The thought of getting an OUI is an unpleasant one, regardless of the circumstances. However, depending on several factors including criminal history and previous OUIs, punishments can be quite severe, and a conviction could haunt you for years. Read on to learn more about different OUI scenarios and their potential long-term consequences.
To Plea or Not to Plea
If you are charged with OUI, you may be offered a plea bargain. If this plea bargain offers probation instead of jail, your first instinct might be to jump at the opportunity. But beware. Probation for OUI offenses typically lasts longer than a similar jail sentence, and if you violate any of your probation conditions, you may wind up in jail anyhow. If you’ve been charged with an OUI offense, contact a Boston criminal defense lawyer today.
Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)
Another long-term consequence of OUIs in Massachusetts is the installation of an IID. This device forces you to blow into a tube with alcohol-free breath to start your car and to keep it running for an extended period of time. IIDs are even being required for first-time OUIs. And you’ll probably be blow-starting your vehicle for at least a year. It’s not the end of the world, no, but having to blow into your car on a first date may be a bit awkward. Plus, you’ll have to cover the cost of installation, which can be upwards of $1,500.
An OUI is bad enough on its own, but what if you made it even worse by driving with a child in the car, or getting into an accident that resulted in another’s injuries or death? Aggravated charges can lead to longer jail time, and heftier fines. If you have prior OUI convictions and you are driving on a revoked license, you may be looking at felony charges. If your OUI accident resulted in someone’s death, you may be charged with manslaughter. And if you’re driving drunk with a child in the car, child endangerment charges may follow. If you are facing OUI charges, contact a MA criminal defense lawyer today.
Criminal Penalties for OUI in MA
Many factors are considered in determining OUI penalties and fines. However, if you are facing criminal OUI charges, the penalties below may apply to you.
- First offense: License suspension of up to one year, up to $5,000 in fines, and up to two-and-a-half years in jail.
- Second offense: License suspension of up to two years, up to $10,000 in fines, and up to two-and-a-half years in jail.
- Third offense: Felony charge, license suspension of up to eight years, up to $15,000 in fines, and up to five years in prison.
- Fourth offense: Felony charge, license suspension of up to 10 years, up to $25,000 in fines, and up to five years in prison.
Altman & Altman, LLP – OUI Defense Lawyers Serving All of Massachusetts
If you have been charged with OUI, the skilled defense team at Altman & Altman, LLP can help. We have an impressive track record of getting clients’ charges reduced, or dismissed altogether. Our knowledgeable attorneys will analyze the details of your case to determine the most appropriate legal strategy and position you for the best possible outcome. We have been protecting the rights of individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses for more than five decades. It is our goal to keep you out of jail, and to keep your record clean. If you’ve been charged with any type of crime, we can help. Don’t let a mistake ruin your life. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.