Massachusetts drivers may be shocked to learn that a 29-year-old woman was taken into police custody and was charged with drunk driving on the morning of April 12. According to authorities, an officer conducted a traffic stop on the Connecticut woman's vehicle on Depot Street in Easton at approximately 12:36 a.m.
Authorities reported that they were notified of a driver who was driving at excessive speeds and swerving back and forth across the center line. After officers pulled the vehicle over, the woman was brought into custody for drunk driving. She was charged with DUI before being released on personal recognizance. She was scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court on April 13 for her arraignment. It was not reported if she had a prior history of DUI.
The state of Massachusetts takes allegations of drunk driving very seriously. If the person is facing their first drunk driving charge, the sentence can potentially include jail time, a one-year suspension of the person's driver's license and a minimum $500 fine. If the person has a previous drunk driving history, the penalties can be much more severe; the person faces a mandatory jail sentence, a suspension of their driver's privileges for at least two years and expensive fines.
With so much on the line, it is important that a criminal law attorney utilize a strong defense to contest the drunk driving allegations. There are several ways that this can be done; for example, the attorney may argue that the authorities had no probable cause to pull the accused person over in the first place or the testing devices that were used to determine if the person was under the influence were not used properly.
Source: The Enterprise, "Woman arrested for drunken driving in Easton," Maria Papadopoulos, April 12, 2015