What happens when I represent a citizen charged with drunk driving? The best way to explain it may be to use illustrations from actual cases I have had previously. I’ve had a lot of success beating OUI charges in courts across the state. I’ve also been able to help people get with their hardship licenses, especially in tricky cases with multiple prior offenses.
I can’t guarantee that I’ll win you case – no lawyer can. But I’ve been able to achieve some remarkable results in cases that initially looked very bad for the defendant.
The following are some of the OUI cases in which I’ve been able to win dismissals, not guilty verdicts in jury or bench trials, or had a client treated as a lesser offense.
2013 Case Wins
|Client, a 24 yr old man was issued a citation for OUI drugs and Negligent Operation. He also had a previous OUI in another state. If the complaint was issued and he were found guilty, he would be facing a two week inpatient program, a 5 yr loss of license and a required Interlock device installed in his car when eligible for license reinstatement. The police found my client disoriented on the side of the road, near a motor scooter. The police detected the smell of alcohol and our client admitted to drinking. He was taken to the hospital and the police issued the citation. I was able to convince the Clerk not to issue the citation. The client saved hundreds of dollars in court costs the inconvenience of losing his license, and additional criminal procedures to fight the case.||OUI Drugs||Dismissed|
|Our client a 47 yr old professional was arrested for his third offense OUI. An officer saw him swerving in and out of lanes and because of this pulled him over. The officer stated in the police report that he smelled alcohol on his breath and that he did not pass any of the field sobriety tests.Our client, if found guilty, was looking at a mandatory 5 months in jail and a loss of license for life. Attorney Matson successfully argued that our client did not demonstrate signs of intoxication at the time of arrest. Attorney Matson, in highlighting the lack of proof of intoxication persuaded the judge to issue a not guilty verdict, saving our client of jail and a lifetime loss of license.||OUI 3rd Offense||Not Guilty at Trial|
|My client a 40 year old male was pulled over for speeding and a broken license plate light. The officer after looking at him and noticing his glassy eyes and smelling a strong odor of alcohol determined that he could be drunk. The officer asked the client where he was coming from and our client told him that he was just at a bar and that he had one beer. After a long conversation with the officer about his family life, my client refused to do the field tests where upon the officer arrested him for operating under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense. At trial I opted out of a jury trial and went for a bench trial. The judge found the client not guilty. Because of the not guilty, he avoided a 5 year loss of license, hefty fees, a 2 week inpatient program and and a mandatory ignition interlock alcohol detection device.||OUI Second Offense||Not Guilty|
|Our client, a 48 yr old mechanic was seen by the police swerving in and out of lanes at 15 mph on a 35 mph road. When the police pulled him offer and asked him if he was drinking he told them yes. The officer noted in his report that our client smelled like alcohol and had trouble focusing. Our client was asked to perform field tests and he failed each one and was promptly arrested for a 2nd offense OUI. At court Attorney Russell Matson was able to convince the judge to charge our client with a first offense OUI instead of a second thus enabling our client to get his license back in 45 days instead of 2 years.||OUI Second Offense||Charge Treated as First Offense|
|Our client a 47 male was arrested for OUI 3rd Offense with Child Endangerment (2 Counts), after being observed by police swerving in and out of lanes into oncoming traffic. When he was pulled over, the police smelled alcohol and our client admitted he had been drinking at dinner with his wife and two children. He was arrested and his wife took the children home. At the police station, our client was said to be belligerent and non compliant with the officers requests. Result: At a jury trial Attorney Henry Fasoldt of the Law Offices of Russell J Matson convinced the jury that the Commonwealth did not prove their case. The verdict was NOT GUILTY on all three counts.||OUI Third Offense||Not Guilty At Trial|
|Our client a 51 yr old construction worker was seen by a state trooper drifting from the middle lane to the right lane then jerking back into the middle lane on the highway. The trooper pulled our client over and saw that his eyes were half closed he was slumped in the drivers seat and he smelled of alcohol. The trooper had our client perform three field sobriety tests which he failed miserably. He arrested out client for an OUI 3rd offence and transported him to the State police barracks. Result: At Trial our client Received Second-Offender Treatment, Despite Having two prior convictions, thus avoiding mandatory jail time that would have resulted from a 3rd offense felony conviction.||OUI Third Offense||Charge Treated as 2nd Offense (No Jail Time)|
|Our client, seen by the police swerving in and out of the lanes, almost hitting another car was pulled over. The police officer who pulled him over was the same officer who had arrested him before for OUI drugs. Our client was shaky and extremely unstable on his feet and the officer determined after having him perform and fail the field sobriety tests that he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and charged. Even though there were witnesses in court who observed his erratic driving Attorney Matson got the case for OUI drugs dismissed and the Negligent Operation was Continued Without a Finding."||OUI Drugs Second Offense and Negligent Operation||Dismissed|
|Our client, a 46 yr. old man came to us with a charge for a 3rd offense OUI. After being followed by police and the police witnessing his severe swerving in and out of his lane he was pulled over. Our client failed every field sobriety test with the officer reporting that he was very unsteady on his feet and reeked of alcohol. He was arrested and failed the breath test blowing a .027. At trial we got the 3rd OUI knocked down to a second with no jail time. A 3rd offense conviction would have resulted in a mandatory 5 months in jail under Mass law."||OUI Third Offense||Reduced to a 2nd Offense no jail time|
Older Case Wins
I’ve been doing this a long time! Here are some of the many cases I’ve won in my career.
- 2012 OUI Cases
- 2011 OUI Cases
- 2010 OUI Cases
- 2009 OUI Cases
- 2008 OUI Cases
- 2007 OUI Cases
- 2006 OUI Cases
- 2005 OUI Cases
- 2004 OUI Cases
- Older OUI Cases
-Attorney Russell Matson