The Massachusetts State Police are running a DUI roadblock this weekend in Worcester County.
These roadblocks are run on secondary roadways, and are typically located in the area of Routes 9, 12, or 20.
A DUI roadblock is constitutional if the police conduct it according to strict guidelines and each officer at the roadblock follows these strict guidelines. For instance, it is common for the plan to include the stopping of every vehicle that enters the roadblock, unless traffic gets backed up to a certain location. If you are out and stopped at this or any other roadblock in Massachusetts, there will be a greeting officer who identifies himself and declare that this is a roadblock.
If the officer identifies any factors consistent with impairment, he will direct the vehicle to a secondary area (typically a parking lot), where another officer will look for additional signs of alcohol impairment. If the secondary officer believes the operator is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he will make an arrest.
If you or someone you know is arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol after being stopped at a roadblock, contact a Criminal Law Lawyer with experience handling roadblock cases.
Don’t hesitate, make the call today.
If you are stopped in a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol in Massachusetts, you will likely be asked to perform field sobriety tests. One such test that the police like to utilize in forming their opinion for DUI is a portable breathalyzer test. This test is different from the infrared test that is given back at the police station.
For instance, the portable breathalyzer test is inadmissible in the Commonwealth’s case in chief, yet it is relied on by the police in many instances to determine whether an arrest for drunk driving is appropriate. The infrared breath test that is given back at the police station, however, is admissible in the government’s case in chief if certain minimum regulatory requirements are met.
Additionally, there are no license implications if you refuse or fail the portable breathalyzer test, but there are license implications attached to the infrared breath test. One test doesn’t flow into the next.
As a result, if you or someone close to you is stopped in a vehicle after consuming alcohol, it is important to know what the implications of your decisions are. If you are stopped and arrested, contact a Massachusetts Drunk Driving Attorney who will fight for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
If you are charged with a sex offense in Massachusetts the penalties can be much more substantial than just incarceration. For instance, if you are convicted of a sex offense you will likely be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board. This requires annual registration, and allows for public access to your personal information.
Additionally, many towns have residency requirements that disallow sex offenders from residing in certain locations. For example, some towns won’t allow sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school. This can obviously be problematic if such person already owns a home within 1,000 feet of a school before any such conviction.
Similarly, if you are placed on probation for a sex offense, GPS is required for the period of probation. The GPS will also include exclusion zones, or locations you can’t go to. There is also a significant monthly cost for the GPS, which is in addition to the supervised probation fee.
Most convictions for sex offenses will also subject the person to submission of DNA for inclusion in the DNA database, and the potential to be examined for involuntary lifetime commitment under the sexually dangerous person’s statute.
As a result, if you are charged with a sex offense, contact a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you. Don’t hesitate; the penalties are far too severe.