President Barack Obama’s uncle was arrested for Massachusetts DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol in Framingham, Massachusetts, back in August 2011. Onyango Obama, who is from Kenya, is the half-brother of the president’s late father.
Obama, 67 years old, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence/OUI in Framingham after a police officer remarked that he almost crashed his vehicle into Obama’s SUV. The Framingham drunk driving charge, however, will be dismissed under one condition – that Obama stay out of trouble for 12 months.
Obama, at a hastily scheduled hearing last week, pleaded to what is known as “sufficient facts.” What this means is that, while he doesn’t plead guilty to the Framingham OUI charge, he does, however, acknowledge that Massachusetts has sufficient evidence to convict him of Massachusetts OUI, if the case had proceeded to trial.
As a Massachusetts DUI lawyer, I see cases all the time of people being charged and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Many times, they simply underestimate how many cocktails, beer, or wine they have had. Surprisingly, it doesn’t takae much. Massachusetts drunk driving is a serious criminal offense. The Massachusetts State Police, local police departments and District Attorneys’ offices take this crime very seriously, and prosecute them very aggressively. Due to the justifiable public outrage over the carnage and tragedies on the roads and highways that are caused by alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle accidents, the Legislature has enacted strict Massachusetts drunk driving laws – and the courts enforce them.