Holyoke OUI Attorney
Avoiding a Conviction for an OUI
With driver’s license suspensions and court proceedings, A first-time OUI-liquor, or OUI-drug arrest can cause a lot of disruption in your life. If you have been charged with OUI, you likely have questions about the next steps and what these charges mean for your future. A knowledgeable Holyoke OUI Attorney can answer your questions, alleviate your worries and lay out the best path toward a positive resolution for your case.
Massachusetts offers first time OUI offenders a program that will help them avoid a conviction and resolve their case. But before agreeing to accept a plea and enter this program, it is critical that an attorney examine all potential aspects of your defense and any possible means of dismissal. Not all OUIs should be resolved with a plea. Your Constitutional and statutory rights must be upheld, and you deserve to work with an attorney who will turn over every rock in your case for the best outcome.
The potentially steep OUI penalties, the need for driver's license restoration and other factors can make it easy to give in to pressure from law enforcement or prosecutors to quickly plead guilty. Pleading guilty, however, denies you the opportunity to get the charges reduced or dismissed to avoid a permanent criminal record, a lengthy license suspension, steep fines, community service and time spent in jail or prison.
As opposed to many firms, we limit the amount of cases that we take on in order to give you our full attention and commitment. Whether you ultimately decide to seek a plea or a trial, you will benefit from our negotiation and litigation experience.
Defense Strategies in RMV Hearings
Your arrest initiates two actions, one is in the court system and the other with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Not only will The Law Offices of Attorney Bernard be with you in court, from arraignment to final disposition, our dedicated and experienced attorneys will help you get through the RMV process as well. Many attorneys will only represent a defendant in an OUI case in court. We will provide legal and logistical support through all RMV processes, as well as advocate for you in court. In each forum, using an accomplished attorney can greatly change what occurs in your case.
If you have suffered a license suspension due to an OUI charge, you may be eligible to request a hardship license before the Board of Appeal. A hardship license is a twelve-hour license that permits you to drive everyday. Your driving history and whether you have any prior OUI convictions will determine your eligibility. We have successfully presented many requests for full license reinstatement and with hardship license reinstatement before the Board of Appeal.
When faced with any OUI charge, your first action should be to contact a Holyoke OUI attorney from our firm to discuss how to favorably resolve your case.
Resource Links for Holyoke
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 international acclaimed Borkenstein drug and alcohol courses.