Newbury, Massachusetts is an Essex County town south of the Merrimack River. Newbury is bordered by Newburyport, West Newbury, Groveland, Georgetown, and Rowley. Newbury is a quiet town with a small population in its 26.5 square miles. Newburyport District Court serves Newbury and surrounding communities.
I-95 passes through Newbury as does U.S. Route 1 and Massachusetts Route 1A. On these busy highways, it is not uncommon for persons to be accused of operating under the influence.
MASSACHUSETTS OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
It is a criminal offense to operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Persons 21 and older are considered to be under the influence of alcohol if they have a .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or higher. Even a first offense OUI can carry serious consequences, and the penalties are even more severe for second and subsequent offenses. If convicted of operating under the influence, one may be placed on probation, assigned to an alcohol education program, have one’s license suspended, and more. Anyone with two or more OUI convictions will have to have a certified ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle before license restoration, and that person will bear the costs of installing and maintaining the device.
“OPERATING” A VEHICLE
“Operating” a vehicle does not even require that the engine be running. The act of moving the gears is considered “operating” as is starting the engine. If one possesses keys a vehicle and the engine is warm, or if one is sleeping in a car, it is still possible to be convicted of “operating” under the influence.
“UNDER THE INFLUENCE”
“Under the influence” is not synonymous with “intoxicated.” One does not have to be drunk to be driving under the influence of alcohol, and the prosecutor does not have to prove that a defendant was drunk.
MASSACHUSETTS OUI ATTORNEY
Stephen Neyman is a highly experienced Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer who handles OUI cases throughout the state. Attorney Neyman’s expertise stems from more than 20 years of practice. He consistently achieves excellent case outcomes as a result of his hard work, commitment to clients and aggressive representation. A former prosecutor, Stephen Neyman is well aware of how his clients’ cases will be handled. With that in mind, he is able to anticipate and build his clients’ defenses accordingly. It is crucial to have a highly-skilled lawyer like Stephen Neyman on your side in any case, and especially in OUI cases.
LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN NEYMAN, P.C. (617) 263 6800
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. is a Boston-based practice focusing solely on criminal defense. If you have been charged with drunk driving/OUI/DUI/DWI in Newbury or anywhere else in Massachusetts, Attorney Neyman invites you to call his office for a free initial telephone consultation. You can reach him by calling (617) 263 6800 (24 hours a day, every day of the week) or by sending him an e-mail. It is always advisable to speak with a qualified attorney at the earliest possible stage of your case, so do not wait.