Recently, John Basler, a 25-year-old Massachusetts state trooper, was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of two women from Carver, Massachusetts. Basler is set to face a judge and be arraigned today in Plymouth District Court on OUI charges as well as charges for improper storage of a firearm.
According to investigating police, Basler’s blood-alcohol level was over twice the legal limit to drive in Massachusetts on Sept. 22, 2013 when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision in Plymouth during the early morning hours. The other vehicle was being driven by 64-year-old Susan Macchi, with her 23-year old daughter Juliet Macchi in the passenger seat. Both women died as a result of the fatal accident.
In general, law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard than the average person. Basler was trained and educated on the serious dangers involved in drunk driving and still chose to do so. As a result of these charges, Basler was put on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of this case and it is likely he will face much more severe consequences if he is convicted of OUI-manslaughter.
If Basler intends to fight the case, he will need to be advised by a skilled criminal defense attorney that can properly advocate on his behalf while explaining to him the possible outcomes and penalties that may arise from a criminal conviction. A skilled defense attorney must look into all the elements of this case in order to adequately represent Basler.
In order to convict Basler, the government must prove that he operated a motor vehicle on a public way while under the influence of alcohol. Because the first two elements are not disputed, the main investigation surrounds the third element (while under the influence of alcohol.) First, the defense attorney must look into the accuracy of the blood alcohol level and whether or not those results may be used against Basler in court. Next, they must look into the investigation done by police officers in order to determine whether or not the investigation was done thoroughly and whether or not proper protocol was followed. Though this case appears very simple by the way it has been explained by the media, it is not as cut and dry as it seems to be.
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