Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a mistake that many Massachusetts folks make every year. While getting the initial DUI in Massachusetts or anywhere is bad, there are a number of things that the suspected driver can do to exacerbate the situation. The following includes three things that you should keep in mind if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. Continue reading
It is undeniable that facing a DUI charge is an embarrassing and potentially life-altering ordeal. However, when armed with the right information and legal counsel, you can use the circumstances of your arrest to protect your innocence and restore your clean driving record. There are times when you should consider challenging breathalyzer test results in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Anyone can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A glass of wine at happy hour can subject you to stiff fines and penalties once you get behind the wheel. Being arrested does not make you a bad person, but merely shows the lapse in judgment you may have made.
Recently, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps got another drunk driving arrest. Law enforcement officials claim Phelps was speeding when they pulled him over and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was charged with a DUI, excessive speeding, and for making illegal lane changes. Phelps immediately acknowledged the arrest and issued a statement apologizing for his conduct. He made a lapse in judgment and is now suffering the consequences.
Being charged with a DUI in Massachusetts can be a traumatic experience and could happen to just about anyone. After facing charges, you might wonder if you should contact a drunk-driving attorney. You may also be curious about how you will be prosecuted and what consequences you will face, both personally and professionally. Read on to learn more about what you should do when facing a drunk-driving charge.
The emphatic answer to this question is YES! There are numerous substances that can cause a person to blow a false positive on a breathalyzer test. The problem is that even if you have not been drinking, and you blow a false, you will still be arrested. If you have been arrested, but are convinced that your breathalyzer test yielded a false positive, an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney will be able to help you build your case as to your innocence.
A terrible car accident in Methuen resulted in the death of a Lawrence man, serious injuries to another and a Lowell police officer in jail. The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reported that Lowell Police Officer Eric Wayne will face a judge in Lawrence District Court on Monday where he will be arraigned for charges of motor vehicle homicide, having an open container of alcohol in his motor vehicle, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger. The paper reported that the officer is held on $500,000.000 bail.
When a police officer pulls over a driver or stops a driver at a DUI checkpoint because the officer suspects that the driver may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer will more than likely request that the suspect driver participate in a series of tests commonly referred to as field sobriety tests. In Massachusetts, you have the right to refuse to participate in these tests.
The Fourth of July holiday is one that is often celebrated by gatherings of friends and family members enjoying a barbeque-style meal, with lots of fireworks. The festivities are often accompanied by the consumption of alcohol. This year, Independence Day fell on a Friday – a convenient circumstance given that fireworks are often the most spectacular late at night and Fridays make for excellent party nights since many individuals do not have work on Saturday morning. Undoubtedly, there were most likely some Massachusetts drivers who didn’t exercise their best judgment this past weekend, and who drank alcohol and then proceeded to drive a vehicle. Continue reading
Sometimes people make mistakes and don’t exercise their best judgment when it comes to drinking and driving. That seems to be the case for Massachusetts State Trooper, Dale Jenkins III, who is the subject of a recent article in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Jenkins, of North Andover, has a 14-year history of service with the state police, in addition to belonging to a family legacy of law enforcement officials; Jenkins is the third generation in his family to serve in law enforcement in the state of Massachusetts. However, according to the Tribune, Jenkins was admitted to the emergency room at Lawrence General Hospital after being involved in a car accident, but refused to provide the medical staff with samples of his blood and urine for testing purposes, which fueled accusations by the state prosecutor during Jenkins’ arraignment hearing that the trooper was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The Lawrence Eagle Tribune recently reported that an American Revolution memorial honoring the Methuen men who fought in the Revolutionary War was struck and damaged by a drunk driver. A Haverhill man was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident and exhibited erratic driving behavior both before and after striking the memorial with his vehicle, witnesses reported. The Tribune notes that Haverhill police arrested the driver of the car and charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol. The Methuen police will charge him with speeding and leaving the scene of an accident after causing damage to property. Continue reading