Massachusetts law refers to drunk driving as OUI but it is more commonly referred to as DUI. If you have been arrested for operating under the influence (OUI), you have a decision to make. Should you plead guilty or should you fight the charges? People often mistakenly assume that pleading guilty is the quickest, easiest way to make the problem go away. However, in Massachusetts, an OUI/DUI conviction will remain on your record forever.
Before you plead guilty, speak with a Worcester OUI lawyer. We can be reached at (508) 744-3038.
You have the right to contest OUI charges. Although field sobriety tests are still employed extensively, the court system has to consider scientific evidence from breathalyzers or blood tests in order to determine the severity of a charge. This means that a person may pass a field sobriety test but still be convicted for being above the legal limit based on blood alcohol level.
In the state of Massachusetts, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% is generally considered grounds for arrest. However, the percentages can be more stringent depending upon the vehicle being driven and the age of the driver. Commercial vehicle operators are considered intoxicated if they are 0.04% or higher, and drivers under the age of 21 cannot have even a can be arrested for as low as 0.02% BAC. The offense of drunk driving in Worcester County is not as straightforward as might be assumed, and it is important that all drivers have the necessary knowledge to avoid arrested or being taken in or endangering others.
If you have been charged with a first OUI offense in the Worcester County or Hampden County areas, we may be able to get your license back for you within a week by applying for a hardship license. Our Worcester OUI attorneys will gather the necessary documents and represent you at the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) hearing.
The penalties for multiple OUI convictions are much harsher. People with multiple OUI charges usually have to go to trial. Under Melanie’s Law, the state imposes stiffer penalties for refusing a Breathalyzer test and operating under the influence. Anyone charged with multiple OUI offenses will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle.
Even if you have already pleaded guilty, it is still possible to go to trial and win. You may also be successful at trial even if you failed the Breathalyzer test. Putting an experienced Worcester OUI attorney on your side is the key.
Contact Murphy & Rudolf, LLP today for a free case analysis. Your future depends on it. Leer acerca de nuestros servicios de Worcester OUI en Español.