Middlesex DUI Defense Attorney

Experienced Middlesex Criminal Defense Lawyer Aggressively Representing Good People Charged with Serious Motor Vehicle Offenses

Middlesex County is the largest county in Massaachusetts, with more than 1.6 million residents. Not surprisingly, Middlesex County also has the most DUI arrests, with more than 62,000 people arrested each year for driving under the influence and other vehicle crimes. However, there is a long way between a DWI arrest and a conviction; no one knows this better than Middlesex DUI defense attorney Patrick J. Murphy. For more than 27 years, the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has defended the rights and freedom of clients charged with DUI / DWI and OUI offenses throughout Middlesex County, including in Cambridge, Woburn, Everett, Framingham and Malden.

What’s at Stake in a Middlesex DUI Case?

Massachusetts lawmakers take DUI offenses very seriously and have passed strict laws that harshly punish anyone convicted of driving under the influence. For example, even for a first-time DUI offense, you will face a sentence that could include the following:

  • Up to 2.5 years in a house of correction;
  • A fine between $500 and $5,000; and
  • A one-year driver’s license suspension.

However, these are only the criminal consequences of a DWI conviction; you will also face collateral consequences. For example, if you are currently in school, a DUI conviction may require you to go before the disciplinary board. And, if you intend on going back to school, a conviction will make it much harder to get accepted. You may also have difficulty finding or keeping a job once an employer learns you have a prior DUI.

The bottom line is that a conviction for OWI will seriously interrupt your life, even if the judge spares you of a jail sentence. However, a dedicated Middlesex DUI defense attorney can help by working with you to develop a compelling defense to the charges you face.

What Are the Defenses to a Massachusetts DUI?

There are many defenses to DUI charges in Massachusetts. However, not all defenses apply to every case. Some of the most common defenses to driving under the influence charges include the following:

Motion to Suppress Evidence

A motion to suppress is a pre-trial motion used to keep certain evidence out of trial, usually because the evidence was obtained in violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. For example, an experienced Middlesex DUI defense attorney may be able to suppress breath and blood test results, physical evidence such as open containers of alcohol or drugs, or statements the defendant made to law enforcement. Courts can even suppress an officer’s observations following an illegal traffic stop.

Challenging the Accuracy or Reliability of Chemical Test Results

In those cases involving blood or breath test results, it may be possible to cast doubt on the results by reviewing how the test was conducted. For example, breathalyzer machines must be properly calibrated, or they will not return an accurate result. Similarly, law enforcement must administer a blood test according to certain procedures and within a certain period of time; otherwise, the results may be inadmissible.

A Lack of Physical Control

You can’t be found guilty of DUI unless the prosecution proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you were in actual physical control of a vehicle. And, while courts have allowed convictions to stand where defendants were not actually driving, there must be sufficient evidence to show that the defendant had the opportunity and intent to drive. Thus, if you were arrested while sleeping off the effects of a long night of partying in your car, you may be able to challenge the “operation” element of a DUI charge.

Have You Been Arrested for a Middlesex DUI?

If you were recently arrested and charged with an OWI offense in Middlesex County, contact the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy for immediate assistance. Attorney Murphy has decades of hands-on experience defending clients facing every type of DUI, OWI and DWI charge, including those involving fatalities, breath test refusals, and hit-and-run accidents. Whether he is negotiating with prosecutors on your behalf, arguing to keep evidence out of trial, or litigating your case before a jury, Attorney Murphy has what it takes to secure the result you’re looking for. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Middlesex County criminal defense lawyer today, call 617-367-0450. You can also reach us through our online contact form.

Client Reviews
"Highly Recommended. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy absolutely helped me out in my time of need. When I met him in his Boston office he put me right at ease and explained the criminal process to me in a way I could easily understand and in a manner that gave me complete confidence. I was facing a criminal wanton destruction of property charge in Barnstable District Court. On the day of the case, he was at the courthouse waiting for me and my wife. Mr. Murphy handled the hearing in a very thorough and professional manner putting us through our testimony and making a powerful argument to the decision maker. My case was thrown out and I could not be happier with the service from Attorney Murphy. I highly recommend him to you as a skilled legal advocate!" Rob, Avvo User
"Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer. From the first consultation I knew Patrick Murphy was the right choice for my criminal defense. He was knowledgeable of the laws and knew how to build up a strong defense for my case. Every phone call and email I made was promptly answered. When it came time for my hearing, Patrick was prepared and able to get the criminal complaint against me dropped without ever becoming charge! Would highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking a top quality defense attorney to handle their case!" John, Avvo User
"OUI Not Guilty Verdict. Patrick Murphy provided excellent service as council on my case. He worked diligently over a long legal process that spanned over 3 years. He was able to take my case to a Jury Trial and get me a Not Guilty verdict through he expert knowledge of the law and expertise in cross examination of the prosecutions witnesses. He was very professional and available at anytime night or day to answer questions." Chris, Avvo User
"Highly Skilled and Professional Lawyer. Attorney Pat Murphy did a great job guiding me through an A&B charge, and most importantly getting the case dismissed in a very timely manner. He is very professional, returns call promptly, and did a great explaining his strategy and the legal process to me. I was confident throughout the whole process that I was in good hands and would receive the best possible outcome in my case. Would highly recommended Attorney Murphy." Avvo User
"I Felt That I was in Good Hands... and I Was! Mr. Patrick J. Murphy was very quick to respond to my needs. He was always there to answer any questions I had in a timely fashion, and he made me feel very comfortable in an extremely uncomfortable situation. Having Mr. Murphy by my side in the courtroom felt like I was at an advantage. He speaks with confidence. He doesn't stutter or pause while put on the spot. He treated me with respect. He listens. He always greeted me with a warm welcome and never wasted any time." Avvo User