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DETROIT LIONS PLAYER FACES DUI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012
Aaron Berry, a 24 year old Detroit Lion cornerback, faces DUI charges after he drove his vehicle into parked cars and attempted to flee.  He was arrested close to the scene.  Full story here. If convicted, the penalties for a first offense DUI are not more than 2 ½ years imprisonment in a house of correction, a license suspension of one year, and a $500-$5000 dollar fine.  An alternative disposition is one year of probation, mandatory participation in a 16 week alcohol-drug education program that is paid for by the defendant, and suspension of license for 45-90 days (210 days for drivers under 21), with eligibility for a hardship license right away. If you are facing DUI charges, contact the law offices of Brooks & Crowley and our experienced attorneys can help you explore your legal options.

WESTERN MASS. MAN ACQUITTED OF MANSLAUGHTER

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 25, 2012
A Westfield man was acquitted of manslaughter after being accused of drinking beer prior to running over a boy in a kayak with his speedboat of 2010.  A jury trial in Hampshire Superior Court also acquitted him of  the charges of homicide while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, operating a vessel while under the influence causing serious injury and three counts of child endangerment while operating under the influence. If you have been charged with operating under the influence, contact the attorneys at Brooks & Crowley and we can provide you with over 30 years of legal expertise to defend your case.

WOMAN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON 3RD OUI CHARGE

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, June 23, 2012
A Sudbury Town Committee Member will be arraigned on a third OUI charge from May 9th, when she drove her vehicle over an island and struck signs and collided with a granite post.  She left a local restaurant, which was serving alcohol past the time allowed by the license.   See article here. A third drunk driving offense has harsh penalties.  There is no alternative dispute resolution available, and there is a fine in place between $1,000.00 and $15,000.00.  In addition to a suspended license for 8 years and a state seizure and sale of the vehicle, there is jail time of not less than 180 days (150 days mandatory), and no more than 5 years in State Prison. If you are facing an OUI/DUI charge, your reputation and savings are on the line.  Contact us at Brooks & Crowley and see what we can do to offer you legal assistance.

WOMAN FACES 4TH DUI CHARGE

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 22, 2012
An Uxbridge woman was charged with a fourth drunk driving offense after driving her car into a sand trap on a golf course.  The woman, who was driving with a suspended license, claimed her GPS sent her the wrong way.  However, police allege she was drunk.  Police report a cup filled with alcohol in the car.   The woman is being held on a $10,000.00 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of driving with a suspended license and drunk driving.  See full article. If convicted on the drunk driving charge, the woman faces penalties of not less than 2 years in jail with a one year mandatory minimum sentence, not more than 5 years in state prison, a fine between $1500.00 and $25,000.00, a license suspension for ten years, and loss of vehicle to the Commonwealth.
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OUI: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A 25 year-old woman was charged with an OUI in a fatal crash this past Saturday after crashing into a parked flat-bed tow truck and killing her 19 year old passenger. The woman was operating under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication.  See full article here. In Massachusetts, the legal blood alcohol content is .08.  The minimum penalty for a DUI/OUI offense is a fine between $500 and $5,000, a license suspension for one year, and not more than 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.  Drivers arrested for a first OUI offense can get their sentences reduced by agreeing to complete a state-approved alcohol education program. After the first offense, this is no longer an option.

STUDENT ARRAIGNED IN ALLEGED DRUNKEN HIT & RUN

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 15, 2012
A 21 year-old Mass. Maritime student, after hours of drinking at a bar, allegedly got into his car, and while driving, hit a woman and another cadet.  After fleeing the scene, police officials found him inside his car at a restaurant.  His blood alcohol content was 0.18, which is more than double the legal limit. See full story here A drunken hit and run is a serious criminal offense.  If you are facing charges and need legal assistance, contact Brooks & Crowley.  We offer over 30 years of combined experience and can help you find the best legal option for you.

MAN RECEIVES 45 YEAR SENTENCE FOR DWI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 07, 2012
A 59-year-old Texas man was given a 45 year prison sentence for his fifth offense of driving under the influence.  His blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit, at 0.19.  It only took the jurors four minutes to reach the verdict, and he must serve at least 11 years of his sentence. Driving under the influence is a serious offense.  If you have one or multiple charges against you, contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Brooks & Crowley and we will provide you with the legal services you need.

MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 07, 2012
Current Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp (a former Red Sox player), was arrested in Arizona on suspected drunk driving after not being able to stay in his own lane.  He had no proof of insurance as well as an expired registration.  He is the third baseball star to be pulled over in the past month, joining the Tigers player, Miguel Caberera and the Indians outfielder, Austin Kearns.

WEYMOUTH MAN FACES THIRD OUI AFTER HIT & RUN

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2012
A Weymouth man is facing multiple charges after fleeing the scene of a crash while driving under the influence for the third time.  The 49 year old struck a vehicle with multiple passengers and fled the scene where officers shortly thereafter discovered him.  The officers noticed signs that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and after failing field sobriety tests, was arrested and charged with a third OUI, tampering with an ignition interlock device, and operating without an ignition interlock device, all felonies, among other charges.  His two prior OUIs were from 1990 and 2004, respectively.

IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2012
An individual with two or more OUI convictions requires an Alcohol Detecting Ignition Interlock Device to be installed in his or her vehicle. An ignition interlock device is an alcohol breath-screening device mounted on the vehicle and attached to the ignition, which prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol limit of .02.  This is roughly the equivalent of one drink. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts imposes harsh sanctions for violations pertaining to the ignition interlock device, making both operating without an ignition interlock and tampering with an ignition interlock device felonies under Chapter 90 Section 24S and Chapter 90 Section 24T, respectively.   The penalty for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device is an incarceration of period for 6 months to 2.5 years in a the House of Correction or 2.5 to 5 years in state prison, along with a fine of $1,000.00 to $15,000.00.  The penalty for tampering with an ignition device is a period of incarceration from 6 months to 2.5 years in the House of Correction or 3 to 5 years in state prison. To demonstrate “tampering” the prosecution must prove that there was an “overt, conscious attempt” to physically disable or disconnect the interlock device from the power source and allow a person to start or continue operating a motor vehicle without passing the blood alcohol content level test. Whether you are facing your first offense, or multiple offenses for OUI/DUI, you need a competent and experienced attorney to handle your case.  Contact us at Brooks & Crowley and we can offer you the expertise and guidance you need on your legal issue.

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