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It is legal in Massachusetts to drink alcohol and then drive a motor vehicle. It is only when the amount of alcohol a person drinks impairs their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely or if that person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08% or greater that a crime has been committed.
No person intends to get arrested for drunk driving; however, it happens to many people on a nightly basis in Massachusetts. OUI/DWI Drunk Diving is the one criminal charge that can happen to anyone. It can happen to the career criminal with a lengthy criminal record. It can also happen to the successful business man or the stay-at-home mom with no criminal record. No matter whom the offender may be, penalties for OUI/DWI Drunk Driving in Massachusetts can be severe. An offender will have to deal with an automatic license suspension and could face jail time depending on prior like offenses. Court fees and fines can total well over $1000.
That is why you need an experienced Massachusetts OUI/DWI Drunk Driving attorney to help successfully defend your case and get you the best possible outcome. Attorney Seed is that attorney. As a Suffolk County prosecutor, Attorney Seed had over 150 trials involving OUI/DWI Drunk Driving. He has extensive knowledge of the standard practice and procedures of the State Police, Boston Police, Chelsea Police and Revere Police, to name a few. Attorney Seed prosecuted cases involving serious car accidents, breath test cases, field sobriety cases and State Police Roadblock (Sobriety Checkpoint) cases. Attorney Seed’s significant experience in this specialized field of criminal law will give you a distinct advantage when defending your case.
Defending Your Case
OUI/DWI Drunk Driving cases can be complex and involve technical and scientific evidence. That is why you need an experienced attorney to help you defend your case.
Once pulled over, an officer will immediately begin to make observations of the operator of a motor vehicle. It is here where most officers will note a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot and glassy eyes and slurred speech. The officer will then ask for the operator’s license and registration, and make note of the manner in which it is retrieved. The officer will then ask the operator to step from the vehicle and perform several Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). These often include the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN), the 9 Step Walk and Turn, the One Leg Stand and in some cases, the Portable Breath Test (PBT). If the operator is arrested, they will be given an opportunity at the station to take a Chemical Breath Test.
It is your right to refuse to take any and all of these tests. If you do refuse to take a Breath Test at the station, your license will be revoked for at least 180 days. However, it is often advised to refuse all tests, as this leaves the prosecution with little evidence to use against you at trial. It is also likely that should your case be dismissed or you found not guilty, a judge may reinstate your license before the suspension is due to end.
Attorney Seed knows how to defend you against these charges and fight the various tests that Police use in an attempt to determine whether or not a person is under the influence of alcohol.
Contact us to begin fighting your OUI/DWI Drunk Driving charge today!
If you have been charged with a crime, your freedom – even your life – may be at stake. You need to enlist experienced, trustworthy legal counsel who can guide you through the complexities of the law and aggressively advocate for your interests and rights.
The Law Office of John B. Seed defends people against allegations such as:
- Assault with Dangerous Weapon
- Assault and Battery (AB)
- AB Dangerous Weapon
- Drug Possession
- Drug Distribution
- Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute (PWID)
- PWID School/Park Zone
- OUI/DWI Drunk Driving
- OUI Drugs
- Gun Charges
- Ammunition Charges
- Motor Vehicle Offenses
- Criminal Harassment
- Restraining Order Violations (209A)
- Harassment Order Violations
- Robbery and Theft
- Sex Offenses
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Disorderly Conduct
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Suspended License
- Unlicensed Operation
- Probation Violation Hearings
If you are facing any of these – or other criminal charges, contact us immediately. The sooner we begin our investigation, the more effectively we can defend your rights and the more able we are to prevent criminal prosecution.
Clerk Magistrate Hearings
If you have received a summons to appear at a Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing, contact the Law Office of John B. Seed immediately. A Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing is a great opportunity for you to defend your case and prevent a criminal complaint from issuing against you. Having a seasoned criminal attorney by your side may help protect your criminal record by preventing charges being issued. Many times, cases can be resolved in the Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing and you will never have to step foot in front of a judge for arraignment.
Keeping You Informed
Client communication and a trusting relationship are crucial to a successful defense. Therefore, from our first meeting and throughout the investigation and any subsequent court actions, you will be informed of every development in your case as it happens. We encourage you to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.
If you have been arrested or received a summons, don’t wait – we can help! Call or email today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident or suffered injury due to someone else’s fault, call the Law Office of John B. Seed for a free consultation today. Attorney Seed will take the time to go over your case with you and determine the best course of action, be that negotiating a quick settlement or taking your case to trial.
Attorney Seed represents clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Wrongful Death
- Slip and Fall
- Auto accidents
- Pedestrian/Auto accidents
- Bicycle/Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Serious Bodily Injuries
- Taxi/Subway/Train accidents
- Dog Bites
Call or email the Law Office of John B. Seed for a free consultation today!
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Attorney John B. Seed
20 Linden Street, Suite 215
Boston, MA 02134
Attorney Seed serves people in Boston and the surrounding parts of Massachusetts, including Brighton, Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Weymouth, Milton, Chelsea, Revere, Lynn, Salem, Medford, Cambridge, Brockton, New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Framingham, College and University students and all cities within Plymouth County, Norfolk County, Suffolk County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Worcester County and Bristol County.
Disclaimer: OUI/DWI Drunk Driving and any other information on this website should not be construed to be formal legal advice and does not form an attorney client relationship.