Is it possible to defend against drunk driving charges?

A drunk driving charge comes with serious potential penalties, as well as the stigma that often accompanies this type of criminal charge. If arrested for DUI, OUI or DWI, it is important to take quick action to both protect your rights and build a strong defense.

It is possible to defend yourself against any type of drunk driving charge, and in certain cases, it may even be possible to mitigate potential penalties or have the charges dropped altogether. Even if it is your first arrest for DUI in Massachusetts, you would be wise to take these charges seriously and react appropriately.

Penalties for drunk driving in Massachusetts

Massachusetts state law takes drunk driving very seriously. The consequences can cause a major disruption in your life and may include the following:

First-time OUI/DUI penalties:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines ranging from $500 to $5,000
  • Suspension of driver's license for one year

Second-time OUI/DUI penalties:

  • Imprisonment for at least 60 days
  • License suspension for two years
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device when license is reinstated

Third-time OUI/DUI penalties:

  • Imprisonment for at least 180 days, but potentially for as long as five years
  • Fines ranging between $1,000 and $15,000
  • License suspension for eight years
  • Cancellation of vehicle registration for the duration of license suspension

Fourth-time OUI/DUI penalties:

  • Imprisonment ranging from two years to five years
  • Fines as high as $25,000
  • License suspension for 10 years
  • Possible confiscation of vehicle
  • Possible cancellation of vehicle registration

Fifth-time OUI/DUI arrest penalties:

  • Imprisonment for two or more years
  • Fines as high as $50,000
  • Lifetime revocation of driver's license
  • Possible cancellation of vehicle registration
  • Possible forfeiture of vehicle

These penalties have the ability to change the direction of your life, in addition to the potential damage done to any pending custody case and to your personal reputation.

A strong future after a criminal charge

Do not face a drunk driving charge alone. With the right help, you can effectively defend yourself and work to fight the damage that a conviction can cause. You have the right to question the charges against you and seek the best possible outcome to your case. An experienced defense attorney is your best ally in this process.

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