Dustin Blake

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus, OH

Blake Law Firm Co., LLC
 | 580 South High Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-4114
Fax: 614-453-8564
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dustin Blake is the founder and owner of the Blake Law Firm Co., LLC, in Columbus, Ohio. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Blake focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense. He represents the rights and interests of clients throughout the greater Columbus metro region and surrounding areas of central Ohio who face charges for white collar crimes, DUI/DWI, drug possession and trafficking, sex crimes, murder and homicide, gun crimes, parole violations, and all other types of felony and misdemeanor offenses.

Throughout the course of his legal career spanning more than 12 years, Mr. Blake has achieved a long record of securing dismissals, acquittals and reductions of charges for the accused in state and federal courts across his region. He also has extensive experience seeking resolution in the face of serious and complex legal challenges.

Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Blake holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and Columbus CEO Magazine voted him among Central Ohio's Top Lawyers in 2013. In addition, he has received “Superb” client ratings on Avvo along with numerous positive testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Mount Union, Mr. Blake attended the University of Akron School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2006. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Moreover, Mr. Blake holds his certification in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and he earned designation as a Rule 20 Death Penalty Certified Co-Counsel from the Ohio Supreme Court.

Mr. Blake is an active member of the National, Ohio and Central Ohio Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Central Ohio Association for Justice, and he has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to criminal law and other subjects.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

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About Dustin Blake

Admitted: 2006, Ohio

Honors/Awards:

  • 10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction: American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Top Lawyers In Central Ohio, Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • Rated by Super Lawyers: Rising Star
  • Avvo 10.0 rating
  • Top Lawyers In Ohio, The Legal Network
  • AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Ohio Supreme Court Certification on Capital Case as Co-Counsel
  • Supreme Court of Ohio  
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • APPEAL - DRUG CONVICTION & PRISON SENTENCE OVERTURNED: Client entered a plea with another attorney to Drug Possession, a felony of the first degree, and received a 7 year prison sentence. Client retained Attorney Dustin Blake to represent him in an appeal.  Attorney Blake argued that the search of the home was an illegal search and that the conviction/sentence should be reversed.  The appellate court agreed and reversed the drug conviction and 7 year prison sentence.  Attorney Blake was also able to get client's cash and property returned as a result of the illegal search. 
  • NOT GUILTY VERDICTS: Client was charged with Domestic Violence and Assault charges against his  wife. Despite his wife testifying against him, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty after deliberating for less than an hour.
  • NOT GUILTY VERDICTS: Client was charged with Domestic Violence and Assault charges against his estranged wife and her sister. Despite the wife and sister testifying against the client, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty after deliberating for less than an hour.
  • NOT GUILTY VERDICT: Client charged with Aggravated Assault after an alleged altercation where he fractured the orbital bone in another man's face. Attorney Dustin Blake argued self-defense to the jury. After a brief deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
  • NOT GUILTY VERDICT: Client was charged with Sexual Imposition. Attorney Dustin Blake successfully challenged the identification of his client and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating for approximately 30 minutes.

Representative Clients:

  • Client charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, both felonies of the 4th degree. After Attorney Dustin Blake challenged the State's evidence by filing a Motion to Suppress for an unlawful search and seizure the case was dismissed by the prosecutor fearing that there would be issues in proving the criminal charges.
  • Client was charged with multiple counts of felony robbery and one count of felony kidnapping along with gun specifications carrying mandatory prison time. The alleged victim's story was not reliable and Attorney Dustin Blake was able to get the prosecutor to dismiss the case prior to trial.
  • Client had prior domestic violence convictions and was charged with felony domestic violence. Case was continued several times by the prosecutor and Attorney Dustin Blake was able to get the prosecutor to dismiss the case prior to trial as state was unable to present evidence after the victim failed to appear on the day of trial.
  • Client allegedly ran into the back of another vehicle and drove away from the scene prior to the police arriving. The police were investigating client for DUI / OVI, hit/skip, and assured clear distance after a woman said the client smelled like alcohol. Attorney Dustin Blake was able to resolve this matter with the police without any charges being filed against client.
  • Client was charged with DUI / OVI after being pulled over speeding and refusing to take a breath-test. After challenging the Administrative License Suspension, Attorney Dustin Blake was able to get the prosecutor and court to agree to reduce the charge DUI / OVI charge with no license suspension.
  • Client was in nursing school. A felony conviction would have destroyed her nursing career. On the day of trial, Attorney Dustin Blake was able to get the prosecutor to dismiss the case because of issues with the victim and insufficient evidence.
  • Client charged with Aggravated Assault after an alleged altercation where he fractured orbital bone in another man's face. Attorney Dustin Blake argued the defense of self-defense to the jury. After a brief deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
  • Client charged in federal court with gun charges for selling stolen firearms and was facing up to 5 years in federal prison. After a plea, Attorney Dustin Blake was able to get the court to impose probation.
  • DUI / OVI charges dismissed after hearing on Motion to Suppress filed by Attorney Dustin Blake challenging the legality of the stop and arrest of client. Court determined after cross-examination by Attorney Dustin Blake that the officer failed to conduct the HGN field sobriety test correctly and did not have probable cause to arrest Defendant for DUI / OVI. Client plead guilty to minor misdemeanor marked lanes violation and paid a fine/costs.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Mount Union College, Business Administration
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Office Location for Dustin Blake

580 South High Street
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-224-4114

Fax: 614-453-8564

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Last Updated: 10/23/2019

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