A conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol (also known as drunk driving, OUI, and DWI) carries criminal penalties and driver’s license suspensions. There are also collateral consequences involving employment, education, insurance and background checks. A prior OUI conviction on your record or other aggravating factors will dramatically increase the potential penalties in court and at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Operating under the influence of alcohol is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Massachusetts, and many of us probably know someone who has been arrested for OUI. Don’t let this fact fool you into believing that an OUI arrest is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. The penalties that accompany an OUI conviction are severe and long-lasting.
Attorney Chris Spring has litigated hundreds of drunk driving cases, as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He knows how to attack the Commonwealth’s case to avoid or minimize the tougher penalties under Melanie’s Law.
Attorney Spring defends OUI cases in every courthouse in Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex Counties. He has defended cases involving every type of scenario related to allegations of impaired driving:
The passage of Melanie’s Law in 2005 enhanced Massachusetts’ drunk driving penalties, particularly for repeat offenders. There is now a lifetime look-back period for prior convictions, meaning that you could face mandatory jail time even if your past OUI convictions were decades ago. In addition, Melanie’s Law allows a Breathalyzer reading of .08 to be sufficient evidence for a “per se” conviction for OUI, and the Registry of Motor Vehicle automatically suspends defendants’ driver’s licenses when they refuse to blow the Breathalyzer.
Given the potentially devastating consequences of an OUI conviction, you will need every advantage if you have been charged with drunk driving. Before entering private practice Attorney Spring was an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County where he prosecuted hundreds of OUI cases. Since founding Spring & Spring, he has defended hundreds of people charged with drunk driving. He has successfully defended cases by challenging the initial motor vehicle stop, the field sobriety tests, the Breathalyzer results, and the validity of prior convictions. He has won motions to suppress, which resulted in the dismissal of cases, when police officers failed to follow the rules during drunk driving roadblocks. He has convinced juries to return verdicts of not guilty, even where his clients have admitted to drinking or using drugs, failed the Breathalyzer or field sobriety tests, and been involved in serious car accidents.
Before you return to court or talk to the police, it is crucial that you meet with an experienced Middlesex County criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Contact Attorney Chris Spring today to schedule a free consultation at your home.