Bribe a Public Employee MGL c 268A § 2a; Marked Lanes Violation MGL c 89 § 4a; Negligent Operation of MV; MGL c 90 § 24(2)a-Liquor or .08% MGL c 90 § 24(a)1; charges dismissed with a CWOF on OUI charge.
- Steven Topazio wrote this June 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm
The client, a 36-year-old legal advocate, was out celebrating with her husband then returned to a parking garage where her car was parked, and upon exiting the garage crashed into two yellow posts in the garage heavily damaging her car and knocking one of the posts over. The client hired Attorney Topazio to represent her. According to the police report, when the police responded, they viewed video surveillance and observed the crash, then questioned the client who admitting to drinking. The police put the client through several field sobriety exams and arrested the client based on the crash, her statements of consuming liquor, the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth as she spoke, her unsteadiness on her feet, her bloodshot eyes, and her poor performance on the field sobriety exams. The client registered a .19 on a breathalyzer test. While being arrested, the client protested her innocence and offered to pay for the damages she caused in lieu of being arrested and was additionally charged with trying to bribe a public employee. In addition to the additional charges, the police officer suspended the client’s driver’s license as an immediate threat. Attorney Topazio was successful in restoring his client’s driving privileges and in persuading the Commonwealth to dismiss all the charges except the OUI charge and to give his client a continuance without a finding on the OUI charge on the condition that she complete an alcohol education program.