Jon J. Saia

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Columbus, OH

Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc.
 | 713 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-444-3036
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jon J. Saia has been defending the rights of his clients in criminal cases for more than 27 years. Focusing his practice on the area of OVI/DUI defense, Mr. Saia is often consulted by colleagues with regard to breath, blood and urine testing issues. He is certified in both the administration and instruction of DWI detection and standardized field sobriety testing, and he provides consultation services and expert testimony with respect to the administration of field sobriety tests.

In addition, Mr. Saia is certified in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the DataMaster breath testing instrument. A frequent speaker at DUI Defense seminars throughout Ohio, Mr. Saia is the editor and primary contributor to On Tap, a quarterly newsletter regarding current issues related to DUI defense. He is also a frequent contributor to the Ohio State Bar Association publication Law You Can Use in the area of DUI defense. His firm, Saia & Piatt, Inc., is located in Columbus, Ohio.

 
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About Jon Saia

Admitted: 1987, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.splaws.com/About/Jon-J-Saia.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Columbus CEO – Top Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association College
  • AVVO Rating of 10/10
  • Martindale/Hubbell Preeminent Peer Review (5/5)
  • Best Lawyers in America

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Ohio State Bar Association College
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor
  • Operation, Diagnostic Verification and Calibration of the BAC Datamaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • Ohio, 1987
  • Member, Master Mind Group
  • Member, Thomas More Society
  • Member, Delaware County Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, National College of DUI Defense
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Ohio’s New CDL Disqualification Law" Bar Briefs Columbus Bar Association, 2005
  • "Know Your Limits" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Know OVI Laws" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Understand Drinking and Driving Risks" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Being Stopped for DUI" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Signs of Impaired Driving" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Field Sobriety test Predict BAC" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "Constitutional Rights Limited in OVI Cases" Law You Can Use Ohio State bar Association, 2006
  • "Regaining You Driving Privileges After a DUI" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association (Co-authored with Darrell M. Cosgrove), 2006
  • "What is an Administrative License Suspension?" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2007
  • "Ohio’s New OVI Law" Law You Can Use Ohio State Bar Association, 2006
  • "The Inconvenient Truth about the Intoxolyzer 8000" OACDL Vindicator Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • “Integrating DUI Discovery and Defense Strategy” Inside the Minds – Trends in DUI Discovery Aspatore Publishing
  • "Basics of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing," Central Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, February 25, 1998
  • "Suspension and Reinstatement of Driving Privileges Subsequent to Automobile Accidents Without Proof of Financial Responsibility" Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio, September 16, 1998
  • "Basics of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests" Central Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, February 26, 1999
  • "Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in Ohio" Lorman Education Services Columbus, Ohio, October 29, 2002
  • "Advanced DUI Seminar -The Current Relevance of Homan" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dayton and Akron, Ohio, March 7 and 14, 2003
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Breath Testing Session Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, March 11, 2004
  • Advanced DUI Seminar – "Consumption of Alcohol and the Breath Machine" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, March 12, 2004
  • Advanced DUI Seminar - "Attacking the Machine" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dublin, Ohio, March 11, 2005
  • SFST Student Course "The Legal Environment Surrounding SFST" National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and International Association of Chiefs of Police Dublin, Ohio, May 19, 2005
  • OVI Seminar "Back to Basics" Columbus Bar Association - Municipal Court Committee Columbus, Ohio, September 7, 2005
