What to Do if You Fail a Massachusetts Breathalyzer Test

Failing a breathalyzer test at a traffic stop or Massachusetts sobriety checkpoint will get you charged with OUI in Massachusetts. This can have a tremendous impact on your life, and you might feel frightened or unsure of what to do next.  Here are four steps that will help you defend yourself from the consequences.

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5 Things You Should Know About DUI Blood Tests

With the current legal controversy around breathalyzer evidence in Massachusetts, there are no quick and easy options for police officers to introduce chemical proof that you are above the legal limit for alcohol in DUI cases. At the same time, charges for driving under the influence of drugs are on the rise with the state’s legalization of cannabis.

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How Strict Are the Massachusetts OUI Laws Compared to Other States?

A 2017 study conducted by WalletHub (and reported on by Marketwatch) ranked Massachusetts as tied for 22nd on the list of strictest DUI laws among U.S. states. This would place Mass in the top half on overall DUI strictness but roughly average in comparison to the rest of the states. According to this list, red states tend on average to be less lenient than blue states, but Massachusetts is among the stricter blue states.

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What Happens When You Get a DUI On a Motorcycle?

You might wonder whether driving drunk on a motorcycle carries the same consequences that it does when you drive a car.  Legally, the laws and consequences are the same when you get a DUI on a motorcycle as they are for any other motor vehicle.  

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Here's How You Can Challenge Your Breathalyzer Test Results

If you have failed a breathalyzer test at a sobriety checkpoint or traffic stop in Massachusetts, then you’ve already incurred an automatic suspension of your license and will soon face drunk driving charges in court.  This is a scary moment for anyone—but don’t panic.

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5 Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer Before Court

One of the scariest aspects of going to court for the average person is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and judges all have expertise in the legal process, but you are the one with legal consequences hanging in the balance.  This can be intimidating.

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Massachusetts OUI Laws, Consequences, and Defenses

Laws in Massachusetts for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) have become more strict and carry harsher penalties since an overhaul of the law in 2002.  This makes it even more important these days to have a basic understanding of your rights, the standards set by the state for OUI, the potential consequences you may face for conviction, and the many possible defenses an attorney may pursue to fight your case.

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What You Should Know About Sobriety Checkpoints in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is legal for law enforcement officers to station themselves at a checkpoint to examine drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment.  These “mobile checkpoints” or “roadblocks” are part of broader efforts by law enforcement to deter drunk driving within Massachusetts borders. Sobriety checkpoints have been controversial for a long time, however, and not all states authorize their use.

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Massachusetts Residents Charged With DUI Out of State

Consider a scenario where you’re away from home, driving around in New York after a night out and are suddenly pulled over by law enforcement, fail a breathalyzer test, and find yourself facing DUI charges. What happens if you get a DUI out of state?

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Marijuana, Opioids, and DUI Law: How Massachusetts Patrols “High” OUIs

With the 2016 passage of “The Regulation and Taxation Marijuana Act,” more questions than answers have been raised about how or even if Massachusetts is able to effectively patrol and penalize the expected increase in drivers who are under the intoxicating influence of THC—or, for that matter, any other non-alcohol drug or substance, such as the opioids that have become a rising crisis in recent years.

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