Needham, MA DUI Defense Attorney
Arrested for driving under the influence? Call us!
Accusations of driving under the influence (DUI) or operating under the influence (OUI) can leave anyone facing fines and imprisonment. Massachusetts law decrees that any person that has used drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car while driving on a public roadway can be convicted of DUI/OUI. These are serious charges that can result in life-altering consequences.
For a DUI, you may be facing:
- Fines of $500 to $5,000
- A few months to a few years in jail
- A license suspension or revocation
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Substance abuse program
Drivers can be charged when they have a BAC of .08% or above. BAC is the percentage of alcohol in the person’s body as a result of alcohol consumption.
There are several common ways law enforcement tests for BAC or impairment:
- Breath test by using a breathalyzer device
- Blood sample which is sent to a lab for analysis
- Urine test, which is used in drug cases
Call our Needham DUI attorneys right away if you have been charged with DUI. Keegan Law can speak with you about your defense options and ensure you remain on top of the timeline for fighting your charges.
How Melanie’s Law Affects DUI Offenses in MA
DUI laws frequently change, and Massachusetts is one such state where there are the penalties for DUI have changed over time. Melanie’s Law, passed in 2005, has caused the number of DUI arrests across the state to increase dramatically, and the penalties for these arrests have only become harsher.
Melanie’s Law means that any driver that has gotten behind the wheel of a car with a license that had been suspended for OUI and was arrested for driving under the influence now faces two separate charges of OUI and OUI with a suspended license, which carry a mandatory minimum of one year in jail.
What to Know About DUI Traffic Stops
One of the things an officer may rely on when stopping a car on suspicion of driving under the influence is that the driver is not aware of their constitutional rights. Having an awareness of these rights can prevent an arrest and help build a defense for any charges leveled against you.
Whether you pulled over for traffic stop or a DUI checkpoint, you have the following rights:
- Right to deny the search of your vehicle without a warrant or reason
- Right to refuse a field sobriety test
- Right to remain silent
- Right to retain an attorney if you have been charged
We know what your legal rights are, how officers will try to use your ignorance against you, and how to prove a drunk driving arrest violated the law. DUI arrests are rarely black and white, and we know how to find problems with the evidence acquired or the arrest that was made, leading to dismissed or dropped charges.
Speak to Our DUI Defense Attorneys Today
DUI arrests are often time sensitive, and there are many times that acting quickly can make a huge difference. Keegan Law has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and knows how to use our prior law enforcement background to your advantage.