In Massachusetts, individuals who are caught driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol can be charged with operating under the influence (OUI). Drivers under 21 can be penalized if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over 0.02%, and those who are over 21 can be penalized if they have a BAC of 0.08% of more. Commercial drivers can be arrested and charged with OUI if they have a BAC of 0.04%.
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Driving under the influence is not taken lightly in Massachusetts. Even one conviction can end in significant fines, jail time, and extensive probationary periods. For your best chance of avoiding these penalties, you should contact a Worcester OUI lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.
If convicted of a first-time OUI offense in Worcester, you can expect the following:
Subsequent DUI / OUI offenses result in harsher penalties. Massachusetts holds to a lifetime lookback period. This means that if you have committed a DUI / OUI offense at any time in the past, it will apply to your case, making any new DUI a subsequent offense. With each conviction, a strong criminal defense becomes even more important.
Penalties for a second OUI include:
A second OUI is generally considered a misdemeanor. If someone was injured as a result of the offense, however, the charge can be elevated to a felony. As with other drinking and driving charges, the circumstances surrounding your arrest can significantly affect your sentencing.
With your third or subsequent OUI offense, charges become far more serious. In fact, conviction in such cases will go on your record as a felony. Our criminal defense lawyer is prepared to do whatever it takes to help fight your felony charges.
Penalties for a third OUI:
State law also issues additional penalties for various, related offenses. These are typically charged in addition to an initial OUI charge and, on conviction, increase the duration and severity of prison sentencing, fines, and more. In some cases, these offenses can lead to automatic penalties.
Conditions affecting penalties for OUI include:
If you are facing OUI charges, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney in Worcester immediately. At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., we care about each individual we represent and will fight hard to help you avoid these serious penalties.
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