Driving home after having a few drinks with co-workers at the local bar or from dinner at a friend’s house in Worcester may have seemed like a good idea at the time. That evening of fun and socializing could turn into a costly decision, however, when you find yourself charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI).
Although a first offense OUI is generally classified as a misdemeanor, you could face felony charges for your actions if you have caused a serious bodily injury or there is a death due to an accident. It is important to note though that even if there is an accident, or your blood alcohol content is above 0.08 during your breath test, it does not become a felony unless one of these two situation has occurred.
Still, a first offense OUI is not without consequences. You could receive up to two and a half years of jail time. You may have to pay a fine of anywhere from $500 to $5000 and will usually have your license suspended for at least a year.
While each case is different, an OUI attorney can often help to negotiate an alternative disposition for first time offenders. As an example, instead of jail time, you could receive probation provided you pay for and participate in an alcohol/drug education program. An OUI attorney could also assist in helping you receive a hardship license so that you can still drive yourself to work or school.
If you are facing a first timeOUI offense, contact us today to schedule an appointment.