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Man asserts his innocence in DUI case

"Innocent until proven guilty" is one of the fundamental principles of America's justice system. Too often though, in world of fast-paced media and endless opinion exchange, suspects are taken as guilty criminals before they ever have their entitled chance to defend themselves in court. However, in the face of a DUI charge, one New England man is working hard fight this trend and assert his rights.

While the man's case in question will play out in Massachusetts, rather than here in Connecticut, the principles at play apply to all DUI cases. Late last week the Wayland high school baseball coach was arrested and charged with drunk driving, a charge which he plans to fight. "Innocent until proven guilty," he said in response to questions of why he'd resolved to contest the charges.

The 37-year-old man reportedly drove his SUV into oncoming traffic near Wayland late Saturday night, forcing an officer to swerve out of the way and follow in pursuit. After confessing to drinking multiple beers, the high school coach attempted to bargain his way out of field sobriety tests, failed two out of three, and refused to take a Breathalyzer.

No bail was set for the man's release and he is currently preparing a defense before Nov. 26, when he is due back in court. The sentencing that comes attached to his and every other potential DUI conviction is serious and can have lasting repercussions on a career that extend beyond fines and jail time. With a strong, proactive attitude of innocence and an attorney experienced in drunk driving criminal defense, these sort of charges can be either greatly lessened or avoided entirely.

Source: Metro West Daily News, "Wayland baseball coach says he'll fight drunk-driving charge," Norman Miller, Nov. 5, 2012

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