OUI and DUI Defenses: DUI Lawyer in Quincy
Facing a DUI or OUI charge is never easy. Even when you exercise precaution, sometimes you can make a mistake. But a DUI or OUI charge does not automatically equal a DUI or OUI conviction. The best thing to do in this situation is to enlist the help of a reputable and experienced attorney to represent you. At Flanagan & Associates, my number one priority is to provide you with excellent representation so that you have the best chance for winning your case. I am an aggressive, effective criminal defense attorney with over 10 years of experience. Results speak for themselves -- click here to view some examples of my
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Not all states have an "OUI" law, but Massachusetts does. An OUI charge does not necessarily mean you were driving drunk-- it could apply to someone who is under the influence and has their keys in the ignition but is not driving. If you realized you were too drunk to drive and pulled over, then fell asleep with your keys still in the ignition, you could have been charged with an OUI. OUI charges also cover driving under the influence.
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If you are 21 or older and your blood alcohol content is 0.08, or if you are under 21 and your blood alcohol content is 0.02 or higher, you could have been charged with an OUI/DUI. There are many penalties you could face if you are convicted of this type of offense. Penalties become more severe with the number of repeat offenses. Here are some examples of what you could be facing:
- First offense: $500-$5,000 in fines, license suspension for 1 year, and up to 30 months in prison
- Second offense: $600-$6,000 in fines, license suspension for 2 years, and 30 days to 30 months in prison
- Third offense: $1,000-$15,000 in fines, license suspension for 8 years, and 150 days to 5 years in prison
These penalties are, of course, very serious and could be life-altering. But a charge does not equal a conviction! There are many ways to defend your OUI/DUI charge. There are many ways to challenge evidence in your case. If the arresting officer was inexperienced and did not follow protocol correctly, you could have your case dismissed. If you were not properly observed for 15 minutes, and you had vomited or burped in the 15 minutes prior to your Breathalyzer test, your BAC could have registered as higher than it actually was.
Rely on me, Dave Flanagan, if you need representation in an OUI/DUI charge in Quincy or Hingham. Contact me for a free case evaluation today.