Getting an OUI is scary. For many people, it is the first time they have been in trouble and they don’t know what to expect. In this series of blog posts, we will take a look at the various court events and hearings you can expect when fighting an OUI case in Massachusetts.
Previously, we have covered:
In this post we will explain the next event: Pretrial Conference (PTC)
What to expect during a Pretrial Conference for an OUI case in Massachusetts
Approximately 30 days after your arraignment, the next court date is a pretrial conference (PTC). The purpose of this hearing is to give the defense a chance to make discovery demands from the District Attorney’s (DA) office. This requires them to turn over specific evidence against you. This may include dash cam videos, police reports, the results of your chemical test, medical reports, etc.
It is very important to have an experienced OUI attorney represent you at this hearing because it is important to demand discovery according to specific court procedures. Otherwise, you may not get access to all of the important evidence needed to properly defend your case. If you have hired an attorney, then you are not required to speak at this hearing because the attorney will handle the hearing for you.
At this time, you will also receive a date for your next hearing, called Compliance & Election.
Massachusetts has specific procedures and rules that need to be followed during these hearings. This is why it is in your best interest to hire an attorney who regularly takes OUI case to trial. Most attorneys try to enter a guilty plea so they don’t have to go the extra mile. At Bowser Law, we want to protect you and the best way to do that is to fight with every inch the law allows.
At this point, the best thing you can do for yourself is get the right legal help from an experienced trial lawyer. If you want to fight, call Bowser Law now: (888) 526-9737.