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Operating Under the Influence (OUI/DUI)
1st Offense Penalties
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Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive criminal defense attorney with experience in defending drunk driving charges.  If you are facing OUI charges, It is important that you speak with a criminal defense attorney who understands the complexity of our legal system so that you may be properly informed of the consequences that you may face which can include long suspension of your driver's license for refusing to take the breathalyzer to imprisonment if you are convicted. 

What You Should Know​

Consequence of 1st Offence Penanties for Operating Under the Influence (OUI/DUI)

If you are convicted of Operating Under the Influence you are subject to: 
•Jail: Not more than 2 1/2 years House of Correction 
•Fine: $500-$5,000 
•License suspended for 1 year; work/education hardship considered in 3 months; general hardship in 6 months

Breath Test Refusal - (1st Offense OUI)

Just for refusing the breath test after an arrest, your license is immediately suspended for 180 days, before you even have appeared in court.

You May Qualify for an Alternative Disposition if you are a 1st time Offender

•Pay a number of fines and court fees (over $2500 in total), as well as take a hit to your insurance.
•Unsupervised probation for one year.
•Mandatory participation in 16 week (1 hour) alcohol-drug education (DAE) program paid for by defendant. 
•License suspended for 45 to 90 days (not including any penalty for breath test refusal)
•License suspension is 210 days for drivers under age 21.
•You may be eligible for a hardship license right away, in most cases.
•Plead to Continuance without a Finding also known as a "CWOF". 

What is the Benefit of getting a CWOF?

Unlike a guilty plea, a continuance without a finding (CWOF) is not considered a conviction (except for immigration purposes).  Therefore if you are asked you if you "Have ever been convicted of a crime?", the truthful answer is no. A plead to a CWOF means that you agree that there are sufficient facts to establish your guilt. However, it also will absolutely count as a prior offense or probation violation if you get in trouble with the law again.

Consequences of Convictions for Operating Under the Influence
1st Offense Penalties for OUI/DUI Conviction
2nd Offense Penalties for OUI/DUI Conviction
3rd Offense Penalties for OUI/DUI Conviction
4th Offense Penalties for OUI/DUI Conviction

Legal Resources  Massachusetts Law About Drunk Driving

Massachusetts General Laws
Mass. Gen. Laws  Ch.90, sec.24: Drunk Driving
Mass. Gen. Laws  Ch.90, sec.24D: Probation, alcohol education, alcohol treatment
Mass. Gen. Laws  Ch.90, sec.24I-24X: Additional drunk driving provisions. 
Mass. Gen. Laws  Ch.90, sec.24-1/2 Ignition Interlock Devices

Massachusetts Regulations
501 CMR 2: Safe Roads (Breath Testing)
540 CMR 25: Ignition Interlock Devices


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