Northampton & Amherst OUI Lawyer

OUI defense lawyer serving Springfield, Northampton, Amherst and western Massachusetts with over 40+ years experience

Getting a OUI can be a life-altering experience. When you are charged with a OUI, you may lose your license, your job, and you may even be kicked out of school if you still attend. Depending on the details of your case and whether your OUI injured or killed anyone, your future may be seriously impacted, including fines and even imprisonment. Having a good Amherst OUI lawyer on your side can often be all the difference between a successful court proceeding and a trial that changes your future for the worse.

Committed to providing legal guidance you can trust

When you hire the effective Northampton OUI attorneys of the Law Offices of Robert H. Astor to handle your case, you are taking great steps toward protecting and securing your future. If your OUI happened in or around Springfield, Northampton, or Amherst, contacting our local DUI lawyers may be your best first step. When you choose our law firm to handle your case, your lawyer will guide you through the litigation process, helping you to make the best decisions and choosing the best course of action for your particular case.

As local Springfield OUI attorneys, we know the applicable laws in and around Springfield and can give you advice and guidance in all pre-trial conferences and discussions. We file your paperwork and any needed motions on your behalf, as well as working hard in choosing jurors, hiring expert witnesses, and appointing strong investigators.

OUI Law in Springfield

If you are charged with a OUI in Springfield, you can expect certain steps to occur no matter what. The Springfield police pull you over, arrest you, book and fingerprint you, and request that you take a breathalyzer that could incriminate you. Following these steps, your information is processed and you receive a phone call. Before the Springfield police take you into custody, they must read you your Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney, among others.

Fines and jail time are very possible outcomes for those who commit OUIs in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts law Chapter 90: Section 24 states, “Whoever, upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or upon any way or in any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle with a percentage, by weight, of alcohol in their blood of eight one-hundredths or greater, or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or of marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances, all as defined in section one of chapter ninety-four C, or the vapors of glue shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or both such fine and imprisonment.”

Despite the seemingly precise order of steps taken by police in DUI arrests, a margin of error still exists.

  • A faulty breathalyzer machine offering invalid readings is one example of a situation where the driver may not really be too drunk to drive.
  • The blood alcohol content and breath alcohol content face variable differences, where a driver may be over the limit based on alcohol in the breath, but may still be legally able to drive if given a blood test.
  • Failure of the arresting officers to read the Miranda rights and even police bias may also be grounds for error.

A knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving lawyer zeroes in on the whole case at hand, searching for any inconsistencies and major or marginal errors that could turn your OUI case around for the better.

 See the difference 40+ years of experience can make

From our offices in Springfield and Northampton, we proudly represent personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense clients in all western Massachusetts communities. Contact us online or by calling 413-781-1144 or 413-584-4348.