An OUI conviction can significantly impact your life, including your ability to drive. A qualified OUI attorney can work to limit the impact of an OUI arrest or conviction and explore avenues for expungement or other legal remedies to mitigate the long term effects.
Like any crime, to be found guilty of OUI, the government must prove all elements beyond a reasonable doubt. A tenacious OUI defense attorney will search out weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, including the qualifications and credibility of any witnesses as well as any issues with blood alcohol testing equipment or the manner in which the tests were administered.
Even a first offense OUI charge can have serious consequences, including jail time and license suspension. Moreover, under Melanie’s Law, the penalties for subsequent OUIs are much more severe.
The OUI court process begins with receiving an official notice from the court which includes details of your charges and your first official court appearance, called an arraignment. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your job, reputation, family and future by defending your rights.
Whether it’s your first OUI or you have prior OUIs, a skilled New Bedford OUI defense attorney can mount a strong argument on your behalf to reduce the penalties and/or find an alternative disposition such as a CWOF (Continuance without a Finding). Gary Pacella is a highly regarded criminal lawyer with extensive experience representing individuals in OUI cases. He has offices in New Bedford and Fairhaven, and he represents people facing OUI charges throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.