Drunk Driving Defense – DUI and OUI
Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or of an controlled substance in Massachusetts is a very serious crime. If you or a family member was arrested due to operating an vehicle while intoxicated, you may depending on whether it’s your first offense or not:
- Have your driving license revoked or suspended for up to two years or even permanently
- You could be required to pay a steep fine, ranging from $500- $50,000
- Jail time ranging from thirty days to five years may also be required
In Massachusetts your blood alcohol content level is tested to determine whether you were driving while under the influence. Blood alcohol level limits are determined by age (21 years of age or under) and whether the individual was operating a commercial vehicle or regular passenger vehicle. Failure to complete a BAC test will result in an automatic OUI.
In all OUI cases we advise that you hire a qualified Massachusetts attorney. Even if you don’t face serious penalties such has jail time or heavy fines you will still have to make a court appearance. In court, you will have to face a judge, the arresting officer and the prosecutor will also be present. A good lawyer who has handled OUI cases will be able to help you get the best possible outcome.
However, if this is not your first offense then you will definitely need to hire an attorney to negotiate possible jail time and fees. Operating a vehicle under the influence with a child in the vehicle is also a serious offense and you can be charged with an OUI, child endangerment and will face other severe penalties. Our firm is also experienced in handling cases of this nature.
MA drivers who have received an OUI in the past may be eligible for a hardship license which is a restricted license that allows you to drive legally. Consult an attorney to review your case and help determine whether you may be able to acquire an hardship license. An attorney can also assist you in filling out necessary forms and acquiring evidence needed to prove eligibility for a hardship driving license.