DUI / OUI Laws

DUI Laws in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the term DUI and OUI are interchangeable. DUI means driving under the influence, while OUI stands for operating under the influence. In either case, you can trigger severe penalties based on your individual instance. At the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert, we offer criminal defense attorney services to ensure that you can fight any DUI or OUI charge. With practices in Woburn, Winchester, and Burlington, we serve a large area in the state of Massachusetts.

With a DUI or OUI charge, most drivers will not face a maximum penalty. However, a minimum assessment can be costly and require time with additional penalties possible. With a child in the vehicle or if the alcohol level of the individual is higher than the .08%, the penalty will increase. It is important when charged with a DUI that an attorney provides you with legal assistance.

First Offense DUI in MA

If you are a first time offender, you should be able to receive a year of probation, a license suspension, and mandatory drug & alcohol education courses. If you feel that you have been unjustly charged, then an attorney can review your case and help you fight the charges. When you are arrested and charged with a DUI, having the help of the seasoned criminal attorney is beneficial.

In Massachusetts, there are first offense charges, second offense, and third offense charges. Each of these can be fought in court and how the defense will approach your case will vary based on the individual. When you get into the multiple offense categories, you then face a hefty jail sentence and license loss. It is important to have an experienced criminal attorney by your side to help with your case.

DUI Defense Considerations

When it comes to your defense in an OUI case, the route to take will depend on several factors and the individual case. The strength of the prosecutor’s case against you as well as any weaknesses in your case needs to be considered. The prosecutor may rely heavily on the observations of the police officer on the scene, focusing on how you operated the vehicle.

If the incident resulted in an accident, failure to obey traffic laws or how you acted will also come into play. Any sobriety test results will be considered by the prosecution as well. The goal of the prosecutor is to create enough evidence to support that enough alcohol was consumed in order to affect the ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner.

With our help, we will review every aspect of your case and help you to see a reduced sentence or fight unjust charges. In any crime involving an OUI, we can help. Such charges may include:

With our help, we will review every aspect of your case and help you to see a reduced sentence or fight unjust charges. In any crime involving an OUI, we can help. Such charges may include:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs leading to serious bodily injury
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Negligent or reckless behavior when operating a vehicle
  • Refusal to submit to a police officer
  • Child endangerment when operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • And more

Understanding the charges against you and having proper representation will ensure a better outcome in your case. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to begin reviewing your DUI/OUI case.

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