After a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Norfolk County, you have a lot of decisions to make. Should you just contest the charges? Should you hire a DUI defense attorney? Many people mistakenly plead guilty, thinking the court will show mercy on them. In this day of intense media scrutiny and public pressure, the courts are not lenient during sentencing. You will face severe penalties, including jail time, large fines, and a driver's license suspension, even if this is your first offense. Fortunately, a qualified DUI attorney can improve your chances of avoiding an intoxicated driving conviction and the harsh punishment that follows.
The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Massachusetts is .08%. Even if you test over this limit, you can still fight your charges. Stephen L. Jones is an experienced DUI defense attorney who has completed intensive training courses on breathalyzer testing as well as field sobriety tests. Thanks to his training, he understands the machine's shortcomings and can evaluate the test to determine if any errors were made. Faulty machines, improper administration, dental and medical conditions, as well as mints and gum could artificially raise your BAC reading. If Mr. Jones determines that the results were not accurate, he can move to have this evidence thrown out.
Your charges may even be dismissed if the officer did not have probable cause to pull you over or arrest you for DUI. If the officer lacked probable cause, all evidence is considered to be obtained illegally and your charges may be thrown out. Mr. Jones will investigate the circumstances of your initial stop and arrest to determine if your rights were violated at any time.
Mr. Jones is well-known in the DUI defense community for his proven track record of having his clients' charges reduced to a lesser disposition or even thrown out completely. The author of a highly-regarded book on DUI defense, he shares his strategies and techniques as a speaker at legal seminars and conferences.