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Bishop McManus of the Worcester Diocese was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The weird part about this was that it’s hardly even being considered a scandal. He’s not resigning and it’s all going to be forgotten about within the next couple of weeks. Surely this wouldn’t be happening if he was selling drugs or assaulted someone. Why is that?
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a really stupid idea. Whenever you go out you should always have a designated driver or take a cab because you’re putting other people in danger and it’s really selfish.
With that being said DUI’s are still by far the most common crime committed by the white collar crowd. Hardly anyone reading this can say with a straight face that they’ve never gotten behind the wheel of a car with a Blood Alcohol Content of over .08. If you haven’t then give me a call because I’d love to party with you sometime.
Courts don’t f*** around with DUI either. In Massachusetts if you refuse to take a BAC test then you automatically lose your license for six months. Have fun with that. Pretty much everyone knows someone who’s had one DUI. Anything more than that though is just trashy. The only people you see getting multiple DUI’s are white trash from Oxford and Webster who will be coming to Worcester more often once the slot parlor is built.
So when people do get a DUI, who do they call? The first thing you need is a great lawyer. If you call the right guy or gal you can come out of this embarrassing ordeal unscathed. If you call the wrong person then you’ll end up with the minimum 30 day sentence. Either way it’s going to cost you a lot of money so you probably want to spend your money wisely.
That brings us to our Top 5 list of the day. Who are the Top 5 DUI attorney’s in Worcester?
5. Gregory Casale
Casale has over 15 years of experience in DUI’s and has helped over 1,000 clients get through this. He does lots of different types of cases, and roughly 25% of them are for DUI’s. He recently won the Excellent Attorney Award for 2013, and has an average client rating of 8.7 out of 10. He recommends pulling your car over and taking a nap if you are drunk behind the wheel, but urges you to take the keys out of the ignition to avoid arrest. He has gotten hundreds of drunks off the hook, particularly those that refuse breathalyzers. Here is an example:
“Westboro District Court. In this case the 25 year old male was stopped by local police on Route 9 for speeding. The Officer reported observations of a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot and glassy eyes. The Officer deemed that the Defendant failed a variety of field sobriety tests. Our client was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI) and Speeding. At trial, Attorney Casale obtained a verdict of Not Guilty and upon Attorney Casale’s motion, the judge ordered our client’s license to be reinstated, despite his refusal to take the Breath Test.”
Need more convincing? Here’s his girlfriend. You don’t get a woman with a body like that if you’re some Joe Schmo lawyer off the street. Give this guy a call when you’re in trouble.
4. Michael Erlich
Erlich is one of the savvy veterans of the OUI defense world. He can work magic in the courtroom. While others may be inclined to take plea deals for second and third OUI offenses, this is where Erlich separates himself from the rest. Check out this satisfied client’s story for his 3rd OUI…..
“I was on my way home from my girlfriends sisters house after having a meal and sharing a bottle of wine . We had started to watch a movie afterwards and fell asleep. I woke up startled as to what happened and being late for my overtime at work which was midnight. It was now around 1:am. I had stopped for gas in Webster and procceeded down RT 12 to Worcester. My regular shift time is 2:am so I had plenty of time to go home and change. As I drove along RT 12 in Oxford I was folllowed by a state trooper after exit 5. He followed me for over three miles before pulling me over. He got out and asked me what exit I had gotten off of ? puzzeled as to what he was asking me continued to accuse me of driving the wrong way on interstate 395. He said he was dispatched because of numerous calls of a wrong way driver on 395.Knowing I was being profiled when being followed and having two DUI’s in the past did not make things pretty at that time of the morning. He asked if I had been drinking which I said yes earlier in the evening at dinner at around 7:pm. Then he asked if I was on 395 and I said yes on my way to Webster at 5:pm. He started to ask what exit I got off of again and that’s when I new I was being accused of being the other guy. He asked if I would do a field sobriety and chemicai test which I refused. I was arrested for DUI , driving to endanger ,speeding , and marked lane violation. Wow what to do ? I was refferred to attorney Michael Erlich who I was told is one of the best at criminal law defence. I found attorney Michael Erlich to be friendly, personal, and understanding of your situation and of the law reguarding your case. I had numerous continuences two for me ,one for the trooper, and three for no courtroom availibility. Attorney Michael Erlich had put a lot of time into this case and after 19 months of waiting for my jury trial came out with a not guilty of third offence DUI. Guilty of the other charges with two years probation and classes to take . I found Michael to be well groomed and polished in his craft A great animated speaker in your defence and knowledgible of the laws and how both sides are played. I highly recomened this gentlemen to represent you. Thank you Michael for all you’ve done to help me ! Bravo !!!”
First of all, this guy justifies everything I’ve made fun of about Oxford and Webster. Secondly, everything he’s saying is absolute bulls***. No one in Webster drinks anything but Budweiser so there’s no way he was drinking wine. Secondly Route 12 is just a regular road, so it has no exits. This guy is obviously a danger to all of us, but luckily Michael Erlich has kept his drunk ass out on the roads.
Then there’s this gem….
“Michael Erlich is a extreemly good atturney, in the fact that he knows the laws as well as reading people. my case was not an easy one to fight seeing that i took a breathalizer with a .16 result. As the plea aggrements crossed the table i passed them up knowing that i had a good guy representing me. Against the odds for succsess in this case we went ahead to jury trial. Waching and listening to atturny Erlich conduct himself as a true proffesional in front of the DA, Juge, and Jury was reasuring that i had made the right choice. thruout the trial mike had a calmness about him that was right for case. The opening and closing statements put every one at ease especially me, and the cross examination was done with pin point accuracy that made lite of the possitives during my arrest. When the jury came out from deliberating it was the most nerve rattling moment of my life. when the jurror started with the first not guilty it was hard to contain myself and apon leaving the courtroom atturny Erlich shook my hand and congradulated me, but not without me congradulating him. He won it he did all the work i just hired the best guy for the job. Thanks again.”
