Frequently Asked Questions: Drunk Driving Charges
Seeing the distinctive red and blue flashing lights in your rearview window is enough to spark concern. However, facing arrest for suspected drunk driving can raise stress levels to new heights — and a whirlwind of questions about what happens next might race through your mind.
The team at Ohlson & Ohlson, Attorneys at Law, has extensive experience fighting drunk driving charges in Woburn, Stoneham and the surrounding areas. Read on for our answers to clients’ frequently asked questions about OUI/DWIs.
Can (And Should) I Refuse The Breath Test?
When law enforcement seeks to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC), it is most likely in your interest to comply. Massachusetts drivers have an obligation to follow chemical and field sobriety tests due to implied consent laws. Refusing to take a breath test or a blood test — aside from a few special cases — results in immediate license suspension.
If A Chemical Test Shows Positive Results, How Can I Fight The Charges?
Many tools that police use for chemical tests are notoriously unreliable. Machines that measure a driver’s breath for traces of alcohol, for example, need careful maintenance and calibration before use. Police officers may not always take the time to operate these machines properly. Furthermore, these machines can show a false positive if mouthwash, paint fumes or various other substances are present.
To defend against an OUI, we can aggressively challenge how police administered the tests and whether they fully respected your rights. There are many possible arguments against drunk driving accusations, but we customize our strategy according to each case.
Is Hiring A OUI/DWI Attorney Worth It?
Drunk driving charges are serious, and it is critical to avoid treating them like just any other traffic offense. Whether this is your first time facing an OUI or your fifth, talking to an experienced lawyer can help you figure out the next steps.
At Ohlson & Ohlson, Attorneys at Law, we can answer your individual questions about OUI charges at a free consultation. We use simple, clear language so that you can stay up to date on your case. Call 617-650-3357 or contact us online to speak with our accomplished lawyers today.