You should not plead guilty for a Massachusetts OUI.
- Most drunk driving trials in Massachusetts result in a not guilty.
- The field sobriety tests you were told to perform were done under intimidating, distracting conditions and probably not done according to the police officers’ training manual.
- There are dozens of ways to impeach the accuracy of the field tests. The most common field tests are no more than 68% accurate.
- The field sobriety tests are designed for you to fail.
- Your case may be dismissed because the police had no right to stop your car.
- Your case may be dismissed because the officer didn't tell you certain rights.
- Most officers will admit that what they observed could have been caused by a lack of coordination, lack of balance, nervousness or fatigue.
- On a first offense you are presumed to get the first offenders program, even after trial. Therefore in almost all cases there is no reason to plead guilty.
- The jury will not know that you refused the breath or blood test.
- The jury will not know if you have prior drunk driving offenses.
- If you are found guilty, most judges in Massachusetts will sentence you to the same penalty you were offered on a plea of guilty.
- You need to hire a lawyer who concentrates in drunk driving defense.
Note: Drunk Driving Defense is a very specialized area of the Massachusetts oui law. You need to speak to a Massachusetts oui lawyer who concentrates in fighting this type of case. You should ask any Massachusetts oui or dui lawyer you speak to this one important question:
How many Drunk Driving trials have they had in the past year?
You’ll be surprised at how many Massachusetts oui attorneys really only practice oui law as a sideline. Mr. Stephen Jones fights 100 to 150 cases a year. And his success rate is 80%.