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(Oui) DUI Defense


Massachusetts Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer

The outcome of your OUI(DUI) charges will very likely depend upon the experience and knowledge of the drunk driving defense lawyer you hire to defend you. That is the simple fact in Massachusetts. The penalties for a conviction for DWI or a DUI accident range from a relatively minor community service all the way to prison time, heavy fines, and a long-term suspension of your driver's license. An OUI(DUI) defense attorney with extensive courtroom experience and the confidence to fight for your freedom and rights will be your biggest asset.

Learn more about OUI(DUI) defense at my Criminal Defense FAQ Page

I am OUI(DUI) defense attorney Kenneth van Colen of the Law Office of Kenneth D. van Colen, in Fall River, Massachusetts. For more than fifteen years I have been in court, defending people vigorously to help them get their charges dismissed or reduced to a penalty that is best for their personal and family circumstances. I understand how scared you and your family probably are right now. Legal difficulties like a failed breath test, a drunk driving accident, or any drug or alcohol-related driving arrest can happen to good people. I know it, and I never let the prosecutors forget it. Putting you in jail or preventing you from driving to your job doesn't do you, your family, or society any good. I do everything I can to make sure it doesn't happen.

Contact my office in Fall River, Massachusetts, to talk with me about my record as a former assistant prosecutor and how my courtroom experience and confidence can be an advantage.

My OUI(DUI) defense includes representation for related matters such as:

  • Motions to drop or reduce charges
  • Challenge field sobriety and breath test results
  • Speeding, reckless driving, and related charges
  • Driver's license suspensions, DMV administrative hearings
  • Record expungements, clear your driving record
  • All related criminal charges

If you have been charged with OUI(DUI), time is not on your side. Call now.

If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, you need OUI(DUI) defense that will make a difference to your future. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation about how I can use my trial experience to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. Waiting won't solve anything. Start protecting your rights and your future right now.

Kenneth D. van colen, esq.

Fall River MA Criminal Defense Lawyer Kenneth van Colen


Upon graduating with honors from Suffolk University Law School, in Boston, Massachusetts, I landed a position as the Assistant District Attorney for Bristol County. As an assistant D.A., I handled a wide variety of criminal cases, and I learned how the system works from State’s point of view. I gained invaluable courtroom experience, and I built mutually respectful relationships with my fellow colleagues - lawyers and judges alike.

Moreover, I came to understand how and why cases are dismissed or, in the alternative, why they proceed to trial. There can be no doubt that this knowledge has made me better a defense attorney.

Firm History and Philosophy

After five years as a D.A., I decided to open my own practice so that I could better serve my clients. Since 1997, I have proudly offered high quality legal advice and representation to the residents of Fall River, Massachusetts, including the metropolitan areas of New Bedford, Taunton, Attleboro, and Plymouth.

As your family law, criminal defense, or personal injury attorney, I will take very seriously the fact that you are likely facing legal difficulties that could have an enormous impact on the rest of your life. Likewise, I will take the time necessary to ensure that your problems are solved to the fullest extent that the law allows.

My promise to you includes:

  • Aggressively representing you and your interests.
  • Giving you the attention and the time you need to speak with me.
  • Educating you on the law and how it applies to your case.
  • Promptly communicating with you on all aspects of your case

It is my hope that when you come to me for advice or representation in the areas of criminal, family, or personal injury law, you will leave feeling reassured, educated and in control.

Areas of Practice: 

Child Support
Criminal Law
Custody & Visitation
Family Law
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Traffic Violations

Bar Admissions:

U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1993


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
Honors: Cum Laude

Southeastern Massachusetts University (U-Mass Dartmouth), Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Honors: Cum Laude 
Major:  Computer Science

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Instructor, Newbury College, 1994 - Present
Faculty Assistant, Prosecutors Program, National College of District Attorneys, Houston, TX, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Bristol County Bar Association, 1997 - Present

Bristol County Bar Advocates, 2002 - Present
Member, Board of Directors

Bristol County Bar Advocates, 2005
Vice President

Bristol County Bar Advocates, 2005 - Present

Fall River Bar Association, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions:

Bristol County D.A. Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1992 - 1997

Law Office of Kenneth S. Mello, Associate, 1997 - 1998

General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Member, Legal Department, 1991