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Friday, May 24, 2013
A recent Supreme Judicial Court decision said the Registry of Motor Vehicles could not count cases that are "continued without a finding" as convictions in determining what sanctions to bring against repeat drunk drivers. Drivers who acknowledge that they were driving drunk can sometimes have their cases continued without a finding, which means that a judge will suspend their case for a period of time and, if they don't get into further trouble, the charges will be dropped.
This is no longer the case. The State has implemented harsh new restrictions on those who prove to be "repeat offenders." DUI, DWI, and OUI are very serious offenses and if you have more than one, expect to be dealt with in a much stricter fashion than a year ago.
That is why it is imperative to have competent legal counsel who understands DUI laws in the State of Massachusetts. These laws are ever-evolving and simple little changes like the revision in Melanie's law can drastically affect your future. No longer will a judge continue without a finding for a repeat offender. One can expect to face stiffer penalties and jail time in comparison to a first time offender.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, DWI, or OUI in the state of Massachusetts, don't delay, contact contact Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Paul R. Moraski at (978) 744-1200. Only a DUI attorney who understands the complicated process can guide you through this unfortunate time.
Paul R. Moraski, Esq.
The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski
221 Essex Street, Suite 51
Salem, Massachusetts 01970