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DUI Checkpoints In Massachusetts

If you were charged with operating under the influence and cited for an OUI, you may have been stopped at a roadblock. These drunk­driving checkpoints happen throughout the year on major roadways and intersections. Road blocks will be set up to direct the flow of traffic toward law enforcement officers, who will then evaluate your demeanor and determine if a field sobriety or breathalyzer test will need to be administered to read your blood alcohol content or BAC. There are a few laws that need to be followed even by local authorities to have drunk­driving checkpoints be legal and valid.

The state of Massachusetts requires that:

  • OUI checkpoints must be clearly marked.
  • There must be a means to transport or hold suspected drunk drivers.
  •  The checkpoint must offer an alternate route to avoid the stop.
  • A law enforcement supervisor must be present.

It is also important to note that the state of Massachusetts has determined that OUI checkpoints are Constitutional and police officers are allowed to arrest those that they feel are operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you feel that your rights were violated at a drunk­driving stop, it is important that you contact an attorney from The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. today and seek representation.

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At the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard, P.C. you can rely on his overt dedication and aggressive representation to provide you with the most favorable case results. You need to act quickly after an arrest though; you only have a number of days before you may be facing long­term license suspension and the possibility of jail, fines, and restitution.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your particular situation and how working with a resourceful and highly experienced Springfield OUI lawyer can help you, contact the firm of Attorney Joseph Bernard today at (413) 731­-9995 and schedule your case evaluation now!

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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