Mass. Senate debates on drunk driving law

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

The state Senate in Massachusetts is currently debating whether or not to change the language of a drunk driving law that allows many first time OUI offenders to get off scotch free.

State Senators are looking to close the loophole by allowing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to count cases without finding out about a first offense. Earlier in the week, the state Supreme Judicial Court decided that the Registry cannot account for these offenses when determining whether or not he license can be revoked of suspended.

“There’s a very clear need to address this and to do it swiftly,” said State Senate Bruce Tarr. “The unambiguous intent of Melanie’s Law was to target repeat drunk drivers and keep them off the road. In order to do that, we have to be able to count those offenses correctly.” Tarr also said that there is bipartisan support for this bill.

Accident caused by drunk, texting driver

Posted on March 15th, 2012 No Comments

A two-car accident in Uxbridge earlier this week was caused by a 40 year-old man who later admitted he was drunk and texting when the crash occurred. His vehicle hit the driver’s side of another car after he drifted across the street’s solid yellow lines that separates oncoming traffic.

The female driver of the other car was treated for minor head injuries. She complained that her head hurt after she was hit by her car’s broken side mirror that came through her open window.

Authorities soon found the man’s car. Breath tests show his blood alcohol level at 0.21, over the legal limit of 0.08. He has been charged with texting while driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, failing to stay in the right lane, and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury.

If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving, contact the OUI defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

Orleans police officer accused of driving drunk

Posted on September 7th, 2011 No Comments

Orleans police officer Anthony Manfredi has admitted to facts related to his DUI charge from last year.

Manfredi was charged with driving under the influence and negligent operation after he wrecked his vehicle in Mashpee on October 2nd of last year, crashing into a tree. Both Manfredi and his passenger sustained injuries from the accident.

According to Chief Jeffrey Roy, the 32-year-old is now working as a part-time dispatcher after being out of work for several months following the incident. The officer must pay $350 in court fees, attend alcohol education classes, and his driver’s license will be taken away for 45 days.

Although his charges have been continued without a finding for the past year, he must participate in a town disciplinary hearing.

If you have been charged with operating under the influence in the state of Massachusetts, please contact Cape Cod OUI defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676 today.

Harwich man charged with driving while intoxicated

Posted on August 24th, 2011 No Comments

A man from Harwich was caught driving under the influence in Dennisport Friday evening.

The 20-year-old man was driving on Depot Street in an Audi shortly after 9pm when the incident occurred. The driver lost control of the car, then drove through a fence and hit a tree along the car’s path. The vehicle finally came to a halt after striking a boat trailer.

According to a Dennis fire official, hydraulic tools were needed to remove the man from the vehicle. The 20-year-old sustained serious injuries, but they are believed to be non-life threatening. He was taken to the Cape Cod hospital for treatment.

The man has been charged with speeding, violation of a marked lane, and operating under the influence.

If you have been charged with operating under the influence in Massachusetts, you may be able to get your penalties reduced. Contact the Cape Cod OUI defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676 today.

Boston Man Charged in Cape Cod OUI Crash

Posted on July 6th, 2011 No Comments

A Boston man was arrested for drunk driving in Cape Cod Sunday.

According to officials with the Cape Cod Police Department, 67 year-old Petere Black was arrested after a two-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Route 6 near the Truro transfer station. Police say the driver of the other vehicle was transported by ground ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not described as life-threatening.

According to the accident report, Black was charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and failure to stay within marked lanes. He was later released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Wednesday.

Traffic was slowed and diverted from the accident in its aftermath, police said. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

If you have been charged with operating under the influence in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod OUI defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

East Falmouth Mother Charged with OUI

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

An East Falmouth woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges she drove to her child’s elementary school while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

According to Falmouth District Court documents, Denise Morad-Lanoue was arrested at North Falmouth Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon after a concerned citizen called police to report a motorist driving erratically on Route 151. Morad-Lanoue was found at the school sitting in the grass alone watching “mini field day,” court records state.

According to the arrest report, police administered several field sobriety tests, which Morad-Lanoue failed. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of drugs, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Police searched Morad-Lanoue’s car, after she was in custody, and found three empty miniature bottles of Sutter Home wine in her purse, according to court records.

Morad-Lanoue was released from custody and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing July 20.

If you have been charged with operating under the influence in the state of Massachusetts, please contact Cape Cod OUI Defense Attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

Interview with a Former DUI Client