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Douglas E. Riddell, Esq.

Douglas E. Riddell

The focus of my practice is DUI / OVI, traffic and criminal defense in Columbus and Central Ohio. I work every day to protect my client's Sixth Amendment right to counsel and to zealously defend my client's interests in court.
Riddell Law LLC
(1-5 Attorneys)

Criminal Law
D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense

1335 Dublin Road
Suite 220-A
Columbus, OH 43215
Northwest Columbus

18 years



What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

Since founding Riddell Law, I have had the opportunity to represent clients charged with misdemeanor, traffic and felony offenses, including OVI, felony theft, forgery, breaking and entering, assault, receiving stolen property, among other charges, throughout Central Ohio. I have experience representing clients in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings, and have regular interaction with prosecutors, police officers and other court officials in courthouses throughout central Ohio, including Mayor’s courts throughout Columbus and surrounding areas. 

What makes your law firm unique?

Being arrested or charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. When you are facing criminal charges, I am available to take your case quickly and confidently. I work personally on every aspect of my clients' cases and am willing to work tirelessly to make ensure that all of my clients obtain the best resolution possible in their individual case.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I am an avid college football fan and enjoy attending and watching games throughout the Fall. I also enjoy playing golf, tennis, softball and other outdoor sports.

Describe your charitable activities.

I am a volunteer lecturer at both the Second Chance Counseling Driver Intervention Program and at the Crossroads Recovery Services’ Driver Intervention Program.

Criminal Law
  • Drugs
  • Misdemeanor
  • Search & Seizure
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft and Fraud
D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense
  • CDL Suspension
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • DUI / OVI
  • Expungements
  • Misdemeanor
  • Search & Seizure
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft and Fraud
  • Traffic and Moving Violations

University of Cincinnati
Juris Doctor (JD), 2005

University of Notre Dame
Bachelors of Arts, 2002

Bar Association Membership

Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Court Admissions

All Ohio Courts
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Continuing Education

My continuing education requirements are all current.

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (2005), #0079839

Significant Cases

State v. Jacobs, Athens M.C. No. 13TRC02538 (June 26, 2013)
Outcome: Evidence found insufficient to support probable cause for OVI arrest; motion to suppress granted and OVI charge dismissed.

State v. Romage, 10th Dist. No. 11AP-822, 2012-Ohio-3381
Outcome: The Tenth District Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the trial court ruling in our favor dismissing the charge against our client and finding the applicable statute --  ORC 2905.05(A) -- unconstitutional.

Summary of Firm

Our firm's practice focuses primarily on defense of clients facing DUI, traffic and criminal charges in Columbus and surrounding counties.  We regularly practice in county municipal courts as well as mayor's courts throughout the Greater Columbus area.  

If you have been charged with a DUI (OVI), criminal misdemeanor or traffic citation in the Greater Columbus area, our attorneys are available around the clock to discuss your charge.  At your initial consultation, you will meet with Mr. Riddell personally about your case.  At that meeting, we will review the facts of your case and explore potential defenses as well as strategies for obtaining driving privileges, avoiding points, avoiding jailtime and other strategic issues.

If you decide to hire us as your attorney, we will help you through the criminal process, providing proactive advice along the way.  Our goal in each case is to find the best outcome given the facts of the case that will have the least effect on our client's employment status and family life. 

Summary of Previous Employment

Prior to founding Riddell Law, Mr. Riddell served as a Public Defender in Franklin County, Ohio. In that position, he represented low-income defendants in criminal proceedings, including handling hundreds of criminal misdemeanor and DUI/OVI cases during his tenure. As a public defender, Mr. Riddell gained significant experience representing clients in both jury and bench trials, gaining the critical skills necessary to navigate the criminal justice system on behalf of his clients.

Free Initial Consultation?

A free initial consultation is offered to all potential clients.

Typical Retainer Fees

Retainer fees vary depending upon the type and complexity of the case.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Flat fees (fixed prices) and payment plans available.  


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