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When a Massachusetts OUI involves prescription drugs

Having to pull over to the side of the road because a police car with flashing lights is behind you is one of many issues than can ruin an otherwise pleasant day. Circumstances may arise that take the seriousness of such situations up a few notches, such as thinking a Massachusetts police officer is stopping you for traveling a few miles over the posted speed limit to winding up under arrest for suspected OUI.

Memorial Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the road

The holidays can be a lot of fun. You get to see friends and family, share food, maybe drink a few adult beverages and have a good time. However, while you or another driver may have abstained because of driving responsibilities, it does change the fact that summer holidays like Memorial Day are a dangerous time to be on the road.

Don't be too quick to trust your breathalyzer test results.

You have a couple beers with some colleagues one night after work. On your way home, a police officer pulls you over and conducts a breathalyzer test, which you fail. While you might be shocked that just two beers over the course of an evening was enough to put you over the legal limit, you might not question the results. After all, what's a judge likely to believe in court: your personal perception of your level of impairment, or quantitative evidence?

Cross-racial identification still a problem in the courts

Defending clients facing criminal charges requires a skilled attorney who is both educated in the law and also knows their way around a courtroom by working with the judge and jury. This combination of knowledge and experience is particularly on display with a lawyer who must protect clients from the incorrect or false identification.

DNA evidence is not always accurate

One of the biggest advances in forensic science is the use of DNA to solve crimes. Just a few decades ago, DNA technology was crude and simplistic, requiring large samples and taking a long time and a lot of money to process. Today, DNA technology is much more sophisticated and is used in millions of criminal cases every year. Its use has even been popularized in TV shows and movies.

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