Driving while under the influence of alcohol is against the law in Massachusetts. Performing a field sobriety test is voluntary if law enforcement officers request them when they pull you over. However, if you refuse to take one, the consequences may include spending the night in jail. At Attorney John B. Seed, we have experience representing clients who have failed these tests.
If you are pulled over in Massachusetts for suspicion of drunk driving, you are probably just a little stressed out. There are many things going on in your mind and you may not be thinking straight. To make things worse, the officer will ask if you are willing to take a breathalyzer, and your answer one way or the other can have serious consequences. Hopefully, you are a responsible driver and this scenario will never happen, but it is always good to have all the information possible so you can make the decision that is best for you.
The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21 years old. However, there is a loophole in the law that allows parents or grandparents to furnish alcohol to underage people on private property. Even though this type of drinking is allowed in a home, there are still penalties if the underage drinker engages in certain activities.
Drunk driving convictions in Massachusetts come with specific penalties that you should be aware of. For some individuals, the use of an ignition interlock device is required. If you are court-ordered to install one of these devices, you must use it every time you drive. Failing to comply with the court order can lead to serious legal troubles.
The majority of drivers in Massachusetts know that driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law, and they have an idea of many of the legal consequences. Getting convicted of a DUI can lead to the loss of a driver's license, court fees, fines and possible jail time. Some drivers will also be required to take alcohol classes and be on probation for a certain period of time. There are also personal consequences that many may not think about, and these can affect the person for a long time.
The opioid crisis is real. This deadly drug problem is pervasive nationwide, but some people might be surprised to know that it is worse in Massachusetts than what the U.S. as a whole is experiencing.
For some people, going through the divorce process can be very tough. Unfortunately, this can give rise to other challenges, such as an increase in the amount of alcohol one consumes. When someone drinks more often, and in greater quantities, they may be more likely to operate a vehicle while intoxicated at some point. Unfortunately, drunk driving charges can make it even more difficult for someone who has already been through a tough divorce to move forward in their life.