Multiple OUI Offenses in Massachusetts
Brighton OUI Lawyer Provides Ethical & Skilled Advocacy
Multiple charges and convictions for operating under the influence (OUI) result in greater penalties than first-time OUI offenses. If you have already been through the OUI process, then you may know what to expect, but you still need to retain the representation of a trusted attorney.
It is important that you act quickly though — you may be feeling the repercussions of a OUI offense already, such as suspended driving privileges. At Russell Defense Firm, Adam is proud to assist his clients in defending their rights and freedoms and can ensure that you are actively defended against harsh penalties and unfair treatment.
Penalties for Offenders with Multiple OUI Convictions
If this is your second or third OUI offense, you may be subject to an increase in penalties.
A second offense OUI is punishable by 60 days in jail, all but 30 suspended, up to 2 1/2 years max in jail. It is not a felony punishable by state prison time. Your license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for 2 years, and you may be eligible for a hardship license for school or work purposes (12 hour window) after the first year with an ignition interlock required for 2 years more than the original revocation period. G.L. c. 90, Section 24. The period of time a person is in jail does not count toward the period of revocation or time until eligibility for a hardship. Regardless of when the hardship is granted, the operator shall have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle for a period of 2 years in addition to the original revocation of 2 years. A second offense OUI can be a prohibition from military service, professional licensing, and carries immigration consequences.
A Third offense OUI is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 180 days in jail, all but 150 days suspended, and up to 2 /12 years max in the house of corrections. A person convicted of OUI on 3 separate occasions shall have his or her license revoked for 8 years and shall be eligible for a work or school (12 hour window only) hardship after 2 years from the date of revocation. A general hardship is available after 4 years. Time spent in jail does not count towards the period of revocation or period until eligibility for a hardship. All persons with this type of hardship license must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle for the entire 8 year period of revocation, plus an additional 2 years, resulting in a best case scenario of 10 years worth of driving restrictions.
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When you are facing serious drunk driving penalties, you need to contact Russell Defense Firm as soon as possible. Adam Russell has the experience and knowledge of Massachusetts laws pertaining to OUI offenses that you need in order to obtain a positive case outcome. When you choose to retain Russell Defense Firm, Adam can immediately begin conducting an independent investigation on your behalf and can ensure that your rights were never infringed upon during or after your arrest.
If you have been arrested for a OUI and it is not your first offense, you need to contact his office right away and retain trusted legal representation from the firm. Adam proudly provides free case evaluations to all potential clients, so do not hesitate to schedule yours now!