In Massachusetts, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle on public roads while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The criminal offense is commonly referred to as OUI (or DUI in other states), and conviction carries serious penalties. If you have been charged with OUI, it’s important to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible.
An OUI charge can have far-reaching implications for your life, including fines, probation, and even jail time. We help clients reduce or avoid these penalties by challenging the evidence and arguing that they are not guilty of the underlying criminal offense.
To convict you of OUI, the prosecution must prove that at the time you were operating the vehicle, your ability to do so safely was impaired by alcohol or drugs beyond a reasonable doubt. The main way that the prosecution tries to demonstrate this is by your performance on field sobriety tests. The police will likely tell the jury that your eyes were bloodshot and glassy, that you smelled of alcohol, or that your speech was slow and slurred.
We can challenge the accuracy of this evidence by demonstrating that the test was administered improperly or that it was not calibrated correctly. We can also argue that your BAC was not high enough to cause impairment. We will work tirelessly to have this evidence excluded from your trial. If it is allowed to enter into your case, we can use our experience to minimize its impact on your final result. OUI Defense