A Year In Review: 2017

March 23, 2018

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Resolution of 140 OUI/DWI cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

I finished what was probably my busiest year to date in terms of OUI/DWI defense and trials. In 2017, I was able to resolve 140 Drunk Driving cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. That may seem like a lot for one (1) lawyer, but I have the help of two (2) very competent Associates, Attorney Kristen McLaughlin and Attorney Mollie Belli, and a wonderful support staff.

I was confronted with the return of dozens of MA OUI Breath Test Cases, which were stayed (postponed), for years in some cases, due to the Consolidated Breath Test Challenge. These cases returned to the trial list in several Courts, including Woburn, Worcester, Fall River, Newburyport, Lowell, Ayer, Fitchburg, Waltham, Dedham and Concord.
Here is a breakdown of the 140 cases I resolved in 2017, including 42 Drunk Driving Defense Trials:

66 OUI Cases in Massachusetts:

Sixteen (16) pleas to a Continued Without A Finding (CWOF) disposition on OUI 1 st offenses;
Seven (7) pleas to Cahill Dispositions, where a 1 st Offense sentence was obtained for an OUI 2 nd Offender, resulting in probation, no jail or hospitalization, and qualification for a Hardship License, subject to installation of the Ignition Interlock Device;
Seven (7) Guilty trial verdicts or plea of Guilty;
Thirty-six (36) Not Guilty trial verdicts, or outright dismissal of the OUI charge;
80% Jury Trial success rate: Out of twenty (20) jury trials, I obtained sixteen (16) Not Guilty verdicts and four (4) guilty verdicts.
100% Bench Trial success date: I obtained nine (9) not guilty findings out of nine (9) bench trials conducted in Massachusetts.

74 DWI Cases in New Hampshire:

Forty (40) agreed upon dismissals of the DWI charge, where a plea to a lesser offense was negotiated to include Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or simple moving violations such as Speeding, Traffic Signal, or Equipment violations. The most common was Reckless Driving, which is significant because Reckless Driving is a civil infraction, not a criminal offense, and it is never considered a Drunk Driving Offense. This is incredibly important to Massachusetts Residents, whom may or may not have a prior OUI under the Lifetime Lookback Provisions of Melanie’s Law or be forever treated as a 2 nd Offender if another Drunk Driving conviction resulted in the future;
Fourteen (14) Guilty Pleas to DWI 1 st Offense as a Class B Misdemeanor, where the original charge reduced from a Class A Misdemeanor DWI 2 nd or 3 rd Offense, Aggravated DWI, or Felony Level Aggravated DWI Serious Bodily Injury;
Thirteen (13) Bench Trials with four (4) Not Guilty findings and nine (9) Guilty Findings:
Seven (7) Guilty Pleas to DWI 1 st Offense.

What is the Bowser Law Difference?

Mike Bowser has unique experience and knowledge which he uses to protect his clients.

  • Mike Bowser is the only Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist who practices in MA, NH & ME. This means he had to pass rigorous examinations and interviews about his knowledge of DUI law to become certified.
  • Because he practices in all three states, Mike Bowser knows how to handle the complications that arise when you are charged as an out of state driver.
  • Clients who have hired Mike Bowser LOVE him! Take one look at his reviews and you will see why Mike Bowser is The Most Reviewed 5 Star DUI Defense Lawyer Practicing in MA, NH & ME!
  • He uses his deep understanding of forensic science to pick apart the evidence against you and looks for errors that he can challenge. He then carefully prepares your case with the goal of highlighting these issues and putting you in the best possible position.
  • He is a ruthless cross-examiner who is at home in the courtroom. Judges, prosecutors, and police officers often praise his professionalism and knowledge.

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