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OUI and DWI questions: Should you take a breath test?

Being stopped by a Massachusetts police officer can be stressful and nerve wracking. You may believe that things will go easier the more compliant you are, but that may not always be the case. While you should always be courteous and non-confrontational, you do not have to comply with every request an officer makes. For instance, if you are suspected of OUI and DWI, you do not necessarily need to submit to a breath test.

The sobering facts about traffic stop field tests

Nothing ruins a nice evening out more than getting pulled over by Massachusetts police on your way home. If you're lucky, you might get away with a warning from the officer to slow down; if you're not so lucky, you might hear six words most motorists dread: Please step out of the vehicle. That's typically a real game changer, especially if you consumed alcohol at some point earlier on. If your next moments are comprised of field sobriety tests, you might be in for more trouble.

How OUI can affect the life of a Massachusetts resident

In the absence of other circumstances, a first-offense charge for operating under the influence is a misdemeanor. This often leads to many people failing to give the charge the attention it deserves. Even a misdemeanor OUI charge can significantly affect the life of a Massachusetts resident.

Massachusetts’ threshold for felony theft among nation’s lowest

Certain theft crime allegations can leave a person facing felony charges here in Massachusetts. In fact, the chances of being charged with a felony in relation to a theft can be particularly high here as compared to many other states. This is because of Massachusetts’ felony theft threshold laws.

Can We Trust Our Crime Labs?

The forensic crime lab is supposed to be the place where truth comes to light. Drug testing, DNA evidence and other tests are supposed to reveal the essential facts of each case, in many cases determining whether a defendant goes to jail or walks free. But in some cases, the crime lab has become instead a focal point for fraud.

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