It’s holiday seasons in the Bridgewater area and Plymouth County of Massachusetts. It is not a surprise that the police is tracking down people who are operating under the influence (OUI). Many people in Massachusetts often love to have a few drinks when out for dinner and violated the law without knowing.
What is OUI?
According the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), OUI is a serious crime in the state of Massachusetts. You will face penalties from the courts and the RMV in addition to potential license suspension, high fines, and jail time. Massachusetts police use your blood alcohol content (BAC) to determine whether or not you’ve violated the law.
- 0.08% or higher―Drivers 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
- 0.04% or higher―Drivers operating commercial vehicles.
- 0.02% or higher―Drivers younger than 21 years old.
In order to determine your actual BAC, police officers may use a roadside breath test device. However, because it does not filter out where the alcohol content comes from, it may provide inaccurate results which could get you charged with OUI even when you did not pass that limit.
More than Just Alcohol
Breath test devices are often found with a problem that it measures the entire amount of ethanol alcohol within a person’s breath sample regardless of the source of the alcohol. It tends to pick up other chemical compounds in your saliva. Your BAC readings can be influenced by many different factors:
- Body temperature and blood composition
- Vinegar or mouthwash and other liquids that contain alcohol
- By law, police breathalyzers are required to be calibrated for a particular operating temperature. However, in cold New England winters, when it’s used immediately when taken out of a warm police car, it might cause an artificially high reading.
- Waves from technologic devices like cell phones and officers’ radios
Let Us Help You Protect Your Rights in Plymouth County
Contact OUI defense lawyer, Andrew H.P. Norton if you have been charged with an OUI in Massachusetts. You should seek legal assistance immediately from an experienced and knowledgeable OUI defense attorney. With over 25 years of experience representing clients who had been charged with an OUI, he knows the law and the court judges inside out. Unlike other attorneys, Attorney Norton will only provide honest and straightforward strategies and solutions for his clients and ensure that you are protected under the law. Call us at (508) 427-5700 or fill out a contact form to get started. We are here when you need us most.