  • OVI Seminar "Back to Basics" Columbus Bar Association - Municipal Court Committee Columbus, Ohio, September 7, 2005
  • Advanced DUI Seminar–"DUI Defense" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dublin, Ohio, March 3, 2006
  • Strategies in Handling DUI Cases "Case Law Update" Lorman Education Services Columbus, Ohio, May 25, 2006
  • Juvenile Law Seminar– "Consequences for Juvenile Traffic Offenders" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Justice for Children Project Columbus, Ohio, September 14, 2006
  • Ohio's Drugged Driving Law "Probable Cause Issues and DRE's" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 2006
  • Drugged Driving Per Se – "The Defense Perspective" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, December 13, 2006
  • Getting Better Resolutions in OVI Cases – "A Field Sobriety Checklist" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, December 18, 2006
  • The 7th Annual Current Issues in Criminal Law Seminar - "Ohio's New Drugged Driving Law" Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law, Criminal Law Association Cincinnati, Ohio, January 15, 2007
  • Advanced DUI Seminar "Ohio's CDL Disqualification Law" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dublin, Ohio, March 9, 2007
  • Strategies in Handling OVI Cases "An Introduction to Drugged Driving in Ohio" Lorman Education Services Columbus, Ohio, May 25, 2007
  • "DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instruction" National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Cleveland, Ohio, June 1 – 3, 2007
  • BMV Law Basics "OVI Driver's License Sanctions" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, October 17, 2007
  • Superstar Seminar – Practical Voir Dire – The Backbone of Criminal Defense "The Jury for DUI Cases" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dublin, Ohio, October 19, 2007
  • OVI Update – "Commercial Driver's Licenses Revisited" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, December 19, 2007
  • 8th Annual Current Issues in Criminal Law Seminar – "Traffic Law Changes From 2007" Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law, Criminal Law Association Cincinnati, Ohio, January 21, 2008
  • Diving Into an OVI Case – "Keeping the Captain from Going Down with the Ship" Lyons and Lyons, Co., L.P.A. Key West, FL, January 25, 2008
  • Advanced DUI Seminar – "Instrument Simulation Checks" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Worthington, Ohio, March 6, 2008
  • OSBA District 15 Annual Meeting "Traffic Law Update" Ohio State Bar Association Cambridge, Ohio, April 1, 2008
  • OVI Update - "Current Issues in Breath Test Cases" Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, April 30, 2008
  • Strategies in Defending DUI Cases in Ohio – "Drugged Driving" Lorman Education Services Columbus, Ohio, May 28, 2008
  • CBA Criminal Law Committee "Motions and Warrants in OVI Cases" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, October 1, 2008
  • OVI Update - "Motions Practice and Discovery in OVI Cases" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 13, 2008
  • Defending OVI Cases "Standardized Field Sobriety Test" and "Effective Discovery in OVI Cases" Muskingum County Bar Association Zanesville, Ohio, August 28, 2009
  • New Lawyer Training "Introduction to OVI" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 17, 2009
  • OVI Update – "Effect of OVI's on CDL's" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 20, 2009
  • OVI "What to Look for in Police Videos" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, December 3, 2009
  • Current Issues in Criminal Law "Traffic and OVI Update" Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law, Criminal Law Association Cincinnati, Ohio, January 18, 2010
  • OVI "Nuts and Bolts" Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, April 28, 2010
  • OVI "The Intoxylizer 8000" Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, June 30, 2010
  • OVI Update 2010 "Driving Under Susupension" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 19, 2010
  • OVI "Why Other States Have Rejected the 8000" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 30, 2010
  • Advanced OVI Defense 2011 "Why Other States Found the Intoxilyzer 8000 was a Bad Choice" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, March 10, 2011
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 "Vega and the Intoxilyzer 8000" Lorain County Bar Association Elyria, Ohio, May 11, 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention - "Why Other States Have Rejected the Intoxilyzer 8000" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2011
  • Lessons Learned, 25 Years of OACDL - "Marketing in the Legal Profession" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, May 13, 2011
  • DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instruction" National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/International Association of Chiefs of Police Columbus, Ohio, June 10 – 12, 2011
  • OVI Update - "Why the Intoxilyzer 8000 is an Inferior Device" Marion County Bar Association Marion, Ohio, September 9, 2011
  • Defense Lawyer's Toolbox "Advertising and Promoting Your Practice" and "The Intoxilyzer 8000, Vega, and Challenging Breath Test Evidence" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Dublin, Ohio
  • Tools for the Criminal, September 23, 2011
  • Intoxilyzer 8000: Things to Know - "Things You Need to Know About the Intoxilyzer 8000" Lyons Legal Seminars Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23, 2011
  • OVI Update 2011: Are You Ready for the Intoxilyzer 8000? - Why Other States Have Rejected the 8000 and Why Ohio Courts are Starting to do the Same" Ohio State Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, November 30, 2011
  • OVI Update – "Charging Appropriately for an OVI Case" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, December 9, 2011
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 – "Issues and with the 8000" Northeast Ohio Municipal Prosecutors Association Cleveland, Ohio, January 12, 2012
  • Current Issues in Criminal Law "Marketing Your Firm: The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Small Practice" Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law, Criminal Law Association Cincinnati, Ohio, January 18, 2010
  • Diving into a DUI – "The Unreliability of the Intoxilyzer 8000" Lyons and Lyons Co., L.P.A. Key West, FL, February 16, 2012
  • Winter Meeting and Seminar "Marketing Your Firm: The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful SmallPractice" National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 18, 2012
  • Advanced OVI Defense Seminar "Challenging the Intoxilyzer 8000" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, March 8, 2012
  • Advanced DUI Defense Seminar – "DUI Trial Skills Workshop Instructor" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, Ohio, March 10, 2012
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 "Navigating the ODH Website" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Painesville, Ohio, June 8, 2012
  • Alcohol and Drug Related Traffic Offenses – ""OVI – A Defense Perspective" Ohio Municipal League – Mayor's Court Training Westlake, Ohio, June 26, 2012
  • Judicial Summer Conference "The Intoxilyzer 8000" Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio Newark, Ohio, July 17, 2012
  • Speak with Confidence "Presenting Your Power" Columbus Bar Association Columbus, Ohio, August 28, 2012
  • Operation, Diagnostic Verification and Calibration of the BAC DataMaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument, 2004
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Training, 1997 and 2005
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, 2006
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Evaluation and Classification Program – The Drug Recognition Expert Process, 2006
  • Gas Chromotography and Basic Principles of Metrology, 2011
  • Technology, Theory and Operation of the Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument, 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio City of Grove City vs. Michael Hardin Case Number: M9710TFC-150580 Judge Steven B. Hayes, May 4, 1998
  • Madison County Municipal Court London, Ohio State of Ohio v. Celeste L. Losego Case Number: 98 TRC 03805 Judge R. David Picken, December 3, 1998
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. John E. Cloud Case Number: 98 TRC 08403 Judge Michael C. Hoague, December 8, 1998
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Richard Warner Case Number: 98 TRC00649 Judge Michael C. Hoague, July 2, 1999
  • Lancaster Municipal Court Lancaster, Ohio State of Ohio v. Kasmer Jeffries Case Number: 98 TRC 13567 Judge McAuliffe, August 25, 1999
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Thomas E. Hoke Case Number: 00 TRC 00360 Judge Michael C. Hoague, May 19, 2000
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Christopher S. McGowen Case Number: 00 TRC 10932 Judge Michael C. Hoague, October 19, 2000
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. William Raglin Case Number: 00 TRC 16329 Judge Michael C. Hoague, December 10, 2000
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Bradford Salyer Case Number: 01 TRC 06673 D. Richard Reeder (sitting by assignment), June 29, 2001
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Stephanie Grabowski Case Number: 01 TRC 07456 Judge Michael C. Hoague, July 11, 2001
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Patrick Kuhlman Case Number: 01 TRC 14874 Judge David P. Sunderman, February 13, 2002
