OUI Attorney in Brockton

Accused of Drunk Driving in Massachusetts?

Operating under the influence (OUI) of drugs or alcohol is a very serious offense, and following an arrest, you could be facing extremely harsh penalties. Throughout the Commonwealth, law enforcement officers have made it a priority to ensure that roadways are safe and the public are not put at risk by an intoxicated driver.

While their diligence has paid off, there are times when wrongful accusations and overzealous police investigations result in innocent individuals being placed under arrest. If you have been charged with OUI, a criminal defense lawyer from South Shore Criminal Defense may be able to help.

Penalties for Operating Under the Influence

After an arrest, prosecutors will act quickly to ensure that you receive the highest amount of penalties available for your case. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, the penalties you may be facing will vary; however, you can except to see similar punishments to the following:

First-Time Offense

  • Up to 1 year of license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol awareness program
  • Up to 30 months in jail
  • Minimum $500 in fines, maximum $5,000

Second-Time Offense

  • Mandatory interlock ignition device installed in your vehicle
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • License suspension for 2 years (may be eligible for a hardship license after the first year)
  • Up to 30 months in jail

Third-Time Offense

  • License suspension for 8 years (may receive a hardship license after 2 years)
  • Fines up to $15,000
  • Interlock ignition device installed in your vehicle
  • Jail for up to 5 years

Other factors to take into consideration include the amount of alcohol in your system, whether the driver was underage, whether there were passengers in the vehicle who were minors, or if the arrest was the result of an injury-causing or fatal accident. To learn more about your particular situation and what penalties you could be facing, it is always important that you work with an attorney.

Work with South Shore Criminal Defense today!

After an arrest in Plymouth, Hingham, Quincy or a surrounding area, or if you've received Notice of a clerks-magistrate hearing, it is absolutely essential that you take the time to speak with an attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and defend your freedom. The attorneys of South Shore Criminal Defense have more than two decades of combined legal experience and have assisted countless clients with obtaining favorable outcomes for their cases. They will take the time to get to know you and your charges so that they can develop a personalized strategy to help obtain the best possible outcome for your case. They can even represent you at any subsequent Registry of Motor Vehicles hearing.

You should never feel alone or face the Massachusetts legal system without an experienced legal professional on your side. Immediately following an arrest, contact a South Shore Criminal Defense attorney. Get started by completing a free case evaluation form now!

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