Operating under the influence (OUI) is a common criminal charge in Massachusetts, and it is often the result of a technical infraction rather than a crash. Drivers get pulled over by the police because of their behavior at the wheel. If they admit to drinking too much, fail a field sobriety test or fail a chemical breath test, then the police officer who pulled them over will arrest them.
An OUI conviction could lead to multiple different penalties. Incarceration is possible, as are significant fines. Even if you avoid jail time, there will likely be licensing consequences.
What happens to your driver’s license after an OUI charge in Massachusetts?
Drivers will usually lose their license
You don’t even have to go to court for an OU I to affect your driver’s license in Massachusetts. The state could suspend your license for refusing a chemical test or failing one. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%, you will likely lose your license for 30 days due to the failed test. First-time offenders can sometimes be eligible to avoid this penalty, but it is standard for most drivers.
After your conviction, you will face a longer suspension depending on your driving record. A first OUI will mean a one-year suspension of your license. A second offense will lead to a two-year suspension. A third OUI will cost you your license for eight years. The suspension increases to a full decade for a fourth OUI offense and will potentially last for life after a fifth OUI conviction.
Those with at least one previous OUI offense on their driving record will typically need to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle after they get their license back. That means extra costs and steps just to drive yourself to work.
Fighting against an OUI protects your future and your freedom
Losing your license can be a significant hardship. You may have trouble getting to work or taking care of your family. In some cases, the loss of your driver’s license might also lead to the loss of your job.
Fighting back against OUI charges can help you avoid a criminal record of your license.