MGL c.90 s.24

In Massachusetts, intoxicated driving charges are covered under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, Section 24. In short, the law states that any person who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .08% will be charged with drunk driving. Blood alcohol content may be tested using a chemical test: blood, breath, or urine.

The law also includes those who are suspected of driving while under the influence of the following drugs:

  • Marijuana
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Depressants
  • Stimulants

If the arresting officer is not a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove the suspect's impairment to a court.

Penalties for Violating MGL c.90 s.24

Those who violate Massachusetts' OUI law may incur serious penalties upon a conviction.

First Offense

  • Fines between $500-$5,000
  • Imprisonment for up to 2 ½ years
  • $250 Assessment Fee
  • License suspension for a year
  • Treatment Program

Second Offense

  • Fines between $600-$10,000
  • Imprisonment for 30 days to 2 ½ years
  • License suspension for 2 years
  • Treatment Program
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Third Offense

  • Fines between $1,500-$25,000
  • Imprisonment for 150 days-5 years
  • License suspension for 8 years
  • Treatment Program
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Fourth Offense

  • Fines between $1,500 and $25,000
  • Imprisonment for 1-5 years
  • License suspension for 10 years
  • Treatment Program
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Penalties for any subsequent violations will result in permanent license suspension, and huge fines. It is also important to note that a refusal of a chemical test will result in an automatic license suspension.

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