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January 2018 - First Offense Found Not Guilty At Trial


My client was originally involved in a motor vehicle accident, which caused police officers to respond to the scene. The police officers assumed my client was under the influence of alcohol and him perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. My client submitted to a Portable Breath Test as well as the Breathalyzer at the police department. The machine reported a reading of 0.14% BAC. 

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. 


I filed a motion to suppress the breath test so it was unable to be used as evidence in court. Additionally, I successfully argued that the Commonwealth was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the client was the individual operating the motor vehicle. Consequently, he was found not guilty for OUI-Liquor, First Offense. 

Fight to protect your future

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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