It is important to remember that to be convicted of OUI in Massachusetts, under the operating under the influence prong of the statute, you do not have to be drunk or unconscious. It is sufficient if the Commonwealth shows operation of a motor vehicle at a time the person’s alertness, judgment, and ability to respond promptly are lessened by the consumption of alcohol.
The amount of alcohol necessary to reduce someone’s alertness and ability to respond promptly differs between individuals. Many factors also play a role in reducing ones alertness and ability to respond promptly. For instance, whether food has recently been consumed is important, as well as, the quantity and timing of the consumption of alcohol. Additionally, a person’s height and weight will also play a role in how much alcohol is necessary to reduce someone’s judgment.
As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with OUI in Massachusetts, after consuming alcohol and operating a motor vehicle, contact a MA OUI Lawyer who will fight for you. The consequences are too severe to do anything less.
Domestic Assault Lawyer
Being charged with domestic assault often carries with it consequences beyond contesting a criminal case. For instance, if you reside in the home with the alleged victim, common conditions of release at arraignment include staying away from the residence that you shared with the alleged victim, as well as, not having contact with the alleged victim.
Staying away from the residence can obviously be problematic if you have no other place to live, and no other family or friends in the area. Additionally, if you are unable to contact the alleged victim, and you have children with that person, how can you have contact with the children if you are unable to contact the other parent?
Furthermore, if you are unable to contact the other person and a family member or friend contacts them to discuss the case, even without your permission, the government will likely attempt to attribute the contact to the person charged, and either revoke bail or raise bail.
These are all important details in any domestic assault case that often get overlooked. As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with domestic assault contact a domestic assault lawyer who will fight for you and who will make sure that the playing field is fair.