OUI (operating under the influence) is a serious crime in Massachusetts. With the passage of Melanie’s Law in 2005, penalties for OUI convictions have increased dramatically. If you are facing OUI charges, you need a tough, experienced lawyer to protect your rights.
As a former assistant district attorney, I know how the state pursues OUI cases — and how to beat them. I understand police procedures and know how to exploit any failures to follow those procedures. I have had considerable experience successfully challenging breath test results in court. I recognize that the state of the law in OUI cases is constantly changing, and I keep updated with the most up-to-date legal research database so as to obtain the best possible results for my clients.
Why Do You Need An Attorney?
Driving with BAC of .08 percent or greater is a crime, not a traffic violation. For a first offense, you may face penalties such as:
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Fines, court fees and license reinstatement fees
- Community service
- Time in jail
- Alcohol abuse assessment
Under Melanie’s Law, the penalties have increased dramatically, including mandatory sentences and increased loss of license. For example, on any subsequent OUI conviction, in addition to a mandatory jail sentence, probation and increased license suspension, the court may order you to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Melanie’s Law also gave Massachusetts an indefinite look back period for OUI. This means that any subsequent drunk driving offense is considered a subsequent offense, regardless of how long ago the first offense occurred. In addition, you cannot expunge an OUI conviction from your record.
A conviction or guilty plea for OUI also means that your insurance premiums will rise. If you have a commercial driver’s license or have another type of professional license, your career may be at risk.