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August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama's Uncle Arrested for Drunk Driving in Massachusetts


obama.jpgOnyango Obama, uncle to United States President Barack Obama, was arrested last week in Framingham and charged with allegedly violating the Massachusetts Drunk Driving Laws.

According to the Framingham Police Department, Obama was stopped last Wednesday when he almost collided with a police cruiser. After pulling him over, the officer reported that Obama's speech was allegedly slurred, his eyes "red and glassy", and then allegedly admitted to having drank two beers.

Framingham Police allege that Onyango Obama also failed Field Sobriety Tests, and was ultimately arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.

At his booking at the police station, however, Onyango Obama reportedly asked to call the White House when afforded an opportunity to use the telephone. President Obama, who was vacationing on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts at the time, later issued a statement that he was unaware of his uncle's arrest until informed of such by his press secretary.

According to the Associated Press, Onyango Obama has been in the United States since the 1960's, though his immigration status is unclear. In 1982, however, Onyango Obama was reportedly ordered by a U.S. immigration judge to leave the country because he was in the United States illegally.

Following his arrest on DUI Charges, Onyango Obama will reportedly also have to answer to immigration issues before the United States District Court in Boston, though it is unclear whether deportation proceedings will be forthcoming.

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April 29, 2011

Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Derek Lowe Arrested for DUI


lowe.jpegDerek Lowe, 37, the baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox for 8 years, was arrested this past week on Drunk Driving Charges. He has been charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stay in Marked Lanes.

Now playing for the Braves, Derek Lowe was arrested by police in Atlanta where he now plays for the Braves. Initial reports indicate that Lowe was pulled over for possibly racing another car. The police officer who pulled him over reported that he "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" and asked him to perform Field Sobriety Tests. Derek Lowe did refuse, however, to submit to an Alcohol Breath Test.

In his 8 seasons playing for the Boston Red Sox, Derek Lowe had a record of 70-55, along with 85 saves and an ERA of 3.72.

DUI / OUI in Massachusetts carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections, along with fines/fees of up to $5,000, and suspension of your Massachusetts Driver's License for 1 year.

Because Massachusetts Drunk Driving Laws presume an 'Alternative Disposition' for first-time offenders, persons charged with OUI / DUI should strongly consider taking their OUI case to trial and fighting the drunk driving charges. This is so because, even upon a disposition, such as Continuance Without a Finding, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles still considers this as the equivalent as a conviction or Guilty plea.

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April 5, 2011

NBA Star Jalen Rose Arrested for Drunk Driving


Jalen Rose.jpgFormer NBA start Jalen Rose was arrested by Michigan authorities on Drunk Driving Charges after he lost control of his car on an icy road and crashed.

According to police reports, Jalen Rose voluntarily submitted to several Field Sobriety Tests and was then transported to a facility where he reportedly submitted to an Alcohol Breath Test. Rose has since been temporarily suspended from his position at ESPN, where he was employed as an NBA analyst, for not initially reporting his DUI arrest.

As in most states across the country, Massachusetts Drunk Driving Laws do not require a persons stopped on suspicion of DUI to submit to a Breathalyzer Test. You do have a right to refuse a police officer's request to submit to a breath test, and that refusal cannot be used against you. If you do agree to take the Breathalyzer and blow a reading of 0.08% or above, your license will be suspended for 30 days.

Persons stopped for suspected DUI / OUI should be aware, however, that a Breathalyzer Test Refusal in Massachusetts carries a mandatory loss of your driver's license:

  • 180 day loss if no prior OUI Charges

  • 3 year loss if 1 prior OUI Charge

  • 5 year loss if 2 prior OUI Charges

  • LIFETIME suspension if 3 or more prior OUI Charges
Additionally, the length of loss of a persons driver's license for an Alcohol Breath Test Refusal in Massachusetts is even greater for driver's ages 18-21, and even longer for those under 18.

At the end of the day, whether or not you should submit to a Breathalyzer Test in Massachusetts should be weighed against any potential loss of license and, if you fail, providing the prosecutor with even more evidence to convict you.

As a Boston DUI Lawyer, I encourage people to only submit to an Alcohol Breath Test if they are confident they can pass. Otherwise, it might be prudent to take the loss of license have increased chances of beating your Massachusetts OUI Charges.

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