The consequences of an OUI can have a lasting and dramatic impact on your life.
Although it is not the most serious offense in Massachusetts, it is prosecuted aggressively and contains mandatory minimum dispositions for convictions and pleas. In many cases, an OUI conviction results in a suspension of your driver’s license, which can have a dramatic effect on your day-to-day life. Additionally, in October 2005, Massachusetts enacted Melanie’s Law, resulting in one of the most dramatic and comprehensive revisions to the law in this area. These rules are primarily aimed at people who have been convicted of more than one OUI offense and impose serious license suspension penalties and criminal sanctions on repeat offenders. Massachusetts courts are permitted to utilize a “lifetime lookback” policy, which permits them to consider prior drunk driving offenses no matter how many years old they may be.
One of the most important issues in an OUI case is knowing which rights you can invoke from the moment you are pulled over. The U.S. Constitution gives you many protections if you have been accused of a crime. For example, you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to an attorney before you speak to any law enforcement officials. You also have the right to have your attorney present during questioning. Even if you think what you have to say will not get you into trouble, your words can be used against you out of context.
Fight Your Charges with the Assistance of a Boston Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, Lowney Law, LLC can help. Our OUI attorneys have represented many residents of Boston and the surrounding communities. We provide a free initial consultation and offer our clients affordable payment plans. Call us at 617-364-8000 or contact us online today to discuss your situation. We have helped people from Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Roslindale, as well as communities throughout Suffolk County.