Massachusetts DUI/OUI - Drunk Driving Crimes

Massachusetts drunk driving charges, including OUI / DUI alcohol or drugs, are prosecuted aggressively by prosecutors across the courts of the Commonwealth.  If you have been the subject of a drunk driving related arrest, you should consult with a DUI / OUI lawyer who has experience in defending against OUI / DUI charges and contact Boston OUI / DUI Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis for a Free Consultation.

Although OUI / DUI and related drunk driving offenses are common and are of the type of crimes that are often committed by persons with no prior criminal record or involvement with police or courts, the consequences of a OUI/DUI conviction can have a significant and long-lasting effect on a person's life. Not only do DUI / OUI charges carry a potential for a term of imprisonment, significant other penalties may also result, including driver's license suspension, probation, counseling, fines, drug and/or alcohol treatment, community service, and even the requirement that an Iginition Interlock Device be installed on your vehicle.

Massachusetts Drunk Driving Penalties

How good of a defense to you may have to your OUI / DUI charge will vary upon the circumstances of each individual case and a number of factors.  The strength, or weakness, of the prosecutor's case against you will sometimes depend on the police officer's observations of the alleged manner in which the vehicle was operated; whether there was an accident; failure to obey with the traffic laws; your conduct and demeanor one you were pulled over; and the results of any field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests that were administered.  In OUI / DUI prosecutions, the police and prosecutors will try to use every little observation of any missteps as building blocks to establish evidence that the driver had consumed just enough alcohol or drugs that his ability to operated the vehicle safely was impaired.

Examples of specific factors that the police look for when pulling over someone for suspected operating under the influence include whether the person had an odor of alcohol on his breath; slurred speech; glassy or bloodshot eyes; and inability to maintain balance.  One must keep in mind that the police are trained to look for simple 'cues' and often simply requests by the police are posed to build their case against you.  For instance, an officer asking the driver to produce his license and registration, a standard request when pulling someone over for anything, is asked to determine whether the driver is able to follow simple commands.  If the person is unable to locate his registration or gives the officer a credit card instead of his license, that will be relied upon by the officer in determining whether the driver is impaired and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Other Related OUI / DUI / Drunk Driving Crimes May Include:

Your Rights and Consequences on Refusing a Breathalyzer in Massachusetts

Issues of Field Sobriety Tests in Massachusetts Drunk Driving Cases

If you don't want to go to jail or face significant fines, probation and a suspension of their driver's license, particularly if you're charged with a second or subsequent OUI / DUI in Massachusetts, and if you want any chance of beating your case, then you should be represented by a lawyer who is experienced in assessing your OUI / DUI case and evaluating how to best defend against your drunk driving charges.

Massachusetts OUI / DUI Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for a free consultation and can explain your legal rights and any defenses to your OUI / DUI and related charges.

If you would like to schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston DUI / Drunk Driving Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis or call directly at 617-325-9500.

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