Drunk driving charges of any kind are serious, and Massachusetts drivers accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face serious penalties if convicted. However, there are certain factors that could make the stakes even higher, increasing the penalties associated with your OUI, specifically the length of the license suspension.
The cost of a criminal conviction is high, no matter the details of your individual case. Whatever you are up against, you would be wise to take your situation seriously and fight for the best possible outcome for your individual situation. When charged with an OUI, it is prudent to take quick action to build a strong defense.
What you can expect from your OUI
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in serious penalties. However, under certain circumstances, the severity of your OUI can increase, resulting in lengthier license suspensions. Some of the factors that may change the nature of your OUI charge include:
- OUI while driving on a suspended license for previous OUI: This charge can result in a license suspension of one year.
- OUI with a child 14 years old or younger in the vehicle: This will result in a license suspension for three years, and in order to have the license reinstated, you will have to pass an exam and road test.
- OUI while causing serious bodily injury: Your license suspension will last for a period of two years, but you will have to take a test and pass a road exam in order to get your license back.
Losing your right to drive for any amount of time is frustrating, and it can have a significant impact on your life. It can hinder your ability to get to work, school and even transport your children where they need to go. From your license suspension to fines and jail time, the consequences of an OUI are steep. Thankfully, a conviction is never your only option.
The strong defense you need and deserve
Fighting back against criminal charges of any kind is not an easy process. If you are unsure of where to start or what your options include, you would be wise to start simply by seeking an evaluation of your case.
You have the right to a defense, a right to fight the charges against you and a right to protect your right to drive, but you do not have to do it alone.