If you have been charged with a driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Barnstable County, hiring an experienced defense attorney is extremely important. Your attorney can begin devising a defense strategy that can help you avoid the consequences of a drunk-driving conviction. These penalties may include fines, a driver's license suspension, and even jail time.
DUI attorney Stephen L. Jones is known throughout the Massachusetts legal community for his outstanding knowledge of OUI defense. Mr. Jones is board certified in DUI defense and is one of the regents for the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), a legal association that educates other attorneys on how to successfully defend clients in drunk-driving cases. He is the only Massachusetts attorney to be named a Super Lawyer in the DUI defense category. Mr. Willis is the author of a best selling book on DUI Defense that is used as a reference by other Massachusetts defense attorneys.
The forms of evidence that may be used against you in a DUI case typically include the police officer's testimony, your performance on the field sobriety tests, and your blood alcohol content (BAC) reading. Mr. Jones can investigate this evidence to determine if it was accurate or if it contained errors.
The police officer may state that your driving, appearance, and behavior led him or her to believe that you were intoxicated. However, many of these “signs” may be caused by something other than alcohol consumption. For example, low blood sugar could lead to fatigue and slurred speech.
Field sobriety tests are used to determine if there is probable cause to make a DUI arrest. The walk-and-turn and one-leg stand tests require physical and cognitive ability, however weight, age, and physical conditions could cause a person to fail this test.
To determine your BAC, a breathalyzer may be used. These tests are known to have weaknesses that could artificially inflate your results. For example, certain medical and dental conditions as well as gum and mints could affect your reading. Mr. Jones will evaluate the administration of this test to determine if your results are correct.
Successfully contesting a Barnstable County DUI charge is achievable.