Driving the wrong way down a major road like route 9 is likely to get the attention of the police. And It is not surprising to learn that this occurrence is frequently associated with the driver being drunk.
But even a horrible set of facts can result in a fairly reasonable outcome in an OUI case if no one is injured, and you have an experienced defense lawyer.
We have successfully gotten some great results in cases where the facts of the incident were frankly pretty bad and incriminating.
A Wayland woman was arrested in Framingham for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to an article in the MetroWest Daily News. She was allegedly found driving the wrong way on Route 9 at about 8:15 p.m. Police allege that she appeared drunk and was having difficulty finding her license, despite it being in her hand. Police allege that the defendant told officers she was on her way to Wayland and denied drinking. She then reportedly told officers she had two vodka drinks. Finally, she later reportedly told officers that she had been drinking for a couple of hours during the afternoon. She reportedly blew a .17 on the Breathalyzer test. The legal limit is .08.
The defendant was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor and driving to endanger, as well as a marked lanes violation.
Resulting Penalties and Conviction
The defendant admitted to sufficient facts to find her guilty in Framingham District Court on Tuesday. She has lost her license for 45 days and has been issued fines of $650. The judge dropped the driving to endanger charge on payment of fines and issued a “continuance without a finding” for one year. A continuance without a finding means that if she does not get charged with a crime in the next year, the OUI charge will be dismissed, although it still counts as a previous offense if there are future incidents.
Though she received punishment, the defendant achieved a relatively favorable result in this case, especially for a fairly ugly driving incident, and being found to be more than double the legal limit for alcohol. For many people facing OUI charges, as well as driving to endanger charges, a judge may not readily drop the additional charge. This charge appears to be the first OUI charge that this woman has received, based on the 45 day license suspension.
Having an experienced Massachusetts OUI attorney on your side can often be the difference between a favorable result, such as the one she received, and a worse outcome. I am often able to negotiate with prosecutors in these cases to achieve better results for his or her client. For many, going into court alone on an OUI charge can lead to stress, confusion, and egregious punishment.
If you are facing an OUI charge, contact me for a consultation today. Even when it looks and sounds terrible, good results in court are possible. I can help!