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August 2017 - First Offense Dismissed for Valor Act


The police alleged that my client was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor, among other charges. My client served in the in the United States Marine Corps. The Court recognized that he was a veteran prior to his arraignment on these charges.

Maximum Penalty:

Imprisonment for not more than 2 1/2 years, or not less than $500, or both, plus $50 Victims of Drunk Driving Assessment, $250 Head Injury Assessment, and license revoked for 1 year. 


Pursuant to the Valor Act, my client underwent an evaluation with the local VA and received a recommendation that he receive treatment through the VA. The prosecutor and the Judge recognized my client's service, that he had no criminal record, and that treatment would benefit my client. As a result of my efforts and the efforts of the VA, my client was not arraigned on any charges, and the OUI - First Offense was dismissed.

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If found guilty, you may be facing serious penalties and life altering consequences, including jail time, steep fines, court ordered alcohol treatment programs, and community service. In addition, your driver’s license can be suspended for an extended period of time. Depending on the specific circumstances pertaining to your case, your offense may be charged as a felony, which exponentially increases your penalties. Do not sit back and wait for your charges to resolve themselves. Be proactive and call immediately to secure the representation of Attorney Joseph Bernard to resolve your case in the most efficient way possible and with the most favorable outcome available to you.


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