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Reading Your Massachusetts DUI Police Report

If you have your Massachusetts DUI police report, it is important to understand that without having read hundreds of drunk driving police reports, without knowing what the police are looking for when they make a drunk driving arrest and without knowing the tendencies of the judges in the court where the case will be heard, you cannot accurate access the strength of your case.

In all OUI police reports, the officer only puts the facts that support the decision to arrest you; anything that is favorable to your defense is left out of the police report. Typically, at trial, the police officer will be forced to acknowledge that if something was not mentioned in the police report, it is a sign that you were not under the influence of alcohol. This is referred as impeachment by omission by lawyers.

  • Police Training on OUI cases

When I question a police officer at trial, many of my questions are based on what I know about the officers training. For example, I understand that the officer is taught to look for a motorist having trouble getting out of their car, fumbling for their license and registration and not responding promptly to questions of the officer. If there is no mention of a motorist having any of these difficulties it helps undermine the officer’s opinion that the motorist was under the influence. The key to reading police reports is to understand the officer will rarely come out and say what a motorist did correctly or what evidence was inconsistent with the arrest decision. It is my experience handling these cases and knowing the police training that helps me to challenge the officer’s opinion.

When I review a police report, I have hundreds of cases to compare your case with and other cases that I have won at trial before a judge or juries. It is important to understand that only an experienced Massachusetts DUI attorney can provide you with an accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

Call Massachusetts DUI attorney Michael DelSignore at 508-455-4755 or 781-686-5924 to discuss your case. Most calls are answered personally.

Client Reviews
Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! He was always available to answer any questions I had and helped walked me through the entire process. I could not have done it without them! I highly recommend choosing this law firm to deal with your legal needs, you will not be dissatisfied. Ashley
I cannot express the gratitude towards Michael for his amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael over and over again. Claire