Massachusetts, 14 Sep 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, A 24-year old male was charged with Operating Under the Influence- Liquor (OUI) and Operating to Endanger after the North Attleboro Police responded to a report of a two-car accident in the downtown area. Shortly after his arraignment at Attleboro District Court, the man hired Attorney Anthony R. Riccio to represent him on the criminal charges.
Despite multiple trial dates in 2019 and early 2020, the case remained open as the COVID-19 pandemic began and put a halt to jury trials in Massachusetts for nearly eighteen months. After nearly three years of waiting, the case finally went to trial on September 8, 2021.
At trial, the prosecution called two civilians and one police officer as witnesses. The North Attleboro police officer testified that Attorney Riccio’s client smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and failed a series of field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident. The civilian witnesses testified that the defendant ran a stop sign at four-way intersection thereby causing the two-car accident.
Through effective cross-examination, Attorney Riccio elicited testimony from the civilian witnesses where they both admitted to not remembering much of what happened on the night of the accident. The defense did not call any witnesses during trial but introduced the defendant’s medical records into evidence as proof that he had a preexisting leg injury at the time of the accident.
After only 25 minutes of deliberations, the jury of six returned Not Guilty verdicts on the charges of OUI-Liquor and Operating to Endanger. Attorney Riccio’s client was also found Not Responsible for Failure to Yield/Stop, a civil infraction
If you or a loved one have been charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or any other crime in Massachusetts, contact Riccio Law, LLC here or call (508) 226-4500 to schedule a free case evaluation.