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CASE RESULTS

September 2017 - First Offense Dismissed

Facts:

Police originally pulled my client over for the registration sticker missing on the motor vehicle. Although it was not my client's car, he was asked to perform Field Sobriety Tests. As a result of these tests, my client was arrested and brought back to the police department where he submitted to a breath test.

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. 

Outcome:

The charge for OUI-Liquor was dismissed after I filed numerous motions challenging the reliability of the breath test. Additionally, I filed a motion in Commonwealth v. Ananias which alerted the public that the Office of Alcohol Testing withheld evidence showing faulty results for the Draeger 9510 breath test machines. Consequently, a statewide moratorium on the use of breath test results was issued by the government. Due to all of these efforts, I was able to successfully have my client's charge 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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