Ignition Interlock Device Laws in Massachusetts: Who Must Use an IID?

Ignition Interlock Devices, or “IIDs,” are essentially personal breathalyzer devices that are intended to prevent a drunk individual from starting a car. An IID is temporarily installed in the motor vehicles of many people recently convicted of OUI so as to require the driver to pass a breath test of their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) before the vehicle will be able to start.

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Massachusetts OUI Penalties Are Changing For First Offenders

It’s well-known that Massachusetts OUI penalties already stand among the tougher sets of consequences in the nation, with the highest maximum potential jail time for first offenders among all U.S. states.  The penalties for a first offense OUI in Massachusetts could potentially include: 

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What Happens When You Get a DUI in Massachusetts During COVID?

The ongoing pandemic has affected nearly every facet of life, including court processes and OUI charges. Navigating an OUI charge in Massachusetts is complicated already, but new COVID protocols can make it even more difficult to manage it on your own. Here is what happens when you get a DUI during COVID, and how an attorney can help.

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How to Defend a Third Offense Under Massachusetts OUI Law

Massachusetts OUI law is very clear on the status of third offenses. Unlike first and second offenses, there is no possible chance of receiving a lenient alternative 24D disposition—even if your first or second convictions are decades old, out of state, or were resolved with a CWOF (Continuance Without a Finding).

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Breath Test Results Aren’t Final. What Can Throw Off a Breathalyzer?

From license suspensions to courtroom evidence, breath test results can have a massive impact on the outcome of OUI charges in Massachusetts. Generally speaking, there are three possible results of a breathalyzer test as pertains to the court: a failed test, a passed test, and a refused test.

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What Happens When a Resident of Another State Gets an OUI in Mass?

Out-of-state residents who are charged with OUI in Mass will have to navigate a few unique legal scenarios. This is partially because of the strict nature of the local OUI laws in Massachusetts—the state with the most potential jail time for first offenders—but also because of how Massachusetts interacts with other states. Let’s break it down.

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How Long Does a First Offense DUI in Massachusetts Stay on Your Record?

It can be frightening to get charged with a first offense DUI in Massachusetts (where it’s locally termed “Operating Under the Influence” or OUI). After all, a drunk driving charge on your record can affect employment opportunities, your driver’s license, and a whole lot more in your personal life. It’s common to wonder how long that OUI first offense will affect you.  

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First DUI Conviction: Is it a Felony or Misdemeanor?

Your first DUI conviction (or OUI conviction in Massachusetts) is most likely considered a misdemeanor. This is because both first and second offenses are categorized as misdemeanors in Massachusetts unless serious circumstances such as death and severe injuries are involved.  Only conviction for a 3rd and subsequent OUI will always result in a felony on your criminal record.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Your First DUI Court Appearance

Your first DUI court appearance in Massachusetts, as in any other state, is the arraignment. This is simply a time to read the charges against you and determine how you would like to plead in your case: Guilty or Not Guilty. Typically, the court will automatically enter a Not Guilty plea on the arraignment date.

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How First DUI / OUI Laws in MA Compare With Other New England States

Knowing the differences between OUI / DUI laws in MA and other states across the country can be challenging. DUI laws (or OUI laws, if you’re in Massachusetts) can be similar from state-to-state, but their differences can significantly affect how a first DUI / OUI is treated.

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