You Must Take OUI Charges Seriously

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.

Working Hard To Recover The Injury Compensation You Need

You know how a serious injury or wrongful death has affected your life. It’s important that your lawyer knows it, too. I have represented hundreds of injury victims during my career, and I recognize that your personal injury case is personal to you.

When you work with me, I will take the time to learn how the incident has affected you and your family, today and in the future. By understanding your story, I can be a better advocate for you so as to provide the measure of compensation you need for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Having a reputation as a tenacious, successful trial lawyer means that I have a stronger bargaining position in negotiations, mediation and arbitration. This often results in favorable settlements, but when the opposing party will not negotiate fairly, I will take cases to trial.

My approach to personal injury cases is one of dedication, determination and attention to detail so as to get the best results possible for my client. When appropriate to the case, I work with experts such as doctors, building construction experts, economists, life care planners and investigators. This helps me accurately value each claim and build strong cases for full and fair compensation.

I represent clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving:

  • Auto accidents
  • Medical malpractice, misfilled prescriptions
  • Dog bites
  • Trip-and-falls, including defective stair accidents
  • Brain injuries
  • Products liability
  • Police brutality

Speak with me today so you don’t miss the deadline for filing a claim.

Boston Civil Rights Lawyer

Enforcing your constitutional protections

The Constitution of the United States places limits on the powers of the government in order to safeguard citizens’ unalienable rights. When local, state or federal authorities overreach, extending their grasp beyond those limits, affected citizens have a claim at law. Dedicated attorney Austin J. Freeley prosecutes civil rights violations against the government such as:

  • Interference with free speech or peaceful assembly
  • Interference with religious practices
  • Illegal searches and seizures of property
  • Police brutality
  • False arrest and unlawful imprisonment
  • Voter suppression
  • Unlawful interrogation
  • Unfair trial

Attorney Freeley is tenacious — he knows the law and work hard to get results. He is licensed to handle state and federal claims. The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley provides insightful advice and implements successful strategies for every phase of the judicial process: settlement, trial and appeal.

Defending your rights in the private sector
Federal civil rights legislation protects citizens from discrimination in employment based upon a variety of factors. You may have a claim for monetary damages if you have been denied employment, promotion or equal pay for any of the following reasons:

  • Age (ADEA)
  • Disability (ADA)
  • Gender (Title VII, EPA, Lily Ledbetter Act, FLSA)
  • Genetic information (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008)
  • National origin (Title VII)
  • Pregnancy (Title VII, FMLA)
  • Race or ethnicity (Title VII)
  • Religion (Title VII)
  • Workplace retaliation (Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA)
  • Sexual harassment (Title VII)

Discrimination claims are often difficult to prove. Failure to file a prompt claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may cost you the right to have your case heard. If you believe you’ve been the unfair target of discriminatory practices, contact the Law Office of Austin J. Freeley as soon as possible.