Protecting drivers’ rights in Springfield, Northampton, Amherst and all western Massachusetts communities with over 38 years experience
A drunk driving arrest in Amherst, Northampton or Springfield does not always have to result in a conviction or loss of your license. Massachusetts DUI attorney Robert H. Astor is committed to defending the rights of clients facing operating under the influence (OUI), driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), and other alcohol-related charges.
As an Amherst DUI lawyer, he strives to preserve clients’ licenses from suspension and to reduce jail time and fines, whenever possible. He knows the evidence and facts prosecutors must present to obtain a conviction and how to successfully challenge that evidence.
Our Amherst, Northampton & Springfield DUI law firm conducts a thorough investigation
- Did the police have probable cause to stop you?
- Were you read your Miranda warning?
- Were you advised of the consequences of refusing a breath or blood-alcohol test?
- Were all field sobriety, blood, and breath tests conducted according to state standards?
- How long after you were driving were the tests conducted?
- Were you actually driving?
With the knowledge of required police procedures and understanding of the scientific techniques involved in Breathalyzer and blood tests, our firm challenges the propriety of a DUI/DWI/OUI arrest and often succeeds in negotiating reduced charges or obtaining an acquittal at trial.
As a result of the 2005 Melanie’s Law, penalties for drunk driving can be quite severe, even for a first offense. And once you have a first-offense conviction, the potential jail time and fines grow rapidly with subsequent convictions. That is why it is vital to aggressively fight even a first DUI or OUI charge.
Saving your driver’s license
While we are examining the validity of your DUI arrest in Northampton, we simultaneously work to preserve your driver’s license through a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing that is separate from your criminal proceeding. We handle DMV proceedings, in addition to representing DUI clients in the criminal phase of the case.
With so many avenues for defense, do not simply plead guilty. The penalties are too severe. Do not take chances with your future.
See the difference 38 years of experience can make
If your future or your freedom is at stake because of a drunken driving arrest, you owe it to yourself to permit the Law Offices of Robert H. Astor to assess your options.
From our offices in Springfield and Northampton, we proudly represent OUI/DUI/DWI criminal defense clients in all western Massachusetts communities. Contact us online or by calling 413-781-1144 or 413-584-4348.
We help when you need it most