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MGL C.90 S.24

Posted by Adam Russell | Sep 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

Contact Russell Defense Firm

Have more questions about your charges under MGL c.90 s.24? Get in touch with a Brighton criminal defense attorney that understands how to defend your charges! Russell Defense Firm have successfully handled a number of OUI cases, and will be able to take on yours as well. Contact the firm today by calling or filing out a case evaluation form. Russell Defense Firm proudly serves the entire Boston metro area!

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Adam C. Russell is a battle tested criminal defense lawyer. He has earned a reputation of getting results for repeat offenders. Russell Defense Firm uses an independent investigation designed to prove your side of the story in court. BREATHALYZER LAWYER An experienced chemical breath test lawye...


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