Chicopee OUI Attorney
Local Representation with a Statewide Reputation
An arrest for an OUI-Liquor or OUI-Drugs charge can have immediate and long lasting impacts on many areas of your life. For those with a first time OUI, the process of being questioned, tested for blood alcohol concentration (BAC), arrested and charged can be frightening, embarrassing and confusing. The penalties for conviction can seem unduly harsh. If your arrest was complicated by an OUI with injury or accusations of leaving the scene of an accident, the punishments you face can be even more severe. You don’t need to go through this process alone. OUI laws in Massachusetts are complex, and putting your case in the hands of an experienced OUI attorney is your best option for optimal results.
Regardless of whether it is your first arrest or a multiple OUI charge, it is in your best interests that you retain a proven Chicopee OUI lawyer from The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. Just because you have been charged does not mean that you will be convicted. Your arrest is just the start of the court process. It is also where our advocacy for you begins. We look into the arrest proceedings, the booking process and the charges for any lawful or factual defense. We are not only by your side throughout all legal proceedings; our representation extends to RMV hearings and driver’s license restoration.
When you hire the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard, you are hiring a local firm with a statewide reputation. We represent clients from the Berkshires to Boston. We work with scientists and experts from around the country to analyze the evidence in your case. When your case goes to trial, you can be assured that the testimony used in your defense is from those who are renowned in their field of expertise.
Attorney Bernard prides himself on not only working with the best, but also on remaining on the cutting edge of the science and law of OUI. He is a member of the National Criminal Defense Association and has tried cases in Massachusetts District Courts, Superior Courts and the United States Federal Court. He has completed multiple drug recognition courses and is the only lawyer in Massachusetts who has completed both Borkenstein courses, created by the inventor of the breathalyzer, at the University of Indiana. He is both nationally and locally recognized for his advancement of criminal defense and advocacy.
Attorney Bernard began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Hampden County, and will bring this insider knowledge to bear in your representation. Our office knows how law enforcement gathers evidence in OUI cases and understands how the prosecution builds its case, allowing us to find weak points in the Commonwealth’s argument against you. When you hire us, you can be confident that the lawyer representing you in court is the best possible advocate to have by your side.
Challenging Driver's License Suspensions
One of the first concerns many individuals have when charged with an OUI
offense is how it will affect their ability to drive. This is especially
concerning to those in the western part of the state who rely upon this
mode of transportation for work. As part of your arrest, you were likely
asked to consent to a
blood test. Although you cannot be forced to take these tests, there will be consequences
for your refusal. Your vehicle may be towed from the place of arrest and
impounded, your license will be taken at once and you will need to challenge the
suspension with the RMV.
Our office assists our clients with reinstating their licenses. Whether it is reinstating after a suspension has passed, requesting a hardship license, or appealing the RMV’s decision to deny license reinstatement to the Board of Appeal, we are here to help guide, support, and argue for our client’s driving privileges.
Contact our Chicopee OUI attorney if you are charged with an OUI and need to know how your case can be effectively defended.
Resource Links for Chicopee
Trained Breath Test Machine Operator
Attorney Joseph D. Bernard is the only lawyer in Massachusetts to have completed the breath test training conducted by the state police.
Certified Field Sobriety Test Administers
Our attorneys are certified administers of the field sobriety test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Former Assistant District Attorney
We understand OUI cases from both sides of the fence and know exactly how to defend our clients.
Unique Certification & Expertise
Attorney Joseph Bernard is the only lawyer in Massachusetts to be certified by the internationally acclaimed Borkenstein drug and alcohol courses. Attorney Bernard is also the only lawyer in Massachusetts who is a member of the American Chemical Society.