Vacating Massachusetts OUI/DUI Convictions

Individuals who were arrested and charged with OUI/DUI between June, 2011 and April, 2019 may be soon eligible to have those convictions vacated and removed from their record. After years of litigation challenging the use of improperly calibrated breathalyzer machines closure is finally in sight. An agreement between defense attorneys and district attorneys across the […]

License Suspensions for Refusing the Breathalyzer Test

Yes. If you are arrested and the police suspect you are under the influence of alcohol, police will request you submit to a breathalyzer test. Massachusetts is an “implied consent” state, which means if you refuse to submit to the test your license will automatically be suspended. If you decide to take the breathalyzer test […]

Options following an Arrest for a First Offense OUI/DUI

Every day, in every corner of Massachusetts, people are arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor or drugs (OUI or DUI). It does not matter what city or town you live in, who you know, or what kind of car you drive, every day countless people’s lives are changed because of Operating Under […]

What to Do After Being Arrest for OUI/DUI in Massachusetts

Drivers all across the Commonwealth have felt that sick feeling in their stomach when they see the blue police cruiser lights turn on behind their vehicle. The feeling is even worse when you have been out and may have had a few drinks. Below are some easy to remember steps you should take if you have […]

Legal Limit Blood Alcohol Levels in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts it is not illegal to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. It only becomes a crime when you are operating a motor vehicle and your ability to so is either impaired or your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is measured above the legal limit. Your blood alcohol content is measured as a percent […]

Is There A Difference Between DUI, OUI And DWI?

The offense of driving under the influence of intoxicating liqour can go by many names. In some states there are different criminal offenses depending on the severity and the blood alcohol intent. While some states have the crime of Driving Under the Influence and others have Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and others have […]

Do I Need An Ignition Interlock Device?

Sometimes, yes! In 2005 Melanies Law went into effect in Massachusetts. The purpose of this new law was to increase the penalities and sanctions for individuals convicted of Operating Under the Influnce. One of the most drastic changes was the requirement that some drivers have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in any vehicle that they lease, own or […]

Breathalyzer Test Results Are Again Admissible

For the past two years Prosecutors across the Commonwealth have been unable to introduce the results of breath tests administered on the Alcotest 9510 machine. On November 5, 2018 pursuant to a settlement agreement, breath tests were deemed to be presumptively excluded from use in prosecutions from June, 2011 to a date to be determined […]

Penalties And Suspensions For Underage Drunk Driving Convictions

Being charged with driving under the influence is difficult enough, but to be under 21 years old and charged with this offense is even more challenging. In this blog, I provide answers to common questions young people and their parents have about these charges and discuss how you may be eligible to get a hardship license. License […]