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Commonwealth v. Ananias

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Feb 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last week, Attorney Bernard was at the Concord District Court for Commonwealth v. Ananias. The case has been continued to March 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. for a better determination of the discovery. 

Hospital Blood Draw Test Result Found Unreliable

Posted by Erica M. Bruno | Feb 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the first time in Massachusetts, a hospital blood test result has been found scientifically unreliable in an OUI case! In many cases where a citizen is in an accident and taken to a hospital, blood is drawn and tested to determine the citizens blood alcohol content. Attorney Bernard has been...

2017 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Feb 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our office wanted to congratulate Attorney Bernard for being awarded Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in 2017! We are so proud of everything he has accomplished. As most know, Attorney Bernard has been one of the lead attorneys in Commonwealth v. Ananias. While being involved in that case, he has...

Commonwealth v. Ananias Status Hearing Results

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Jan 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the status hearing on January 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Concord District Court for Commonwealth v. Ananias, the Judge ruled that the Commonwealth committed discovery violations and scheduled the case for final status to complete all discovery. The case has been rescheduled to February 15, ...

MCLE Seminar

Posted by Erica M. Bruno | Nov 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

On November 15, 2017, Attorney Erica M. Bruno attended a Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Motor Vehicle Stops: A View from the Bench, at her alma mater Western New England University School of Law. The seminar presented a panel of judges, including district court Judge Charles Groce, William H...

Axiom Lab - Forensic Chromatography Course

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Nov 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Spending time in a real gas chromatograph laboratory is one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. The entire nation is moving away from the archaic breath test to measure an individuals blood alcohol and Massachusetts will eventually start utilizing with more frequency gas chromatogr...

Commonwealth v. Wolfe: Jury Instruction in OUI Cases

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Oct 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has decided that a jury should not be given a specific instruction regarding the absence of a breathalyzer test or other alcohol-test evidence in an OUI case unless the defendant requests the instruction. In a criminal trial, a defendants refusal to su...

OUI Blood Draws and Implied Consent

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Aug 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

In many OUI cases involving accidents, citizens have been taken to the hospital where their blood was improperly taken at the request of a police officer. Because it often not possible for an officer to perform field sobriety tests or request a breath test in a case involving an accident, an offi...

New Northampton Office!

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Jul 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Attorney Bernard is proud to announce that the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard now has an office in downtown Northampton! Attorney Bernard will be joining the Law Offices of Terrence A. Low and Anthony J. Canata at 4 Market Street, Northampton, MA 01060. The office is just a short walk to the No...

Challenging Prior OUI Convictions

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Jun 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Clients facing a charge of OUI beyond a first offense may have a new means of challenging their prior convictions if they submitted to a breath test in prior cases. Judge Brennan held in Commonwealth v. Ananias that breath test results obtained from the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer devices ...

Worcester County Bar Association

Posted by Joseph Bernard | Jun 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yesterday June 15, 2017, Attorney Bernard, Attorney Ed Ryan, and Attorney Louis Aloise presented at a seminar for the Worcester County Bar Association on all aspects of operating under the influence cases. A wide variety of topics was discussed, from the intake all the way through the end of a tr...

Middlesex County Bar Association

Posted by Joseph Bernard | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Concord District Court Attorney Joseph D. Bernard and Attorney Anne Goldbach discussed Judge Brennan's ruling regarding the challenges to the reliability of the breathalyzer machine used in Massachusetts. Attorney Bernard discussed what was learned from the many ...

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

Posted by Joseph Bernard | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Attorney Bernard was the chairperson and one of the featured speakers at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar for understanding breath testing at MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, via Winter Street. As one of the lead lawyers in the two-wee...

The Aftermath of the Draeger 9510 Decision

Posted by Joseph Bernard | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since Judge Robert Brennan's ruling on February 2017 in Commonwealth v. Ananias, Figeroa, et al., defense attorneys and prosecutors throughout the Commonwealth have been attempting to analyze and argue the boundaries of that decision. Judge Brennan ultimately came to the conclusion that any breat...

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