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What happens if you skip your DUI court hearing?

It finally happened. You were driving under the influence, and you got caught. Maybe you were weaving; maybe you even crashed. But your license has been suspended, you've got a mark on your record, and you've been ordered to appear in Massachusetts court for your DUI hearing. You may be thinking you can just skip the hearing; you already took the mark to your record, and now that you've been let out of the drunk tank you do not see much point in attending a hearing to confirm what you already know. So why not just skip it?

Can your license be suspended for an out-of-state DUI?

Whether you are out of state visiting relatives, on vacation or on business, it can be tempting to get a little tipsy and risk the drive when you are not dealing with your home state's laws or state police. If you are pulled over for driving under the influence, you think it may not matter if your license is suspended or revoked in that state because your license was issued in Massachusetts. But what happens when you get back to Massachusetts and find you still cannot drive?

Two kinds of pretrial resolutions to your criminal matter

People who have never been involved with the criminal justice system are often amazed when they discover how complicated it is. When they find themselves in trouble for the first time, they may be pleasantly surprised at the options available to them. Sometimes, a defendant can get their case resolved before it goes to trial.

Massachusetts shoplifting charges: How to handle a first offense

If you are accused of shoplifting for the first time, you will probably experience a good deal of stress and fear. The important thing to remember is that since it is your first offense, the courts are likely to be more lenient. At the same time, you should not be complacent because a Massachusetts shoplifting charge can carry consequences that may stay with you for many years to come.

Don't plead guilty to a DUI/OUI just to avoid a trial

Facing any kind of criminal charges can be a stressful and frightening experience. In addition to worrying about the criminal consequences, people tend to worry about how a trial could affect their job or social standing. For many people, that concern could motivate them to plead guilty in order to avoid the perceived embarrassment of a trial.

Do Massachusetts police do blood or urine tests?

When you are pulled over on Massachusetts streets under suspicion of driving under the influence, you may have the right to refuse a breathalyzer. But do Massachusetts police use chemical testing such as blood or urine testing to determine blood alcohol level? If so, do you have the same right to refuse chemical testing as you have to refuse a breathalyzer?

What are the penalties for underage drunk driving?

When your teenaged child first gets their Massachusetts driver's license, you may face a number of fears about their safety on the highway. That fear compounds when you consider it is entirely possible your child may be engaged in a drunk driving accident. You want to believe that your child would never drive drunk, particularly when the legal driving age is so far from the legal drinking age of 21. But what if your child is convicted of underage drunk driving?

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