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How common is DUI in Massachusetts?

Across the country, many drivers are charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol, an offense that can destroy their lives in various ways (many of which have been addressed on this blog). However, in Massachusetts, drunk driving occurs even more frequently, according to statistics. It is important to know how damaging these charges can be and stay off the road after drinking, of course. However, some drivers may forget that they consumed enough alcohol to push them over the legal limit and in some instances, drivers may be falsely accused of driving under the influence.

Halloween celebrations and DUI charges

During holidays such as Halloween, some people choose to drink alcohol as part of their celebrations. Unfortunately, this can result in drunk driving charges for those who take to the road afterward. If you were recently charged with driving under the influence on Halloween, you could be facing all sorts of worries and be unsure of what the implications of these charges will be. In this position, our law firm knows how essential it is to take a close look at your legal rights and prepare thoroughly.

Man accused of DUI in Massachusetts

Drunk driving charges are very serious and have the capability of destroying someone's life. However, there are additional circumstances in which those accused of DUI may face even more difficulties. For example, someone who is accused of DUI while a child is in the car could face additional penalties that cause lasting problems in their lives. Aside from time behind bars and stiff fines, these charges could affect their ability to have a healthy relationship with their child and generate an intense stigma, especially with the rapid sharing of information in the digital age.

Drugged driving is on the increase

Most drivers in Massachusetts are aware of the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, driving after taking prescription medications can also have detrimental effects and lead to serious accidents. This was highlighted this summer after the arrest of Tiger Woods, who was found asleep at the wheel and failed the sobriety tests. It was found that painkiller use, and not alcohol, was the reason for his behavior.

The impact of drunk driving on child custody

We have explored many of the different ways in which those charged with driving under the influence are affected. From the loss of their driving privileges to prison time and costly fines, these charges can certainly make life challenging in different ways. However, drunk driving charges can create additional hardships for people in ways that are often overlooked. For example, drunk driving can spell trouble for those who are in the middle of a custody dispute, or anticipate that they will be going through a dispute over child custody in the near future. In Boston, and other Massachusetts cities, parents in this position need to be prepared.

Teens, peer pressure and drunk driving

For teenagers, life can become very complicated when drunk driving allegations arise. Attorney John B. Seed knows how this situation can upend life for a family and is very difficult for young drivers and their parents. Unfortunately, teenagers sometimes face challenges that may pop up on a daily basis, such as peer pressure. While people from various age groups may find themselves facing DUI charges or put in a position where there is pressure to drive after drinking, such as during a family celebration, this issue can be especially hard for teenagers.

Can DUI charges affect travel?

If you are charged with driving under the influence, you may have an array of uncertainties related to your circumstances. For example, you may wonder how the charges could impact your life, which may include your relationships with friends and relatives and your employment as well. However, there are other consequences related to DUI charges that people in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts may not realize. For example, these charges could affect your ability to travel.

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