Can I Represent Myself in an OUI Case?

The short answer is “yes”.  Anyone charged with a crime can to waive their right to an attorney and proceed “pro se.”  Is it advisable to do so? Now that is an entirely different question, with an entirely different answer… “no”.  Most people...

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What Does Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF) Mean?

Maybe you’ve wondered, “What is a CWOF?” but haven’t had an opportunity to learn the answer.  It’s an acronym for “Continuance Without a Finding,” a non-conviction disposition to a criminal case.  If you receive a CWOF in Massachusetts, you are...

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OUI Driver’s License Suspensions in Massachusetts: How They Happen and What to Do Next

In Massachusetts, there are two major types of driver’s license suspensions involved in Operating Under the Influence (OUI) cases:

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What You Need to Know About Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

In Massachusetts, the passage of “The Regulation and Taxation Marijuana Act” made recreational cannabis consumption legal for adults age 21 and over.  This might make you wonder why driving after (or while) smoking marijuana is still...

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Prescription Drugs and Driving: How to Handle an Opioid-Related OUI

The CDC reported more than 700,000 drug overdose fatalities between 1999 and 2017, with more than two-thirds of deaths in the final year attributed to the abuse of opioids.  Synthetics like Tramadol and Fentanyl may have overtaken heroin or more...

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Is an OUI in Massachusetts a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

For a first-time offender—or even a second-time offender—an OUI conviction is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts.  This means your first OUI in Massachusetts is not usually punishable by imprisonment in state prison, although a sentence could include...

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How Long Will My Driver's License Suspension Last After an OUI?

For most people, a driver's license suspension has an enormously negative impact on day-to-day life.  You may need your car to get to work, buy groceries, take care of your kids, report to the court-assigned alcohol education program, and more.

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Defending Against a Breath Test: Why A Failed Breathalyzer Test Doesn't Mean Your DUI Case is Lost

In Massachusetts, there are two ways in which the government can prove a charge of DUI.  The first is by simply offering evidence that demonstrates the person’s ability to drive was impaired.  These kinds of cases usually involve the subjective...

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A Guide to Driver's License Suspensions After a DUI in Massachusetts

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, then your driver’s license has likely been suspended as a result of your refusal to take a breathalyzer test or your failure of the test itself. A license suspension would put anyone in a difficult place, which...

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What to Do When You're Asked to Take a DUI Breath Test in Massachusetts

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, then you’re inevitably going to be asked to take a DUI breath test. This can be a tense situation, and as such, you’re going to want to know how to respond, what to do, and what kind of actions you...

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