Many people do not think that driving while under the influence of drugs is a crime akin to drunk driving, but driving while intoxicated by drugs, such as marijuana or prescription medications, is driving under the influence, nonetheless. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a report noting that while the number of drivers that are driving under the influence of alcohol is gradually decreasing compared to years past, the number of drivers that are driving while under the influence of drugs is on the rise. Continue reading →
Under Massachusetts law, a “distracted driving” charge is a serious offense than can bring severe fines, penalties, and even result in a charge of manslaughter if the accident resulted in injury or death. For this reason, it is crucial to understand the state’s definition of “distracted driving” and the potential repercussions if you are charged with the offense. Continue reading →
A DUI conviction carries with it serious consequences and hefty fines. That is why it is so important for you to present your strongest possible defense to the charges against you.There are a number of different DUI trial strategies that your criminal attorney can use to help fight your charges. Powerful evidence that indicates your innocence can move a judge or jury to decide in your favor. Some of the most influential evidence takes the form of witness, or expert witness, testimony. Furthermore, a lack of evidence could be a grounds for your attorney to make a motion to dismiss the charges against you. The point is, there are a number of avenues that your experienced DUI criminal defense lawyer can explore to make your DUI charges go away. Continue reading →
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a mistake that many Massachusetts folks make every year. While getting the initial DUI in Massachusetts or anywhere is bad, there are a number of things that the suspected driver can do to exacerbate the situation. The following includes three things that you should keep in mind if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. Continue reading →
It is undeniable that facing a DUI charge is an embarrassing and potentially life-altering ordeal. However, when armed with the right information and legal counsel, you can use the circumstances of your arrest to protect your innocence and restore your clean driving record. There are times when you should consider challenging breathalyzer test results in Massachusetts. Continue reading →
Anyone can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A glass of wine at happy hour can subject you to stiff fines and penalties once you get behind the wheel. Being arrested does not make you a bad person, but merely shows the lapse in judgment you may have made.
Recently, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps got another drunk driving arrest. Law enforcement officials claim Phelps was speeding when they pulled him over and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was charged with a DUI, excessive speeding, and for making illegal lane changes. Phelps immediately acknowledged the arrest and issued a statement apologizing for his conduct. He made a lapse in judgment and is now suffering the consequences.
Being charged with a DUI in Massachusetts can be a traumatic experience and could happen to just about anyone. After facing charges, you might wonder if you should contact a drunk-driving attorney. You may also be curious about how you will be prosecuted and what consequences you will face, both personally and professionally. Read on to learn more about what you should do when facing a drunk-driving charge.
The emphatic answer to this question is YES! There are numerous substances that can cause a person to blow a false positive on a breathalyzer test. The problem is that even if you have not been drinking, and you blow a false, you will still be arrested. If you have been arrested, but are convinced that your breathalyzer test yielded a false positive, an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney will be able to help you build your case as to your innocence.
A terrible car accident in Methuen resulted in the death of a Lawrence man, serious injuries to another and a Lowell police officer in jail. The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reported that Lowell Police Officer Eric Wayne will face a judge in Lawrence District Court on Monday where he will be arraigned for charges of motor vehicle homicide, having an open container of alcohol in his motor vehicle, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger. The paper reported that the officer is held on $500,000.000 bail.
When a police officer pulls over a driver or stops a driver at a DUI checkpoint because the officer suspects that the driver may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer will more than likely request that the suspect driver participate in a series of tests commonly referred to as field sobriety tests. In Massachusetts, you have the right to refuse to participate in these tests.