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Will My OUI Charge be Heard by a Judge or Jury?

The decision whether to elect a bench or jury trial is a critical decision in almost every case. All people charged with an OUI in Massachusetts, even as a first offender, have the right to have their case heard by a jury.

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How should I decide on a bench trial or jury trial?

An advantage to a bench trial is that Attorney DelSignore can take advantage of his knowledge regarding tendencies of individual judges. In many cases, because of Attorney DelSignore's significant experience trying DUI cases, he will have an indication of how a judge may rule on your case given his prior experience with other similar cases.

It is not until the case is set down for trial that it is known who the trial judge is on any particular case. On the day of trial, a DUI attorney and the motorist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a jury and bench trial based largely on the attorney's experience with the particular judge, so that you can be assured that you are making the right decision.

To learn more about whether your case should proceed with a jury or bench trial, you can call Attorney DelSignore at 781-686-5924 or 508-455-4755. You can also read more about current issues impacting the decision of whether to elect a jury or bench trial, by reading his Massachusetts DUI Blog Articles which addressed the recent Special Report by the Boston Globe into Massachusetts OUI bench trials. When this special report was published, in addition to writing numerous blogs on the topic, Attorney DelSignore editorial was published in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

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