Even when you believe you have been careful and responsible after having
a drink, you might be arrested for suspicion of operating under the influence
(OUI) of alcohol. This could be due to an overzealous police force eager
to crackdown on offenders, or it could be due to a simple misunderstanding,
such as driving a car similar to a reported vehicle. Regardless as to
why you were put in cuffs for an OUI offense, you will need to know what
to do next if you want a strong chance of protecting your future freedoms.
Peace and Quiet
One of the worst mistakes someone can make after being arrested is to get
upset and start saying too much. Cuffs on your wrists do not mean you
have been convicted, no matter what the police might be inferring. Remain
respectful and only speak when answering basic questions about yourself.
Anything else should be left unsaid until you get an attorney on your side.
While you are at the jailhouse, law enforcement is probably going to ask
you to take a chemical test – either breath-, blood-, or urine-based.
If you refuse to take these tests, Massachusetts’s implied consent
law will cause you to automatically lose your license for anywhere from
six months to five years. In most cases, you should not refuse to take
a chemical test for this reason alone.
A Helping Hand
Nothing about laws and litigation is presented in an “easy-to-read”
format. Even OUI regulations can seem totally convoluted or complicated
to someone unfamiliar with the legal system. Rather than pressuring yourself
to try to figure out how to defend your rights and keep your driving privileges,
use your phone call to reach out to a professional attorney.
Here at South Shore Criminal Defense, our OUI attorneys are here to help
people in situations just like yours shield themselves from a harsh legal
system. We have offices set up in Quincy, Brockton, and even Pembroke
to make this entire process easier for you. If you have a question about
your rights after an OUI arrest – or if you need legal counsel – call
617.420.2716 to set up a
free consultation at one of our office locations.