in your corner. KBN is one of Ohio’s highest ranked DUI/OVI law firms. Call today for tough defense!

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