As a Massachusetts OUI defense attorney, a news report from Weymouth about a man arrested and charged with a fourth-offense OUI got my attention recently. The story provided a good example of why people charged with OUI need to hire experienced href=”http://www.neymanlaw.com/lawyer-attorney-1411591.html”>Massachusetts drunk driving defense lawyers to help them. Sometimes people make remarks without thinking them through during stressful situations like being pulled over and questioned by police. Those words can be used against defendants as they go through the legal system, if they don’t have an attorney advocating for them.
In this case, Michael Dencer, 46, of Weymouth, allegedly told an officer who arrested him, “I’m not a bad guy. I just had too much to drink. I’ve been drinking and doing pills all day.” Police arrested Dencer over after an off-duty police officer had reported seeing Dencer’s blue Ford van drive over a traffic island, hit a sign and an SUV occupied by a woman, and then drive away. The off-duty officer followed Dencer’s van and called the police station to notify other officers about the van’s location. Dencer stopped about a mile from the scene of the accident, and police administered three field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He was arrested and charged with fourth-offense drunken driving, driving an uninsured van and driving with a revoked registration, failing to stay in marked lanes and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. The woman in the SUV that Dencer hit was not injured, but a passenger in his van was taken to South Shore Hospital with cuts on her face.
Read article: Weymouth man arrested for fourth DUI.
I’ve written recently about the problems with field sobriety tests as evidence of intoxication. Breathalyzers, which are also unreliable, or blood tests are often administered to demonstrate intoxication, but the article does not tell us whether these were done in Dencer’s case. And even though Dencer allegedly told the police he’d been drinking and taking pills, that comment by itself doesn’t prove that he was legally intoxicated. There could easily be enough holes in the police’s evidence that this case could be dismissed. Nevertheless, anyone charged with a fourth-offense OUI should take the charge seriously, because it carries serious consequences, including incarceration for one to five years, a fine of $1,500-$25,000, a ten year loss of license, and various fees and fines. People will feel the effects of being found guilty on this charge in other areas of their lives as well. It can become much harder to get a job, and when their licenses are returned, their insurance rates will skyrocket.
If you find yourself facing such charges, to be sure you’re getting the best outcome possible, you must have a Massachusetts intoxicated driving defense attorney with the right knowledge and experience on your side. There is simply no other way to ensure that your rights will be protected and that the outcome of your case will be as favorable as possible for you.