  • Court of Common Pleas Delaware County, Ohio State of Ohio v. Tantarelli Case Number: 02-CR-I-09-440 Judge Everett Krueger, December 6, 2002
  • Fairborn Municipal Court Fairborn, Ohio State of Ohio v. Jon McClennan Case Number: 02 TRC 08962 Magistrate Schaengold, December 23, 2002
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Mary B. Ramey Case Number: 03TRC-07267 Judge David P. Sunderman, July 16, 2003
  • Marion County Municipal Court Marion, Ohio State of Ohio v. James C. Nutter, Jr. Case Number TRC0312844 Judge Finnegan, February 26, 2004
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio State of Ohio v. Ivan Mounts Case No. 2003 TRC 194554 Judge Paul Herbert, April 22, 2004
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio State of Ohio v. Westley Smith Case No. 2003 TRC 218435 Judge James Green, April 29, 2004
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio State of Ohio v. Stephen Beaver Case No. 2004 TRC 117887 Judge Julia Dorrian, September 30, 2004
  • Court of Common Pleas, Green County, Ohio State of Ohio v. Randall Knox Case No. 2004 CR 798 Judge J. Timothy Campbell, February 28, 2005
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio State of Ohio v. Laura Reitz Case No. 2004 TRC 210336 Judge Carrie E. Glaeden, March 1, 2005
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Donald Kenney Case No. 2005TRC 14527Judge David P. Sunderman, March 29, 2005
  • Rowan District Court Morehead, Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Todd Pratt Case No. 04-M-01295 Judge William Lane, June 8, 2005
  • Warren County Municipal Court Lebanon, Ohio State of Ohio v. Ted Kissell Case No. 04-TRC-1080 Judge Joseph Kirby, August 23, 2005
  • Warren County Municipal Court Lebanon, Ohio State of Ohio v. Gary Hancock Case No. 05-TRC-1616 Judge Joseph Kirby, August 23, 2005
  • Auglaize County Municipal Court Wapakoneta, Ohio State of Ohio v. Lonnie Heitkamp Case No. 2005-TRC-1526 Judge Gary W. Herman, August 30, 2005
  • Fairfield County Municipal Court Lancaster, Ohio State of Ohio v. Jeremiah Ross Case No. 2005-TRC-05502 Judge David A. Trimmer, October 28, 2005
  • Medina Municipal Court Medina, Ohio State of Ohio v. Reuben Droughns Case No.05-TRC-09600 Judge Dale H. Chase, March 13, 2006
  • Berea Municipal Court Berea, Ohio City of Berea v. Robert Key Case No. 05-TRC-04823 Magistrate Lazzaro, September 18, 2006
  • Franklin County Municipal Court Columbus, Ohio State of Ohio v. Melissa Shaffer Case No. 2006-TRC-215930 Judge Julia L. Dorrian, May 2, 2007
  • Fayette County District Court Lexington, Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Michael Bruno Case No. 07-T-14615 Judge Hayse, September 27, 2007
  • Auglaize County Municipal Court Wapakoneta, Ohio State of Ohio v. Larry Elsass Case No. 2007-TRC-5554 Judge Gary W. Herman, May 23, 2008
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Jennifer McIntyre Case No. 08TRC12732 Judge David Sunderman, February 26, 2009
  • Municipal Court of Mansfield, Ohio Mansfield, Ohio State of Ohio v. Shari Robertson Case No. 2008TRC9711 Judge Jerry E. Ault, May 27, 2009
  • Delaware County Municipal Court Delaware, Ohio State of Ohio v. Jennifer McIntyre Case No. 08TRC12732 Judge David Sunderman, June 30, 2009
  • Fayette County District Court Lexington, Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Paul Haney Case No. 09-T-13968 Judge Julie Muth Goodman, October 8, 2009
  • Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Akron, Ohio State of Ohio v. Vitaly Simin Case No. 2009-04-1047 Judge Judith Hunter, November 13, 2009
  • Franklin County Municipal Court, Columbus, Ohio State v. Andrew Hood Case No. 2010TRC193018 Judge Mark Hummer, March 14, 2011
  • Clark County Municipal Court Springfield, Ohio State v. Reckner Case No. 2012 TRC 1204518, July 10, 2012

Video:

  • ‘Tis the season for holiday parties and holiday cocktails. According to a study by WinterGreen Research, more and more consumers are turning to portable breathalyzers to determine if they’re sober enough to drive., The Reliability of Portable Breathalyzers, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, 2009
  • At a time when everyone is watching their budgets, the state of Ohio wants to spend millions of dollars to purchase portable breathalyzer machines, but some critics believe the machines are not reliable., Portable Breathalyzer Machines, 2008

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Educational Background:

  • King’s College Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1983
  • University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Maryland College Park, Maryland

Industry Groups

  • NCDD; NACDL; OACDL; COACDL
Office Location for Jon J. Saia

713 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43206

Phone: 614-444-3036

 

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Last Updated: 7/14/2017

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