As many of us will be attending parties this week in celebration of the New Year, it is important to keep in mind that the police will be out looking for impaired operators. If you or someone you know is arrested for suspicion of OUI, keep in mind that under Massachusetts law, you are not required to submit to a breathalyzer test.
If you refuse such a test, however, your license will be suspended for six months for a first offense, three years on a second offense and for five years on a third offense. This is often how the police are able to encourage those arrested for OUI to submit to the breathalyzer test.
If you find yourself in a position where you have consented to the breathalyzer test, and it is over the .08 limit, remember that the machine does not print out guilty tickets. It only prints out a number from a test that is normally given sometime after the motor vehicle stop, and not while you are operating the vehicle. As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with OUI, look for those criminal law attorneys who will fight for you and your rights. You can contact criminal law attorney Shane W. Surrette at 508-799-9309, or by clicking on the link below.