The Penalties for OUI in Massachusetts are typically:
Additionally, if you are convicted of OUI with an OUI Suspended License you will face the following penalties:
In almost all OUI arrests, an operator’s license is suspended at the time of arrest for either a breath test reading of .08 percent BAC or above or a refusal to submit to a chemical test. In Massachusetts, a license to operate a vehicle is viewed as a privilege not a right.
It is a condition of possession of a license in Massachusetts that you submit to a chemical test if you have been arrested for OUI. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test after being arrested for OUI, or if one is taken and your blood to alcohol ratio is above the legal limit, your license will be temporarily suspended. In both categories, persons who have had their license suspended, pursuant to an OUI arrest, have a right to an immediate appeal to the RMV for the reinstatement of that license.
This particular appeal deals with strictly technical issues relative to the suspension of the license by the arresting police department and the adherence by that department to the procedures the RMV requires for that suspension. A personal or professional hardship is not a legitimate reason that would allow the RMV to reinstate your license for these two categories of suspensions.
It is important that you have a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer review all of the paperwork relative to our OUI license suspension to determine whether or not you may qualify for reinstatement prior to the disposition of your case.
If you are under 21 and register a BAC or .02 or greater, your license or right to operate will be suspended for 30 days. Also, if you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you will be required to participate in a Youth Alcohol Program (YAP) and serve an additional 180 day suspension.
There are enhanced penalties if you are under 18 and you are arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol. If you are under 18 you will be required to serve an additional one-year suspension and attend the YAP program.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified drunk driving lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local drunk driving attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.