Commonwealth v. HallinanAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this case to the district court, holding that the district court erred in denying Defendant's motion to withdraw her admission to sufficient facts.
Defendant admitted to facts sufficient to support a finding of guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (OUI), second offense, after she was informed that a breath test result showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.23 percent. After Defendant was placed on probation and her driver's license was suspended, Defendant moved to withdraw her admission to sufficient facts. The district court denied the motion. The Supreme Court remanded the case, holding (1) Defendants who pleaded guilty to an OUI offense where a breath test had been conducted using an Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer from June 1, 2011 through April 28, 2019 are entitled to a conclusive presumption that the first prong of the Scott-Ferrara test is satisfied; and (2) Defendant was entitled to withdraw her motion to withdraw her admission to sufficient facts.