The Boston Globe reported that a Norfolk woman is facing a second drunken driving charge after allegedly causing a multiple car collision in Attleboro according to several 911 callers. State Police charged her with operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, and marked lanes violations. After interviewing other drivers and administering field sobriety tests, State Police determined that the woman was driving while intoxicated. Police arrested her and took her into custody, transporting her to the State Police barracks in Foxborough. Three people not seriously injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The woman was arraigned on Monday in the Attleboro District Court and was ordered held on $3,000 bail with pretrial probation conditions to remain alcohol-free and to refrain from driving an automobile. Her license to operate an automobile was confiscated by the State Police and revoked indefinitely because police deemed her an immediate threat.
If convicted of a second offense OUI, a judge could sentence a defendant to prison for not less than 60 days or up to 2 ½ years in a house of correction. There is a mandatory 30 days that must be served in a house of correction, which may be served at a designated treatment facility for alcohol issues. If a defendant has less than 2 prior convictions he or she is eligible for 2 years of probation in addition to a 14 day in-patient residential alcohol treatment facility. The Registry of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts will also suspend your license for 2 years. A defendant can apply for a hardship license after a year with the requirement of an alcohol interlocking device in the car during the period of hardship.
It is important to hire a skilled and aggressive Boston, Massachusetts OUI criminal defense attorney who will challenge all incriminating tests and observations and file all necessary pretrial motions to exclude potentially harmful evidence from use at trial and to build a case for dismissal of the charges. Melanie’s Law has resulted in harsh penalties for drunken driving offenses in Massachusetts and prosecutors and the courts take a hard line approach when dealing with OUI cases.
Attorney Patrick J. Murphy has been successfully defending OUI cases in Massachusetts for years and has the expert knowledge and trial experience that can make a difference in your case. Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy today for a free consultation. Attorney Murphy is available 24/7 to take your call.