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OUI or DUI


 

Frank Fernandez is an experienced criminal defense lawyer, who has defended clients against charges of drunk driving for years. It is important to understand your rights before getting pulled over especially when the consequence of your actions can result in a long suspension of your driver’s license for refusing to take the breathalyzer to potential incarceration if convicted of driving drunk.

 

Having been a former prosecutor attorney Fernandez is well aware of the best trial strategies in trying to overcome a failed breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. He also works with private investigators who are former State Troopers and expert toxicologists to present the best case possible at trial.

 

When an officer pulls you over it is because he has in his mind a good reason to do so, or what is known as a “reasonable suspicion” that either a traffic violation has occurred or a crime such as operating under the influence is being committed. The reason for the stop can be as simple as a broken taillight to observations of swerving within a lane, crossing back and forth over a center line or speeding or driving too slow. Whatever the reason the officer when approaching your vehicle after a stop will always be very aware of your appearance, what you are doing and saying and what is taking place in your vehicle.

 

Any experienced state trooper or police officer will tell you that vehicle stops are always a great unknown and the most dangerous part of their job. From an officer’s perspective, he never knows who is inside a vehicle as he approaches and will always assume the worst, that a person may be armed and dangerous. Troopers and officers are shown surveillance videos in their training academy which show officers being shot and killed performing what looks like an innocent, routine traffic stop in the middle of the day. They approach your vehicle alert and ready for anything. It is important to know the officer’s perspective; it is his observations that will be recorded in his report and form the basis of his testimony at trial.

 

Always be respectful to an officer during a car stop. If asked to step from a vehicle be aware of how you do so and how you stand in front of the officer. He will be observing whether you pull yourself out of the seat using the car to balance yourself or lean on the vehicle and whether you are swaying as you stand. Observations will be recorded as to your physical appearance, whether your breath smells of alcohol, whether your eyes are blood shot, whether your clothing is neat in appearance or unkempt and disheveled in appearance. Anything you say to the officer and how you say it, such as slurred speech, will be in his report. Listen to what he asks you and give short, polite answers directly in point with what is asked. Be prepared to answer routine questions such as providing license and registration, where are you going, where did you come from, have you been drinking, are you aware of the speed limit or reason for the stop.

 

Being prepared and responsive once an officer approaches your vehicle gives you the best chance at trial. To be able to ask an officer months after an arrest at trial to recall my client’s behavior and whether he was polite and responsive to his questions, and confirm that he did not lean on his vehicle or sway can mean the difference between winning and losing a case.

 

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Frank Fernandez was my lawyer for my case. He did a great job on handeling my case. Frank went out his way to get the proper justice in my defense. He didn't just give up on me Frank skills are great he is a great lawyer and I would tell anyone about his services. He is a good man.
Corey Williams
Corey Williams
15:38 21 Aug 17
Very professional and personable. highly recommended. Cared about my cases.exceeded expectations. Thank You Frank.
Adrian Mojica
Adrian Mojica
23:53 10 Aug 17
Was very helpful through out the whole process and was able to get good results out of the cases an less than a year which is amazing.
Xavier Perez
Xavier Perez
18:16 08 Jul 17
Very great to work with. Knowledgeable, calm, cool, and collected. Highly recommended.
Ryan Askerberg
Ryan Askerberg
08:48 07 Jul 17
I am happy that I chose Frank to be my lawyer, and I will choose him again in the future. Although we agreed that I will pay him more money if my case went to trial, but he did his best to get my case dropped, and in fact the case was dismissed, and I didnt have to go through a trial or pay him extra money. He did all the work and all i had to do was showing up in court, I didnt need to speak a word. Very impressing, Frank is someone you can trust, and I respect him and his work
Remas 20007
Remas 20007
18:31 11 Oct 16
He is an amazing lawyer and I recommend him tremendously! He cares about his clients and I assure you he will try his best to get you the best outcome! Highly thankful that I found him, he goes out of his way to please his clients and is very effective. If you are a latino or hispano do not even hesitate and hire him ASAP.
Maria Jose Escobar Navarro
Maria Jose Escobar Navarro
17:05 04 Oct 16
Very honest. Accepted my case while I was in NYC. Explained to me exactly what will happen at minimum cost. First time I can say I met an honest attorney. As a business and real estate in NYC, I retained many attorneys whose goal was to maximize their fees. Mr Fernandez was very reasonable and upfront honest with his fee. Very highly reccomend.
John Haniff
John Haniff
20:51 09 Feb 16
Frank Fernandez should be the first call anyone makes within the Boston area for legal representation. As a working professional, I made a horrible mistake and I was arrested with the potential of spending a lot of time in jail with the potential to have charges escalated. His efforts saved me a lot of potential pain and grief. He came to my rescue when I had no family locally to help me out of the situation my actions caused.I was fortunate that I found him out of the chaotic choices that are out there. Frank is professional and cares about all of the elements which affected the outcome of my case. My life and my career are back on track and I could not have done this without Frank's ability to react and change the course of difficult decisions. Trust, integrity, honesty, alongside the ability to dig deep, are just some of the characteristics of the person who accepted my case in the middle of the night.If you need a sanctuary when you can only see your life taking a change for the worse, call Frank and explain the elements of your case. I've got his card in my car, my wallet, my desk when I've got the potential for any type of legal action. I know he's someone that I can depend upon.I'm not posting for sake of Frank's business, I'm posting to convey my thanks for a difficult set of circumstances that I'll not face due to his ability to think quickly and make reliable decisions in spite of the issues that resulted from my actions.
Tom Coll
Tom Coll
13:41 25 Nov 15

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