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DUI defense strategies: beyond basic training

Because the U.S. legal system is designed to protect your rights, a Massachusetts law enforcement officer who arrests you for DUI must follow a specific protocol to prevent these from being violated. The slightest deviation from mandatory procedure could lead to an unfair outcome that affects your life permanently. To ensure that he provides clients with skilled, knowledgeable DUI defense strategies, attorney John B. Seed has completed advanced education about techniques for investigating arresting officers in this type of case.

Will my license be suspended for a DUI?

If you who are caught operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Massachusetts, you may face many different fines and punishments. This can include monetary penalties, possible prison time and a permanent criminal record. In addition to these consequences, a common penalty is a license suspension. The length of time that the license can be taken away varies depending on the number of DUI convictions you have.

Auto-brewery syndrome causes alcohol production within the body

Drivers across Massachusetts and the United States who insist they did not consume any alcohol after being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving are often met with skepticism, particularly if they promptly fail breath tests soon thereafter. However, U.S. News & World Report notes that increasingly widespread awareness and knowledge about a rare condition known as auto-brewery syndrome suggests that at least some of those motorists may be telling the truth.

What is the legal limit in Massachusetts?

If you are charged with drunk driving, you may face a myriad of challenges. For example, you could be unable to drive, which can spell disaster for your career or prevent you from getting to school or taking care of other responsibilities. As a result, it is essential to understand the legal limit and carefully review the details of your circumstances if you find yourself in this position. In Boston, and other Massachusetts cities, drunk driving charges have cost people their careers, upended the lives of entire families and caused many other hardships.

Boating under the influence? That's a crime too.

Not everyone has unfettered ocean access quite like Bay Staters do. With its roots in fishing, whaling and crabbing our state has a rich history on the water. But, with access and tradition come responsibility and care. All states have laws that criminalize drinking and driving. Likewise, all states and the federal government have laws that prohibit Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

Consequences for refusing a breathalyzer test

When people get pulled over or are otherwise contained by law enforcement for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, they will usually be asked to take a breathalyzer test. While they have the right to refuse to take this test, they may face consequences of doing this. According to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, an officer may impound the vehicle and immediately suspend the driver’s license if a person refuses to submit to the test.

Drunken driving rate at a new national low

We hear it time and time again - drink and drive and you will get caught. As it turns out, people might be listening to that message. Rates of drunken driving reached a new national low as of 2014, according to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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