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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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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How Strict Are Massachusetts OUI Laws?

OUI law in the United States isn’t all that old. This makes sense seeing as how getting around by car is a modern convenience that most American families couldn’t afford just 50 years ago. This means that much of the local law is evolving with...

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Unlawful Stops and DUIs

If you’ve been stopped for suspicion of DUI or OUI, your experience with an officer may have been unlawful, as not every traffic stop is legal. There are certain things you’ll want to be mindful of during a traffic stop that could make or break...

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Entering Canada With a DUI

Getting across the Canadian border is not as simple a process as many believe. Canadians are especially tough when it comes to DUI/OUI law, as it will often affect who they let into their nation.

In the past, foreigners traveling into Canada...

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A Quick Guide to Massachusetts OUI/DUI Laws

Overview

This doesn’t have to be a difficult process. If you’ve recently been charged with OUI or DUI in Massachusetts, asked to perform a field sobriety test, or you’re simply trying to educate yourself, you are already taking the first step to...

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