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As a life long area resident and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who has spent four or five days each week in area courts I can honestly say I know this community well. As a Criminal Lawyer and specialist in OUI I truly enjoy working relentlessly for you! This blog is a way to share some of what I have learned and to give you a chance to get to know me. If you have a legal issue feel free to call my office. If I cannot help you I will be glad to refer you to a suitable attorney. Relentlessly yours- Dan

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Amherst Lawyer: Dan Sandell on OUI

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OUI Attorney Checklist

Being arrested for Operating under the influence can be a traumatic experience. The area of law surrounding OUI arrests has become very specialized over the past decade and it is extremely important that you have an attorney whom you feel comfortable with as well as being confident in their abilities to represent you throughout the court process. Below is a list of questions that I feel is appropriate to ask any attorney before retaining them for an Operating under the influence case. I have also provided my own answers to these questions for you:


What portion of your practice is dedicated to criminal defense?

90% of my practice is dedicated to representing criminal defendants in district courts across the Commonwealth.


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Search and Seizure Checklist

A skilled defense lawyer who has years of experience in criminal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and should be able to look over and review with you the issues surrounding:

  • How did the police first come into contact with you?
  • How and Why did the police stop or seize you?
  • Did the police exceed the scope of their search?
  • What did they seize and can it be returned to you?
  • Did you consent to a search and was your consent valid?
  • Did you give a statement to the police and how was it obtained?
  • Were you given your Miranda Rights, where and when were they given to you ?
  • Were you propertly administered a Breathalyzer Test and informed of your rights regarding the Breathalyzer test?
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