The pandemic has made 2020 a difficult year. Most of us are greatly looking forward to 2021, and hopefully a quick end to the pandemic and a complete re-opening of our stores, restaurants, and economy.
With the difficult times that we’ve been facing, it may be tempting to over-celebrate this New Year’s Eve with a little too much drinking and festivities. As a Tewksbury and Lowell OUI lawyer, I urge people who will be celebrating away from their home on New Year’s Eve to carefully plan their evening, including where they will be going and how they will return home. Here are a few aspects to consider, both for this year and future years:
The easiest and safest way to avoid having to deal with car issues in this situation is simply plan on using a taxi or rideshare service both to and from a party or bar.
Obey the police.
If you get stopped, you do not have to answer any questions that may incriminate you, such as answering questions about how much alcohol you may have consumed. You also may withhold consent to a voluntary search of your car (however, if you’re being arrested, the police can search your car).
Do not argue with the police if they choose to charge you with OUI, or if they do search your car. The time to contest charges – as well as matters such as whether the police had a good faith basis for stopping you – will be later. This is the role of your attorney. Those who argue with the police or refuse a pat down or engage in similar confrontations will only make their case worse by additionally getting a resisting arrest charge.
Remember – if you’re stopped by the police, you’ll likely be recorded by video. Video can help or hurt your case, so act responsibly.
Discussing the circumstances of an arrest on social media.
Many people believe that because they may have limited their social media postings to close friends and family, the prosecution will never see their postings. This is not the case.
Prosecutors can (and often do) use social media like Facebook to find out more about a person charged with a crime. Thus making a posting like “Can’t believe I finished a full 12-pack before driving home last night” is unlikely to help a person’s case.
Instead of making social media postings concerning an arrest, assume that everything that you post on social media may be publicly known and used against you in court.
As an OUI lawyer, I represent those in Tewksbury, Lowell, and the surrounding communities charged with impaired driving. I am tenacious about seeking to preserve the legal innocence of clients against OUI and other driving charges.
I offer a free consultation to so that those charged with OUI or other criminal offenses can learn about how I can help. If you’ve been charged with OUI, I would invite you to call me to take advantage of this free consultation.
I and my firm accept OUI and criminal defense cases on a fixed fee basis. This means that you’ll know at the outset exactly how much your legal fees will be.