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What Are OUI Penalties in Massachusetts?

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There is no set penalty for a DUI/OUI. The nature of the offense determines the severity and nature of the punishment. However, all DUI convictions lead to a Registry of Motor Vehicles license suspension. This means that offenders are not allowed to operate a vehicle for a set amount of time. Many cases also result in jail time and hefty fines.

At Jack Diamond Law Offices, we want to help you avoid the inconvenient, costly, and difficult consequences of a DUI conviction. You can contact us today for a free consultation. If we represent you, we will fight aggressively to defend your reputation, your license, and your freedom.

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Penalties for a First Offense

If you are facing your first DUI charge, be encouraged that your penalties will not be as severe as those for a repeat offender.

Some common sentences for a first OUI include:

  • Up to 2.5 years in a House of Correction
  • A fine with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $5,000.
  • License suspension for up to one year
  • Probation with the completion of an alcohol education program paid for by the defendant

All of these penalties are generally negotiable. Even if you are proven guilty, your defending attorney may suggest a lighter sentence. If you accept a plea bargain in your case, you may also merit a lesser penalty. Consequences get harsher depending on your BAC level and the number of times you have been convicted of a DUI. Massachusetts also has a "lifetime lookback" law which means that your previous OUI convictions will never disappear from your record. They will always be taken into consideration for new convictions.

Drivers Under the Age of 21

The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. Drivers younger than that typically face harsher OUI penalties. All of these laws are outlined in the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Section 24. The greatest difference between adult DUIs and under 21 DUIs is the length of license suspension. An underage driver will receive a minimum 180-day suspension, with a maximum of 390 days.

Whenever you are facing an OUI, you need experienced, aggressive representation. Call (617) 925-6772 right now for a free consultation with our firm. We also serve Hingham, Quincy, and Plymouth.