The Top 14 Reasons to Fight Your DUI at
Attorney Russell Matson says "I Can Beat OUI Cases"
Don't plead guilty to an OUI charge before talking to a top
Massachusetts drunk driving defense attorney, and considering all the
reasons to fight the case.
Whether you refused to take a breath test (breathalyzer), or even if you
failed it, there is still a
real chance to win the case.
Almost every OUI case has good things about it and mitigating factors
that I can explain to a jury. My job in an OUI trial is to
put the jury members in your
shoes: on the side of the road at night, with cars whipping by, a
flashlight in your face, knowing that if you can't perform these
strange balancing acts in a high pressure situation, you are going to be
Of course, there are always pros and cons to fighting a case, so if you
are confused I
can help you go over the facts. I'll discuss the pluses and minuses, and risks
in defending an OUI charge, to help you make
the best decision for you and your situation. Call me at
(781) 380-7730 and take advantage of
my free consultation. I'll let you know whether I think it makes sense for
you to fight your OUI case at trial, and how likely I think it is that we
There is no question that, for some people, it makes sense to plead
guilty, get a hardship license so you can drive again, and move on with your
life. (See my
reasons why people plead guilty to OUI.)
make sure you
understand the reasons it often makes sense to fight back, such
When I fight OUI cases, I usually win. I beat them
over 2/3's of the time (and I'll tell you exactly what I think your
- The police may not have had a legitimate reason to pull you over.
If the stop wasn't justified, the whole case could be thrown out.
- If you refused to perform Field Sobriety Tests, that fact can't be used against you in court. It will
not be mentioned.
- If you refused to take a breath test, that fact will
not be used against you in
court. It will not be mentioned at all.
- If you failed a breath
test, and blew a .08% or over,
we can still win.
- The police often make mistakes in administering field sobriety
tests, making the
results scientifically invalid. Attorney Matson has undergone
extensive training in field sobriety tests. He is certified to perform and teach others
how to perform these tests properly, so he knows the tests better
than most police officers.
- Under a tough cross examination, Police officers will
often admit on the stand that any failure to pass field
sobriety tests could be due to factors other than intoxication.
- A jury will not know if you have any prior convictions, since that
information would be prejudicial.
- If you win, you have no record, and haven't increased your risk of
facing more serious consequences in the future.
- If you lose, in many cases you aren't much worse off
than if you plead out, especially for
- If you win, you will avoid substantial increases in your insurance rates.
- If you win, you will avoid a sentence that will include
significant fines, probation and having to participate in an alcohol education program.
- If you win, all existing future job opportunities remain open. A
number of different professional licenses, job opportunities with
the police, the military, and other industries may be unavailable to
you if you plead guilty or agree to a continuance without a finding
A permanent criminal record could follow you for the rest of your
life, and is part of the public record. The state of Connecticut now
lists all criminal convictions on a state website, and Massachusetts
could do the same.
In the future, it is very possible and entirely likely that a google
search for your name could turn up your Drunk Driving conviction for
anyone to see.
- If you win, you will still be able to
travel internationally to Canada which is currently restricting
entry to anyone with even a 1st offense misdemeanor drunk driving conviction.
See the official
Canadian Consulate page on the subject of inadmissibility by
virtue of criminal conviction.
- Drunk driving laws in Massachusetts have been getting stricter every year.
knows how the future may treat those who have plead guilty (or even
agreed to a CWOF) in the past?
Did anyone who plead guilty to an OUI decades ago think they
couldn't travel to Canada? Did anyone who plead guilty to a second
offense just a couple of years ago know that when there license came
up for reinstatement that the laws would have changed, and they now
have to get an ignition
alcohol interlock installed?
For more info, listen to my
podcast where I talk about my thoughts on the decision to fight your
case or plead guilty.
Call me at any hour for a free consultation on the specifics of your case,
and what I can do to defend your rights. I tell you if I think I can
beat your OUI case, and why. Call (781) 380-7730 now.
There's no obligation, so you have nothing to lose by calling.
Russell Matson, Attorney at Law
| About the Attorney |
Attorney Russell Matson concentrates his
practice in DUI Defense. He is a recognized authority on Drunk Driving law and legal issues.
Reading this site is no substitute for legal advice.
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