Lawmakers and supporters of Melanie’s Law are mad after a sensationalized news report in the Boston Herald that there are nearly 1,000 drivers on Massachusetts roads with five or more OUI convictions. They are driving with unrestricted licenses despite laws which mandates permanent license revocation after a 5th offense conviction. [Read more…]
The Boston Herald released the findings of their look into the records of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles this week where they found that only 49% of drunk driving charges in the state end in a guilty disposition. The reports reviewed dated from 2006 through 2009.[Read more…]
When charged with OUI in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth must prove 3 elements under the law to convict you. They must establish that you were
- Operating a Motor Vehicle,
- On a Public Road,
- While Impaired or Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor (or drugs).
How does that work if they find you asleep in your car?
As with so many legal situations, it depends. [Read more…]