What Happens If You Get an OUI in a Boat?

It is illegal in Massachusetts to operate any sort of watercraft (jet ski, canoe, kayak, sailboat, rowboat) while impaired by alcohol—not just engine-powered yachts and speedboats.  Harbor/Marine Patrol, the Coast Guard, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police all have the authority to arrest you for OUI on a boat, which is sometimes called “Boating Under the Influence of drugs and alcohol” (BUI).

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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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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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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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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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Nonresidents Charged With a DUI in Massachusetts

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Massachusetts but live in another state, you’ll find that MA law will scrutinize your lifetime driving record as carefully and aggressively as it does for its own residents.  Previous DUI convictions from another state can also affect the level of consequences you’ll face, no matter how far away or how long ago they occurred.

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First DUI Next Steps and How to Prepare for Court

If you’re ever faced with a DUI, the first thing you should do is to simply take a breath. Don’t stress or panic. DUI’s are a serious thing, but trying to handle one without taking the time to think, make a plan, and act out that plan will make a bad situation even worse.

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