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Russell J. Matson

Russell Matson’s Legal Cases

11 total


  • Dorchester DUI Trial November 2009

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Our client was stopped at a road block. The Troopers asked our client to pull over to the side because his eyes were slightly red and glassy and because his speech appeared to be slurred. Once he was pulled off into the parking lot the troopers asked him to perform the Alphabet Test, which the troopers stated he misplaced several letters. Our client was then asked to step outside his vehicle and the troopers noted that he was slightly unsteady on his feet and he smelled of an alcoholic beverage. The Troopers performed the Alphabet test again, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test and the 9-Step Walk and Turn test, which they stated he failed. He was given a breath test and our client blew a .09. A jury found our client not guilty.
  • OUI Drugs Worcester

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    Someone called in an erratic operator on Route 146. The officer spotted our client driving in the high speed lane of the highway and proceeded to follow him. The officer stated that almost immediately our client started to weave between the left and middle lanes as well as the left lane and the edge of the highway. When the officer activated his lights and siren our client stopped right in the left lane, rather than pulling over to the breakdown lane. When the officer approached the open window of the car, he said he immediately smelled the odor of fresh burnt marijuana. Our client immediately told the officer that he knows that he was weaving and it was because he was texting on his phone. The officer noted that our client’s eyes were glassy and that despite the flashlight being directly in our clients face, his pupils were dilated. The officer asked our client to step out of the car and noted that he was unsteady on his feet as the officers searched the car. The officer asked our client to perform 5 Field Sobriety Test, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the 9-Step Walk and Turn test, the One Leg Stand test, the finger to Nose test and the Count Silently to yourself test. The officer stated that our client failed all of the tests. A judge dismissed the case.
  • Westboro District Court Charge: DUI Result: Case Dismissed

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jul 01, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with DUI based on an arrest at a sobriety checkpoint on Route 9 in Westboro, Massachusetts. I filed a motion to suppress the motor vehicle stop. This motion was based on evidence that the police did not comply with the law as it pertains to executing constitutionally permissible roadblocks. The motion to suppress was allowed and as a result, my client’s case was dismissed. The dismissal resulted in the OUI being removed from his driving record and kept his criminal record clean of any conviction.
  • Concord District Court Charge: DUI 1st Offense, Breath Test Result: .17%

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Apr 03, 2012
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty at Jury Trial
    Description:
    Client, a 41-year-old laborer who spoke limited English, was parked in the entrance-way of a church parking lot, asleep inside. The key was in the ignition, but the engine was off. Additionally, there were no lights on inside the car. He was approached by 5 local police officers and removed from the car. He displayed all the signs of alcohol impairment - strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. He admitted to drinking two beers after work. He submitted to a breath test, the results of which were .17, over twice the legal limit. The primary issue at trial was whether he was "operating" the car. The definition of "operation" in Massachusetts is not defendant-friendly. Nevertheless, after two hours of deliberation, he was found Not Guilty.
  • OUI DRUGS (2ND OFFENSE) AND NEGLIGENT OPERATION

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Feb 04, 2013
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    The police officer who pulled him over was the same officer who had arrested him before for OUI drugs. Our client was shaky and extremely unstable on his feet and the officer determined after having him perform and fail the field sobriety tests that he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and charged. Even though there were witnesses in court who observed his erratic driving, Attorney Matson got the case for OUI drugs dismissed and the Negligent Operation was Continued Without a Finding.
  • 3rd Offense DUI

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jan 08, 2013
    Outcome:
    Reduced to 2nd offense, avoided mandatory jail time.
    Description:
    At trial we got the 3rd OUI knocked down to a second with no jail time. A 3rd offense conviction would have resulted in a mandatory 5 months in jail under Mass law.
  • Open and Gross Lewdness

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed after 3 months pretrial probation.
    Description:
    Client was publicly intoxicated and witnessed urinating on the sidewalk with his penis in full view. The police found him sitting on the ground in a puddle swaying back in forth obviously displaying signs of intoxication. He was arrested for Open and Gross Lewdness and transported to jail. At arraignment Attorney Matson was able to get him 3 months of pretrial probation and then the case would be dismissed.
  • Assault and Battery – Records Sealed

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Outcome:
    Case Permanently Sealed
    Description:
    Client, a 22 year-old law student originally hired The Law Office of Russell Matson to represent her on the charge of Assault and Battery. Our firm obtained a dismissal of the charge, so the Client re-hired the firm to petition the court to seal her record. The firm persuaded the court to seal all records of the case.
  • Leaving the Scene of Property Damage - Cambridge

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 14, 2015
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Our client, a 38-year-old male, was charged with leaving the scene and failing to report an accident after hitting another vehicle in the Museum of Science parking lot. After being retained, Attorney Matson expeditiously contacted the relative insurance companies to ensure prompt payment of any claims. This allowed Attorney Matson to present evidence at the Clerk Magistrate’s hearing showing that any damage had been taken care of and that there was no need for a complaint to issue against his client. The Clerk agreed and dismissed the case.
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Dedham

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 24, 2015
    Outcome:
    Dismissed at Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing
    Description:
    Our client a 35-year-old man was witnessed hitting a car in a parking lot and driving off. The witness took down our client’s license plate number and called the police. The police contacted our client who initially denied hitting the car. He later changed his story and said he did back up and hit the car but drove away since there was only minor damage. The police issued a citation summoning him to a clerk’s hearing whereupon attorney Matson persuaded the clerk that since the damage was paid for by insurance and he had no record for it to be dismissed. The clerk agreed and said it would be dismissed after 6 months with no incident.