According to news sources, an 18-year-old Massachusetts man was recently charged with operating under the influence in a three-vehicle collision that happened in Norton. The accident reportedly happened on Jan. 17 on Newland Street.

Law enforcement authorities with the Norton Police Department were dispatched to the accident scene and conducted an investigation. They allege that the 18-year-old East Bridgewater man was traveling on Newland Street in the same direction as two other vehicles. He allegedly pulled out to pass the two vehicles in front of him, colliding with a car that was attempting to make a left turn off of the street and causing the second vehicle to also become involved in the accident.

The police report that all three vehicles sustained heavy damage. All of the vehicle occupants were treated at the accident scene by paramedics and released. The 18-year-old man was taken into custody on multiple charges, including minor in possession of alcohol, OUI, reckless driving, and a marked lane violation. The man’s initial court appearance was scheduled for Jan. 21. There is no information about whether he remains in custody or if he was able to post a bond.

OUI charges can result in serious consequences for people who are convicted. People who are facing charges of operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol might want to consult with experienced criminal defense lawyers before agreeing to negotiate with the prosecutors.

Even if someone believes that he or she is guilty as charged, an attorney might be able to identify defenses to the charges that could be raised. Lawyers might also be in better positions to secure favorable plea offers from the prosecuting attorneys through negotiations. Having the help of an attorney might also help a person who is facing OUI charges to protect their driving privileges at hearings in the administrative process in addition to the criminal court proceedings. The attorneys might identify constitutional problems with how the stop, search, and seizure of their clients happened and challenge the admissibility of some or all of the evidence. In some cases, the lawyers might fight for their clients through trials to try to protect their rights.