Protecting Your Record From Drunk Driving Charges
Drunk driving charges are officially referred to as operating under the influence (OUI) in Massachusetts. You can be charged with OUI if you are found driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above. Minors under the age of 21 can be convicted with a BAC as low as 0.02. The number of drinks that it takes to reach this level of intoxication can drastically differ from person to person. While difficult to predict, the consequences of OUI charges are severe. If you are charged with OUI, you should contact a Boston OUI defense lawyer to protect your license, finances and record.
Understanding The Consequences Of A Conviction
In 2005, Massachusetts passed what is known as “Melanie’s Law” which increased the severity of potential OUI penalties. Even a first-time offender may face up to 30 months in jail, $2,000 in fines and a suspended license for a year. By a fifth offense, an individual could face five years in jail, $50,000 in fines and permanent license revocation.
Penalties also increase if you are driving with a child under the age of 14 in your vehicle at the time of arrest. In addition to OUI charges, you would also be charged with child endangerment. If convicted, you would spend between 90 days to two-and-a-half years in jail and face fines between $1,000 and $5,000.
OUI Defense Strategies
Do not try to address charges on your own. Due to the potential consequences, you should speak with a capable OUI defense attorney immediately after the incident. Carney, Gaudet & Carney has 40 years of experience developing strong cases for our clients and can offer the qualified legal support you need.
We understand the many factors that are involved in OUI charges and how to support your case. Our firm will work as a team to carefully evaluate the results of your sobriety tests, Breathalyzer test and other surrounding circumstances. We can identify instances of officer misconduct or faulty results that could significantly impact the outcome of your case.
Many of our clients have not had past interactions with law enforcement or the legal system. We will guide you through each phase of your case.
Contact A Boston OUI And Drunk Driving Lawyer
If you are charged with OUI, call 617-404-9683 to schedule a case evaluation with Carney, Gaudet & Carney. You may also contact our Boston office online to secure capable representation. We understand the seriousness of your charges and return all inquiries within 24 hours.