If you are serious about achieving the best possible outcome in your Massachusetts Operating Under the Influence (OUI) case, you should hire the best DUI lawyer that you can afford. I have found that there are general practitioners who handle drunk driving cases amongst many other types of cases and there are those lawyers who specialize in DUI defense. These specialists have extensive experience in defending those accused of OUI. They generally achieve better results in DUI cases as compared to the general practitioners and those lawyers who don’t specialize in DUI defense.
I often receive calls from clients who received harsh DUI penalties after being convicted of drunk driving. Many of these clients realize only after it is too late that they hired the wrong lawyer. Some were forced to accept an unfavorable plea deal while others regretted not having hired the right attorney to handle their case.
Those lawyers who are not familiar with DUI license suspension penalties often subject their clients to unpleasant surprises in the form of long license suspensions, mandatory use of an ignition interlock device, the loss of CDL driving privileges, unforeseen hardship license waiting periods, and substantially more severe treatment by the Registry of Motor Vehicles than what was agreed upon in court. Some unfortunate repeat DUI offenders are saddled with felony convictions on their records which can disqualify them from certain jobs and from being issued firearms licenses.
A DUI lawyer’s job should be comprised of two primary functions – effective advocacy and thoughtful advice, so that the client can make an informed decision regarding whether or take the drunk driving case to trial or work out an acceptable plea bargain. If the case is to be pled out, it is the lawyer’s job to negotiate with the prosecutor to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.
I am amazed by the number of people who call me for legal advice when they are already represented by other lawyers. If you cannot get the advice and information from the attorney who is defending you, it might be time to find another defense lawyer.
If you are a lawyer who is defending a DUI case and you need information or advice, particularly regarding the license suspension, administrative, and collateral consequences associated with a DUI case, I invite you to contact me. I am happy to provide advice and information to other lawyers.