Now that we have finally reached the summer season, many of us will be attending and celebrating at Fourth of July parties. If you attend such a celebration and consume alcohol in any amount, here are a few things to remember from an OUI Lawyer, if you decide to operate a motor vehicle.
First of all, the police may pull you over for any observed civil motor vehicle infractions. These may include speeding, crossing over marked lanes, or failing to signal. Additionally, if you are stopped, the police are going to observe and make note of your every move for signs of alcohol impairment. This is especially true as we approach the Fourth of July.
Similarly, if you operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol in any amount and this is noticed by the police, they will almost undoubtedly ask you to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. The police officer will make note of how you exit the motor vehicle, and of how you follow instruction and maintain balance on these tests. It is important to note, however, that you are not required to perform these tests, and any refusal to perform such tests can’t be used by the Commonwealth in their case in chief.
Finally, and oftentimes most importantly, is that if you are arrested for OUI in Massachusetts, the police will offer you the opportunity to take a breathalyzer test. It is essential to know that you are not required to take the breathalyzer test in Massachusetts, and a refusal to do so can’t be used against you by the Commonwealth in their case in chief. The consequence of a chemical test refusal, however, is a license loss that can range anywhere from 6 months to life depending on the number of prior OUI offenses.
As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with OUI during the summer or holiday season, contact an OUI Lawyer who can help. Don’t wait until it’s too late, make the call today.