This is a guest post from Adam H. Rosenblum a Criminal Lawyer in Passaic County NJ.
No one wants to see flashing lights behind them when they are driving, especially if they were
caught drinking and driving.
Being charged with DUI in Boston is very serious. The penalties associated with it are far more severe than those for a run-of-the-mill traffic ticket. After all, you can face extremely high fines, skyrocketing car insurance rates, the loss of your driver’s license, and even jail time.
Even after facing all of those penalties, a DUI conviction will stay on your license for quite a long time and could be a potential bar to employment. Likewise, things can get worse really quickly if you are found with drugs in the car. Remember, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you avoid the negative fallout associated with a DUI/DWI charge.
Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
More often than you might think, a criminal defense attorney can be your get out of jail free card. In what you consider a hopeless situation, an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to help you avoid serving jail time and can negotiate with the prosecutor for a much more lenient sentence.
Additionally, this will likely be your first (or possibly second) DUI/DWI charge. However, a
seasoned criminal defense attorney handles far more than that in a single day. Ultimately, a criminal defense attorney knows the system, the law, the prosecutors, and the judges. He can navigate through the complex jungle of “legalese” and get you the results you want. Think about it, your liberty and driving privileges are on the line. Be sure to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you protect them.
The Law in Massachusetts, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The law considers you “under the influence” (i.e. too impaired to legally drive) if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. However, if you are under 21, it will be illegal for you to drive if your BAC is above 0.02%.
If you are even a hairsbreadth above the limit, a police officer has the right to arrest you, book you, and you can be charged with DUI/DWI. Police officers have very little (if any) tolerance for drunk drivers and the countless excuses that they might make. Therefore, if you are arrested, the best thing for you to do is cooperate and immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your case.
As we explained earlier, the penalties for getting convicted of DUI/DWI in Boston are quite
If convicted, you could face:
• A fine ranging from $500-$25,000 (depending on whether you were a repeat
offender, drugs were found in the car, etc.)
• The loss of your driving privileges for up to 10 years (depending on the
circumstances surrounding your arrest and your prior criminal history)
• Up to 2 1/2 years of jail time for your first offense (up to 5 years if it is your third
• Criminal probation and community service
Aside from these tangible penalties, you can also face some intangible penalties. For example,
you will likely be compelled to reveal the conviction to a potential employer whenever you look
for a job. If you do not disclose, they will likely discover it when they run a criminal background check. In either case, you run a very high risk of losing out on the job either due to the conviction itself or your failure to disclose it. Unfortunately, either way you look at it, you stand to lose. Therefore, be sure to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has the wherewithal to defend your rights and help you avoid a conviction.