Receiving a DUI charge can be very scary. Massachusetts takes the offense of driving while intoxicated seriously and enforces harsh penalties to deter drivers from committing the same mistake twice. However, it is possible to be charged with multiple DUIs, so understanding the laws concerning these circumstances is important.
The state of Massachusetts dictates that any prior OUI/DUI convictions remain on an individual's record for good. This means that any previous OUI/DUI charges can be counted against you if you are charged with subsequent DUI/OWI offenses.
Unfortunately, prior OUI/DUI convictions on your record can make later penalties much more serious. The jail sentence you receive may increase significantly, as can any fines or license suspensions. For a first offense, the court will determine your jail term based on the circumstances. For a second offense, you may receive up to 30 days in jail and a third offense may require up to five months. Regardless of how many OUI/DUI convictions you have received, interlock ignition devices are mandatory for all convictions.
Why You Should Fight Your Charges
Because of Massachusetts' laws regarding prior OUI/DUI convictions, fighting your charges can be extremely beneficial. Securing the legal counsel and assistance of a DUI attorney who understands proceedings for such an offense is worthwhile in almost all cases.
If you are currently facing a OUI/DUI arrest with prior convictions already on your record, Flanagan & Associates can help. With more than a decade of experience fighting for criminal justice, I can provide the representation and aggressive defense you need. As a Quincy DUI attorney, I am passionate about defending your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case.
Don't wait! Contact Flanagan & Associates today for the personalized counsel you need.