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If you have just been arrested for DUI, you likely know you are facing serious consequences. If convicted you face mandatory loss of license, fines, and a criminal record. What you likely don't know is all of the defenses you have to your case. An arrest is not a conviction. Hiring an experienced lawyer who wins OUI cases can be your best bet to avoid a conviction and all of the penalties that come with it.
The major dispute in most OUI cases is whether someone was actually impaired. This is different than drunk. The State needs to prove: “A person is under the influence of alcohol if he (she) has consumed enough alcohol to reduce his (her) ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, by decreasing his (her) alertness, judgment and ability to respond promptly”. It is not illegal to drink alcohol and then drive, as long as the alcohol does not impair your ability to operate a vehicle, or give you a BAC above the legal limit.
One of the biggest mistakes people can make when choosing a lawyer is not hiring a lawyer who focuses on OUI. OUI cases are probably the most difficult type of misdemeanor case there is. A good lawyer will understand the science and limitations behind field sobriety tests, breath tests, blood tests, and criminal procedure to keep out evidence that was not lawfully obtained.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling all types of OUI cases. From first offenses, to repeat offenders, you need someone who will work for you to help you get the best possible outcome.
Give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your case and work on giving you the best defense possible. You should act as soon as possible to protect your rights. You want an experienced OUI lawyer at your side at an arraignment, and to begin working on your case right away.
Consider the following checklist for hiring a Massachusetts OUI Lawyer
The following is a checklist of 10 things you may want to ask any lawyer you are considering hiring to handle your Massachusetts OUI.
YES Have you won a DUI with a BAC at least as high as the one I am alleged to have given? (MA DUI GUY has had a DUI completely dismissed with a blood BAC of .35% - more than 4 times the present legal limit)
YES Do you hold a current certification in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests as recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police? (The same field sobriety tests that are taught to Massachusetts police officers)
YES Are you a certified INSTRUCTIOR in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?
YES Have you written any books on DUI?
YES Have you appeared on the front page of a newspaper discussing DUI?
YES Have you represented hundreds of people accused of DUI?
YES Have you received training in the procedures employed by a Drug Recognition Expert through a Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course (DRE)?
YES Have you strictly defended those accused of a crime and DUI and never prosecuted a single person for anything and especially not for a DUI?
YES Are payment plans available? Do you offer a free consultation with a price quote/estimate of how much you charge/ what it will cost?
YES Is a majority of your practice devoted to DWI Defense?
Disclaimer: Past results do not guarantee a future outcome. Attorney Hynes is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Results include outcomes from both States.