What to Do When You Get Arrested for an OUI on Christmas

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The holiday season is upon us—and for many celebrating here in Massachusetts, this is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family. Christmas parties, workplace events, and other gatherings make this a joyous season indeed, and alcohol often contributes to the holiday cheer. As a result, the Christmas season is also one of the most common times for OUI offenses here in Massachusetts.

There's No Good Time to Get an OUI...

While there's never an ideal time to be charged with an OUI or DUI in Massachusetts, facing this charge over the holiday season can be a real headache. Consider, for starters, that the average American increases their alcohol intake by an average of 100% between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. As you can imagine, then, this makes the holiday season an especially common time for people to be charged with DUIs and OUIs in Massachusetts.

As a result, if you face DUI charges on (or around) Christmas, there's a good chance you won't be the only one. Your local police station may be crowded with others who are facing the same offense, which can prolong the process of even getting booked into the system.

once you are booked, you may be in for a much longer legal process than you would be if you were facing OUI/DUI charges at another time of year. That's because the courts will be processing more OUI/DUI cases, which can bog down the system. Meanwhile, courts are closed for major holidays (including not just Christmas Day, but New Year's, Kwanzaa, and other holidays) around this time—so you might have to wait a while for your hearing regardless of how you'll be pleading.

Should You Hire a DUI Attorney?

If you face an OUI in Massachusetts around Christmas, you'll definitely want to have an experienced DUI or OUI attorney by your side. Unfortunately, even getting in touch with a Massachusetts drunk driving attorney during the busy holiday season can be challenging. Not only are OUI lawyers busy during this time of year, but they may be taking some of their own time off to enjoy the holiday season with their families. As a result, getting a Massachusetts OUI lawyer to represent you during this busy time of year can present some of its own challenges.

Still, hiring a DUI defense lawyer is not something you should forego. Whether this is your first OUI/DUI offense in Massachusetts or you have multiple OUIs on your record, having a Massachusetts DUI lawyer to represent you can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Depending on your past record, you could be facing not just hefty fines, but potential suspension of your license and/or even time in jail. An experienced Massachusetts OUI attorney will always work with your best interests in mind, doing what they can to combat your OUI charges and guide you through every step of the legal process.

Attorney James Milligan Can Help

Fortunately, if you face an OUI or DUI charge in Massachusetts this Christmas season, you can always rely on Attorney James Milligan to return your call—day or night. With more than 25 years of experience fighting OUI charges here in the state of Massachusetts, he is one of just a few OUI defense lawyers to actually be certified in drunk driving defense.

And unlike other defense lawyers in Cape Cod and the surrounding areas, Attorney James Milligan is available to help his clients all throughout the holiday season. He'll work tirelessly to expedite your case and get you through the legal process so that you can seek the best possible outcome and get back to enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones.

Getting arrested for an OUI on Christmas can be avoided with responsible decision-making, such as by designating a driver if you choose to drink at holiday gatherings. Still, if you do find yourself in a situation where you're facing OUI charges, be sure to get in touch with Attorney James Milligan to schedule your free case consultation. You can reach his office by calling (508) 930-4273 day or night.