For many people, an arrest for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) is an embarrassing and traumatic experience. In addition to the embarrassment of being handcuffed and placed in custody, many are concerned about the impact on their professional careers, their social lives, and whether they will lose their license. With such serious consequences on the line, it is critical to have a strong legal team on your side.
When an officer alleges that you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is very important to seek legal representation right away. A skilled OUI defense attorney will be well versed in the laws that apply to your case and will have a deep understanding of how those laws can best be used to your advantage.
One of the first things that your lawyer will do is carefully review all the evidence in your case, including witness testimony, police reports and any chemical tests results such as blood or breath samples. If your OUI attorney believes that any of this evidence was improperly obtained or handled, they can file motions to have it thrown out, weakening the prosecution’s case against you.
To convict you of OUI in Massachusetts, the prosecutor must show that when you were operating a motor vehicle on a public way your ability to operate that vehicle safely was impaired by the ingestion of alcohol or drugs. This is typically proven through a test of your performance on the field sobriety tests, the presence of an odor of alcohol on your breath and the presence of bloodshot eyes. OUI Defense