In 2005, I started DelSignore Law as a criminal defense firm handling all types of criminal charges. While we handle every type of criminal charge, we soon got recognized around Massachusetts for handling DUI cases. It was a great honor to quickly be recognized as one of the top firms for OUI defense in Massachusetts. The reason I like handling OUI cases is that I can really identity with what the client is going through. After an arrest, a person feels as though their life is over, they worry about their job, and family life and it is an anxiety that from day one I try to ease for the client. I can relate to someone who has worked there entire life for something only to believe that it is taken away by one mistake; to give someone a second chance by proving a stop was unlawful, that there was not sufficient evidence to prove the case in court or to be passionate enough to be able to convince the jury in the face of difficulty facts is a very rewarding job.
Unfortunately, until the person hears the words not guilty, I cannot predict the outcome or completely ease the stress of being charged. But I have tried to develop systems over the years to reduce the stress during the process. I understand what my clients are going through. It was three days before my law school orientation at University of Connecticut School of Law where I was going to start law school. It was a goal I had been working toward for the last four years of college. It was my vision in high school as I was on the mock trial team.
All of a sudden while driving home from Bryant College I saw the blue lights in the back of my window like so many of my clients. I was on the side of the road performing field tests, thinking I passed only to be told I failed. How was that possible? My fate was in the hands of a police officer. There was nothing I could do. I knew I drank next to nothing that night; I was released and never charged because when I took the breath test the result was zero. I was arrested because I was nervous and overcome with fear from having my fate in the hands of a police officer. While I did not go through the stress having to go to court, the experience stuck in my mind that my clients are all at the mercy of the judgment of a police officer. When I looked at the report the officer wrote, I noticed it was inaccurate, putting quotes for phrases I never use.