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Debunking common myths about driving

Have you ever heard one of your friends tell you that texting and driving isn't that bad? Or that they can spot a cop before they get pulled over for speeding? How about people who say that they can argue their way out of any ticket? Or people who think that they are still good drivers when they are drunk?

Don’t let an underage OUI ruin your teenager’s holiday

The holiday season is here, but that’s not necessarily a reason to celebrate if you have a teenage child. That’s because the season is one of the most dangerous of the year for drunk drivers—and, though it can be difficult for parents to face, some of those drunk drivers are teenagers.

The factors that can affect your OUI-related license suspension

Drunk driving charges of any kind are serious, and Massachusetts drivers accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face serious penalties if convicted. However, there are certain factors that could make the stakes even higher, increasing the penalties associated with your OUI, specifically the length of the license suspension.

Report: State crime lab withheld pro-defense evidence in OUI cases

A report by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety found that the State Police Office of Alcohol Testing routinely failed to provide pro-defense information to defendants' attorneys as is required by the law and constitution.

Study: Hiring an OUI defense lawyer could actually pay for itself

Being convicted of OUI in Massachusetts can really cost you. Even a first-time OUI can mean jail time, a minimum fine of $500, the loss of your driver's license for a year, a permanent police record and more. The penalties are higher for those under 21, if you refuse the breath test, or if you are found guilty of OUI more than once.

Spanish-speaking OUI arrestee fights inaccurate rights translation

Even after the City of Methuen's Spanish translation of a rights notice was thrown out by a judge, a Spanish-speaking woman claims it is still being used to coerce arrestees. She has filed a federal class action to compel Methuen to correct its form, as it has promised to do in the past.

Seeking guidance before a hearing for a chemical test refusal

Staring down accusations for driving under the influence of alcohol can be a stressful and daunting experience. If recently involved in a traffic stop, which led to accusations of intoxication, you might have felt somewhat intimidated by the process and uncertain of what to do.

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