Do You Have A Prior OUI Conviction?
If you have a prior conviction for operating under the influence (OUI, or DUI) of alcohol or drugs, you understand the serious and often negative impact of OUI conviction. You may have done your time, completed alcohol education classes and paid heavy fines. This means that you know full well the implications if you are stopped again for drunk driving.
No one sets out to endanger others when getting behind the wheel after a night of partying with friends. However, if you find yourself facing the law once again for alleged drunk driving, you know that you need experienced and prompt representation. At The Law Offices of David B. Zirlen, you can find such services. I am a former prosecutor who zealously advocates for those facing repeat OUI offenses in Framingham and the surrounding Bostonwest metro.
The Effects Of Melanie’s Law
Following the death of a 13-year-old girl in a drunk driving accident caused by a repeat OUI offender, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law — Melanie’s Law — in 2005 imposing tougher sanctions on repeat drunk drivers. Under this law, those who have prior drunk driving convictions on their records not only face enhanced penalties, but also several mandatory ones, including:
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on all of the driver’s vehicles, at the driver’s expense
- An additional two years of IID use following driver’s license reinstatement, if the person was eligible for a hardship license
- One-year mandatory jail sentence if the person was operating a vehicle on a suspended license due to a previous drunk driving offense
- Inability to obtain a 15-day temporary license if the person refused or failed a Breathalyzer or chemical test
- Up to five years’ license suspension for a 2nd OUI and lifetime suspension for three or more OUI convictions if the person refused a Breathalyzer or chemical test
- A minimum of five years’ imprisonment if charged with manslaughter by motor vehicle, meaning someone was killed as a result of the drunk driving incident
With penalties this severe, it’s extremely important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have someone on your side, the more time you have to investigate evidence and develop a solid defense strategy. I will put more than 20 years’ of experience behind you and help you explore all options to vigorously protect your rights, your freedom and your future.
There Is No Judgment In My Office
Many people who come to my firm feel ashamed and scared when facing repeat OUI/DUI charges. At my firm, however, you will not be met with judgment. Instead, you will be met with respect and a determination to help you protect your constitutional rights to solid representation. I am your advocate before the law, and I take this role very seriously. With experience as a former prosecutor and more than 20 years in private practice, I will put my knowledge and skills to work in helping you resolve your case in the best way possible.
Contact Me, OUI Lawyer David B. Zirlen
If you find yourself facing the law once more, contact my office in Natick for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explore your options. Call 508-653-6666 or send me an email through this website to get started.