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How Can A Drunk Driving Conviction Affect My Career?

Nobody wants a drunk driving conviction. If you are found guilty of OUI in Massachusetts, you run the risk of losing your license, and you will have to pay much higher insurance premiums and suffer other financial consequences. Multiple offenses bring incarceration. Perhaps worst of all, the offense can show up on your record for decades.

Some drivers are concerned about how a DWI/OUI/DUI might affect their careers. Are you worried about potential consequences for your career?

Effects of Criminal Record

Your criminal record is a track record of any past convictions or charges you may have. Even if you only have one conviction, having a criminal record can affect your life in various ways. A criminal record can also include the database of cases kept by county and local courts. These records are usually free to be viewed by anyone, despite the connection to the person who is being searched. In some cases, criminal records can be expunged or sealed.

Question 4 to be on the November ballot

The impending presidential election is on the minds of many these days. But Massachusetts voters will also get a chance to be the first state in New England to legalize marijuana, even if Maine will also be voting on it the same day. The state would join Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, the District of Columbia and Alaska in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Massachusetts first passing its medical marijuana law in 2012. If approved, the law would go into effect Dec. 15. Under the new law, citizens at least 21 years of age would be able to use, possess and grow marijuana.

General guidelines for Question 4:

What Happens If I Have Multiple OUIs?

If you find yourself being prosecuted for an additional OUI offense, you can expect the outcome from Massachusetts law to be severe. Melanie's Law was passed in 2005 to increase the sanctions and consequences for OUI offenders with earlier convictions. Melanie's Law created the new offense of "Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol while Operating after Suspension for Drunk Driving". If you have a previous OUI conviction and are convicted of another OUI, you have the potential to be charged with two crimes at once: OUI and OUI with suspended license.

OUI Breath-Test Evidence Questions

Many questions are being raised about OUI breath-test evidence causing defense attorneys to examine their OUI cases. While the state reviews the breath analysis machines, prosecutors are suspending the use of evidence from police.

What are the Guidelines for a Checkpoint?

Generally, police obtain the right to probable cause when a motorist commits a traffic violation, is potentially intoxicated at the wheel, or receives a tip that the motorist may be drunk at the wheel. The reason for these sobriety checkpoints according to the Supreme Court is to ensure the safety and security of every driver on the road. They believe this is the best and most efficient way to limit the potential for drunk driving that may result in a fatality of the driver and/or the general public.

Opiate & Heroin Epidemic

Since 2012, more than 700 individuals in the state of Massachusetts have died of an opiate overdose, most of which include heroin. In December alone, nearly 58 deaths we confirmed by the Massachusetts State Police and that number seems to be increasing daily.

Drunk Driving, is it Really Worth the Risk?

Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of Alcohol is often a very serious offense in the state of Massachusetts. If the operator has a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, then they are unable to effectively operate a motor vehicle. Being convicted with an OUI can have serious lifelong consequences and can often be a very expensive endeavor.

Zealous Advocacy for College Students

College students love to drink, dance, and have a good time, and college kids in the Boston area are certainly no exception. Unfortunately this often leads to irresponsible behavior, run-ins with law enforcement, and unintentional law breaking. Younger people who have been arrested, been sent to a hearing, or charged with a crime often feel alone and vulnerable - and law enforcement officers know this. If you are a college student who has recently been charged with a crime, know that you do not have to go through this by yourself! No matter how serious the circumstances, contact Attorney John B. Seed today. His experience as a seasoned criminal defense attorney will ensure you receive the best possible service, personalized attention, and legal defense you need to fight any charge that has been made against you.

There is no time to waste. Let us begin building a strong defense for you now.

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