Skilled Defense Against Serious Drunk Driving Charges
Drunk driving is a commonly charged crime in Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean it is no big deal. Being charged with operating under the influence (OUI) is embarrassing and financially costly, and it puts you at risk of jail time and a criminal conviction on your record.
If you’ve been charged with OUI, the defense attorney you hire is an important decision. At Kelleher & Maceo, P.C., we offer experienced, caring and skillful defense representation designed to protect your rights and minimize disruptions to your life. Whether you want to simply resolve your case quickly or fight the charges at trial, we can tailor our legal strategy accordingly.
Know Your Legal Options To Resolve OUI Charges
Our firm regularly represents clients charged with OUI. The specific charges you face and your options for resolving them will depend on the details of your case, including:
- Whether you are a first-time offender or have previous OUI offenses on your record
- Your alleged blood-alcohol content at the time of arrest
- Whether you were involved in a car accident resulting in serious bodily injury
- Whether you were driving with a child passenger under the age of 14
Unless there are aggravating factors, first- and second-offense OUI cases are generally charged as misdemeanors, while third-offense and higher are charged as felonies.
Our attorney, Ambar Maceo-Rossi, can represent you in all aspects of your case, including at trial, at evidentiary hearings and in plea negotiations. She will discuss all options with you and will pursue the strategy that is most likely to meet your needs and goals.
Addressing Your OUI Charges Through An Alternative Disposition
Massachusetts offers an alternative to traditional prosecution for qualifying defendants accused of a first or second OUI offense. Instead of a trial or guilty plea, you may be able to participate in a probation program referred to as an alternative disposition. If you successfully complete the program, you will not be found guilty of the offense.
If this is your first OUI offense, we would negotiate with the prosecutor to allow you to participate in the 24D Disposition program. If this is your second OUI offense, we can seek a Cahill Disposition, but only if your first charge was brought more than 10 years ago.
There are benefits to both disposition programs, including the opportunity to avoid an OUI conviction. There are requirements and consequences to both approaches as well, however. And it is worth noting that acceptance into these programs isn’t automatic. We must seek the approval of the prosecutor and judge, and approval will likely depend on the specific facts of your case. Working with an experienced attorney like Ambar Maceo-Rossi can make the process easier and might increase your chances of program admission.
Discuss Your Defense Options With An Attorney For Free
Kelleher & Maceo, P.C., has offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves clients throughout the Greater Boston Metro area. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with an attorney who cares about you and your future, Call us at 617-208-0505 or fill out our online contact form. Hablamos Español.