Melanie’s Law – Massachusetts Drunk Driver Defense

Melanie’s Law is named after a 13-year-old girl, Melanie Powell, who was killed in 2003 in a car accident caused by a drunk driver with multiple convictions. On October 28, 2005 the Massachusetts legislature enacted Melanie’s Law. It was signed into law to increase the criminal and driver’s license related penalties for DUI/OUI/DWI/Drunk Driving convictions in Massachusetts.

Melanie’s Law allows prosecutors to seek stiffer punishments for drunk drivers with repeated convictions. Prosecutors may use certified court records to prove prior drunk driving incidents, and Melanie’s Law also created new crimes under Massachusetts drunk driver laws…

Massachusetts OUI, DUI, DWI Penalties

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Sections 24 and Section 24D explains Massachusetts OUI penalties. In Massachusetts, the law refers to certain drunk driving offenses as “Operating Under the Influence,” or “OUI.” Some other states use the term DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated.) However, under Massachusetts law, they all mean the same thing and carry the same criminal penalties if convicted…

Trial begins Monday for East Bridgewater house party suspects

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Six local youths charged with trashing an Elm Street house to the tune of $50,000 are set to go to trial Monday in Brockton Superior Court.

Police say the suspects threw a party at the home of an acquaintance while that young man’s parents were in Paris. The parents returned to find blood and urine smeared on the walls, windows smashed, holes in the walls, doors off the hinges and an antique couch that had been set on fire.

Monday’s trial is set to take place before Superior Court Judge Carol Ball. The defendants waived their right to a jury and will be tried together.

Six East Bridgewater residents indicted in connection with raging house party

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Six East Bridgewater residents have been indicted in connection with an out-of-control February party that caused more than $50,000 in damage to an Elm Street home.

The charges are as follows: Gersham Grossman, 18, is charged with malicious injury to property and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

Michael Edwards and Daniel Peterson, both 18, are charged with malicious injury to property, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

Case Results – 1989

Attorney Gerald J. Noonan appealed the Defendant’s conviction to the second tier of the trial system. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan filed a Motion to Dismiss and requested an evidentiary hearing. At the evidentiary hearing, Attorney Noonan called the Defendant’s wife to testify. Defendant’s wife testified that the Defendant was not the operator of the blue pick-up truck and that she had been the operator of the blue pick-up truck. The judge dismissed the criminal complaints against the Defendant, and his prior convictions were vacated.