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Georgetown is an Essex County, Massachusetts town through which Interstate 95 crosses. Also running through the town are Routes 133 and 97. There is no mass transit in Georgetown, and the closest rail service is in Rowley. In rural and suburban areas where mass transit and public transportation are not readily available, drunk driving often becomes prevalent. In Georgetown, Massachusetts in particular there are lots of drunk driving arrests. The reasons for this are clear. Georgetown is a small quiet town that is used by residents of neighboring towns as a cut through to get home. People go through Georgetown to get on and off Route 95. They go through Georgetown along Routes 1 and 97. The Georgetown police seem to lie in wait to stop people driving on these roads in late evening or early morning hours. Driving through Georgetown at late hours has resulted in motor vehicle stops made without probable cause. If you have been charged with operating under the influence in Georgetown or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it is important to fully understand your rights and options. The only way to do that is to speak with a Massachusetts DUI/OUI/DWI/drunk driving lawyer.Implied Consent in Massachusetts
Implied consent is the reason why you can face license penalties for refusing a breath test in Massachusetts. Any person who holds a driver’s license in our state has impliedly consented to such testing in the event that police have probable cause to believe that drunk driving is afoot. For a first offense, refusing a breath test carries 180 days of license suspension. However, in many cases refusing a breathalyzer is a smart move because it will make it more difficult for the government to prove its case against you. You should remember that police are required to warn you of the consequences of refusal. You should also know that evidence of your refusal will not be admissible against you in any criminal or civil proceeding.Breathalyzer Defense
Even if you have submitted to a breathalyzer and failed, all is not lost. A seasoned attorney with a thorough understanding of the rules of evidence can often succeed in getting breathalyzer results excluded. Sometimes the testing equipment is not properly maintained or is otherwise not reliable. Sometimes police missteps, such as failure to advise a defendant of the right to an independent blood test, can work in favor of the defendant.Drunk Driving Punishments
Massachusetts OUI charges can be misdemeanors or felonies. OUI first and second offenses are misdemeanors, and any offenses subsequent to that are treated as felonies. Punishments can include jail or prison sentences, monetary fines, alcohol programs, probation supervision and other court fees, license loss or suspension, and more.Massachusetts DUI Defense
Stephen Neyman is a prominent Massachusetts defense attorney who represents persons accused of drunk driving and other crimes in Georgetown and nearby communities. Attorney Neyman is no stranger to Haverhill District Court, which services Georgetown and Haverhill as well as:
Stephen Neyman has been handling drunk driving/OUI/DUI/DWI cases for more than two decades. His experience level and talent set him apart from other OUI lawyers in the state. If you have been charged with drunk driving in Georgetown or in any other city or town in Massachusetts, contact the Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. by calling (617) 263 6800 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week) or by sending an e-mail. Attorney Neyman would be happy to speak with you in a free initial phone consultation.