OUI Penalties

Penalties for OUI in Massachusetts

A conviction for drunk driving can result in serious consequences. The penalties you face depend on a range of factors, including the number of OUIs you have had and the results of any blood or breath tests. An experienced OUI defense lawyer can help you understand the penalties you may be facing and work for a dismissal or reduction in penalties in your case.

I am defense attorney Kenneth van Colen. With more than 15 years of experience, I can answer your questions about OUI/DUI charges and provide you with a vigorous defense in Massachusetts. Contact me at The Law Offices Burke, Espinola, & van Colen, in Fall River, Massachusetts, for a free consultation to discuss your case.

OUI/DWI/DUI Penalties in Bristol County

With every OUI conviction, you face jail time, fines and the suspension of your license. The penalties vary, however, depending on the number of previous convictions you have:

  • First offense: As a first-time offender, you face up to two and a half years in jail, fines from $500 up to $5,000, and a one-year license suspension. For first offenses, however, there are alternate dispositions available.
  • Second offense: With a second conviction, you face a minimum of 60 days in jail and up to two and a half years incarceration. Additionally, you could face $600 to $10,000 in fines and a two-year license suspension. You will also have an ignition interlock device placed on your car; there are alternative dispositions also.
  • Third offense: With your third conviction, it is a felony offense. You face a minimum of 150 days and up to five years in prison, $1,000 to $15,000 in fines, and the loss of your license for eight years. An ignition interlock device will also be placed on your car.
  • Subsequent offenses: As with previous convictions, the fines, prison time and license suspensions increase drastically with each offense. Three or more convictions will result in a felony with increased minimum prison terms, and all repeat offenders are required to have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle.

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