Acton, Massachusetts is a Middlesex County suburb with a population of more than 20,000, which is made up of more than 5,000 families and more than 7,000 households. Acton was initially settled by Native Americans, and later, the area that is now Acton was used by Concord residents to graze their animals. Acton came to play a role in the Industrial Revolution by the 19th Century. More recently, Acton was named one of the best small towns in which to live by a popular magazine, and the town’s high school has been honored by the United States Department of Education. Acton is near Littleton, Concord, Westford and Carlisle. The town is located along Route 2, where many persons find themselves accused of operating under the influence. Attorney Stephen Neyman is well-known for his excellent results in Massachusetts OUI cases.
OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Drunk driving is widely prosecuted in Massachusetts, and experienced OUI lawyers like Stephen Neyman are invaluable in fighting drunk-driving charges. Persons are considered to be impaired when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more. For persons under the age of 21, the legal limit is .02. Massachusetts police, prosecutors, and judges do not take drunk driving lightly, and anyone who has been charged with a Massachusetts OUI/DUI/DWI should be prepared to encounter a harsh prosecution. Obviously, having a skilled and aggressive lawyer on one’s side will help immensely. You should also be talking to a lawyer about trying your case. Police officers and district attorneys expect most people to plead guilty. It is often the easy out of a case but not the best way. Drunk driving cases are among the most winnable and your lawyer should talk to your about this option.
If a first-time offender refuses a breath test in Massachusetts, then his or her license will automatically be suspended for 180 days. For a second-time offender or a person who is under 21, the period of license loss will be 3 years. If a person takes the test and fails it, then his or her license will be suspended for 30 days.
FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS
Common field sobriety tests include recitation of the alphabet, walking in a straight line, the one-leg stand, and the nine step walk and turn. While field sobriety tests are supposed to test a person’s sobriety, sometimes those who are sober can fail these tests for various different reasons such as physical impairments, environmental conditions, age, or even footwear like high-heeled shoes.
Under the Massachusetts’ drunk-driving statute known as Melanie’s Law, the potential punishments for operating under the influence are severe, particularly for those convicted of second or subsequent offenses. The consequences can be life-changing, affecting your career, family and future, even if this is your first offense, and you should speak with a lawyer right away if you are facing any OUI charge.
LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN NEYMAN, P.C. (617) 263 6800
If you have been charged with operating under the influence in Acton or elsewhere, call the Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. at (617) 263 6800 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week). If you would prefer, you can send Attorney Neyman an e-mail. If you need directions to Attorney Neyman’s Boston office, feel free to ask a member of his staff.