DUI Attorney Neil Crowley
Cell: (617) 312-7621
Office: (781) 251-0555 x107
DUI Attorney Steven Brooks
Cell: (617) 224-7410
Office: (781) 251-0555 x106
If you’ve been arrested in Massachusetts on a DUI charge, you need a Massachusetts DUI lawyer with the knowledge and experience to ensure that you are treated fairly in your pending Massachusetts DUI case. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a Massachusetts lawyer who does not specialize in Massachusetts DUI law. With over 20 years of defense experience in Massachusetts DUI cases, and an impressive Massachusetts DUI case record, the Massachusetts DUI lawyer team at Brooks & Crowley LLP can provide the specialized Massachusetts DUI lawyer service you’re looking for.
The Brooks & Crowley Massachusetts DUI lawyer team has the knowledge, experience, and focus necessary to provide you with the best Massachusetts DUI lawyer defense possible. We don’t take anything for granted when it comes to your Massachusetts DUI case, and will pursue every avenue available to us to prove your innocence. We have over 20 years experience as a Massachusetts DUI lawyer team defending Massachusetts drivers in Massachusetts DUI cases, and we want to put that experience to work for you.
While you’re certainly allowed to represent yourself, considering what is at stake it’s not a good idea. To give yourself the best chance of beating the Massachusetts DUI charge, you need a lawyer who is familiar with the complex body of law associated with drinking and driving in Massachusetts. An experienced and skilled Massachusetts DUI lawyer knows what types of issues will come up at trial, and how to make the best case possible for you. Your license, money, reputation, and even your freedom are at stake. Don’t put them needlessly at risk. Be sure to ask your prospective lawyer about his/her level of experience trying Massachusetts DUI cases. Massachusetts DUI cases are different than any other kind of criminal defense, and require special knowledge. Your Massachusetts DUI lawyer should have substantial experience trying, and winning, Massachusetts DUI cases. Be sure to ask any lawyer you’re considering hiring about their experience and track record handling Massachusetts DUI cases.
In order to be found guilty of Operating Under the Influence (or OUI, which is Massachusetts’ drunk driving charge, and essentially synonymous with DUI or DWI in other states) in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were (1) operating a motor vehicle, (2) on a street/way to which the public has access, (3) while having a BAC of .08 or higher OR while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
The penalties for a Mass DUI conviction increase in severity with each repeat offense. A first time offender could face up to 2 1/2 years in a House of Corrections, we are almost always able to arrange for an alternative disposition which involves no jail time.
In Massachusetts there is a “lifetime lookback” for prior offenses, meaning that any previous DUI conviction or guilty plea, even in another state, will count as a prior offense. A second offense carries a minimum of 30 days in prison, among other penalties, but an alternative disposition involving no jail time is available and we are often able to secure that. For any offense after the second however, there is no alternative disposition, and you will be serving time in prison if found guilty.
The arraignment typically takes place the next business day after your arrest, and is the first step in the Massachusetts DUI trial process. Remember, if you failed or refused the breath test your license is suspended, and you cannot drive to court (or anywhere else). While the arraignment tends to be fairly short and simple, it is still a very good idea to have an experienced Massachusetts DUI lawyer with you to talk you through the process, and make sure that you get the best possible representation. Since you’re planning on doing the smart thing and hiring a Massachusetts DUI lawyer, it won’t cost you any extra to have them with you at the arraignment, and it can only help. At the arraignment you will also have the opportunity to get a copy of the police report from your arrest. If we are unable to accompany you to your arraignment for some reason, make sure to get a copy of the police report, and fax it to us if possible (FAX: 781-251-0552), so that we can use it in order to find possible flaws in the prosecution’s case.
After the arraignment comes the pre-trial conference, where the attorneys for the prosecution and defense have an opportunity to discuss a possible settlement. If you choose to fight the charges (as we tend to recommend), you have the option of choosing either a Massachusetts DUI trial in front of a 6 person jury, or a bench trial, in which the judge alone rules on guilt. If you are found guilty or make an admission of guilt, the judge will impose a sentence that could include jail time, fines, and/or mandatory drug/alcohol counseling along with the suspension of your license. Fortunately, you will have a Massachusetts DUI lawyer with a wealth of experience and skill on your side, to point out the flaws in the Commonwealth’s case, and create the reasonable doubt that is all we need to win your case.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area, you need a skilled Massachusetts DUI lawyer with experience fighting DUI cases to help protect your license, bank account, and your freedom. The consequences of a Massachusetts DUI conviction can be significant, and lasting. At Brooks & Crowley LLP, we’re ready to hear about your case and give you a free Massachusetts DUI lawyer consultation to help you determine the best course of action. Your case may be much stronger than you initially think. Contact us now for a free Massachusetts DUI consultation.
Contact us anytime, 24 hours a day to ask us about your case, and what we can do to help you. We are pleased to offer free Massachusetts DUI lawyer consultation both in person and over the phone.
Office Phone: (781) 251-0555
Attorney Steven Brooks: (617) 224-7410
Attorney Neil Crowley: (617) 312-7621