How many words can you possibly misspell in one client review? And .16 is pretty high dude. It’s not like .09 where you can say you had three beers over a couple hours. A BAC of .16 means you were partying relatively hard. My favorite part is how he says Erlich pinpointed his “made lite of the positives” during his arrest. I’m not sure what that means but I’m assuming that the dude said several hilarious things in a drunken stooper that Erlich was able to get the jury to laugh out. Basically telling the jury, “Look my client is a dumbass, but he provides comic relief so you should feel bad for him.”
3. James Milligan
All of the other attorney’s on this list do a number of different types of cases. Not Milligan though. He’s exclusively DUI, so he has to get consideration for being the top guy. He carries a 10 out of 10 client review rating and is known to eat lunch with judges and court employees. According to his website, “Attorney Milligan is a seasoned and experienced drunk driving lawyer who handles more drunk driving cases a year in Massachusetts than most attorneys do in their career.” Take that rookies. But don’t just listen to Milligan’s website alone. Here is what one of his client’s had to say…
“Upon finding myself facing a conviction for a DUI 2nd offense, I needed to find the best DUI defense against these charges. I did extensive research interviewing multiple DUI Attorneys, and determined that Attorney Milligan was without any question, the Attorney I should hire. This was the best decision I ever made, as the Jury found me NOT GUILTY after only 20 minutes. I failed two field sobriety test, was unsteady on my feet, smelled of alcohol, and my eyes were blood shot. The State had a Civilian witness and a State Trooper testifying that I was all over the road.”
This made me laugh out loud. This guy is proud of how hammered he was and got away with it. Gotta love those Carter-appointed judges. He failed every test he was given, couldn’t stand up, reeked of booze, had bloodshot eyes, and had both a cop and civilian testify about how hammered he was when he was driving. Not Guilty.
The downside of Milligan is that his offices are in Norwell and he’s very expensive. Otherwise he’d likely be ranked #1.
2. Anthony Salerno
Salerno is a mainstay at the Worcester Courthouse. He’s got 27 years worth of experience, and perhaps more importantly was a Massachusetts State Trooper and Detective for 10 years previous to going into law. The value of this cannot be understated. Besides all of the connections you would make in law enforcement, his experience as a trooper no doubt gives him intimate knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of law enforcement. He’s won multiple awards including a 2000 Honorary Criminal Law Instructor, awarded by the Massachusetts State Police. Ya got that? He teaches cops how guys like him poke through weaknesses in their reports. That is the type of lawyer you want on your side. Everyone else is afraid to cross the police. This guy SCHOOLS them. Here’s what a client had to say….
“This was my first OUI and Tony was there to take my call on a Saturday afternoon and again on a Sunday. He met with me right away, assessed my case, and gave me clear and experienced guidance to the approach we should take. He met with me before my trial and prepared me for the day while giving comfort and reassurance through his knowledge of the process. On the day of the trial he quickly assessed the court environment, confirmed with me he had the right strategy, and executed on it to perfection…a not guilty verdict! I would recommend Tony for his experience, professionalism, knowledge, confidence, and network of relationships in the court and the police. It was a pleasure working with him!”
Not only is reachable on the weekends, he’s also got a network of relationships in the court and police. Not guilty.
1. Michael Monopoli
In Worcester, Monopoli is like the godfather of DUI lawyers. First of all, bad ass name. When you go to court with a guy named Monopoli defending you, you can walk into the courtroom guilty as sin and know with full confidence that you’re going to leave there with the best deal possible. He has been doing this for 38 years, and roughly 40% of his cases involved DUI. According to his website, “At one point or another, we have addressed every type of O.U.I. issue imaginable.”
Monopoli is always in the Telegram and Gazette getting people off of obvious DUI violations. For instance, in 2009 a lad named Ryan Townsend, was cocked and drove right past the guards at the Assumption College gate. He almost hit several pedestrians before finally pulling over and nearly hitting a parked car. He then got out of the car, stumbled everywhere and declared to the Assumption College Officer that he had been drinking at a party.
Oh yea, and that’s not all. According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, “It was the second time he had been charged with driving under the influence. The first, on Jan. 6, 2007, happened after the car he was driving allegedly struck and cracked a utility pole in Auburn. His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, according to the police report on file at court. Mr. Townsend had two passengers in the car and admitted that facts were sufficient for a finding of guilty. He lost his license for 210 days, and charges, which also included negligent driving, were continued without a finding and then dismissed.”
And how did Monopoli get him out of this one? He found a loophole. Turns out that since Assumption College has a guarded entrance, the roads inside the campus are not considered a public way. Therefore he is exempt from Massachusetts State Law on those roads. Presumably he could have struck and killed someone and had the same verdict. This of course makes perfect sense.
A quick look at Mr. Townsend’s Facebook page don’t really show much remorse or desire to stop getting shitcocked and driving around like a maniac. Pretty much every picture on his Facebook involves him holding a drink and looking hammered. Like this one, which was put up on December 18, 2009…THE EXACT SAME DAY HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!
It’s like….come on man….you gotta keep a low profile for a little bit. Even after OJ killed his wife and got found not guilty he at least pretended to look for the real killers of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Donate money to MADD or do something that doesn’t make you look like a total dooshnozzle.
With pictures like this, is there really any doubt who the king of DUI defense is? If you’ve got an extra $8,000 lying around, and you’re a degenerate repeat offender, give Michael Monopoli a call. He’s got your back.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Am I omitting any deserving OUI attorneys?
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