How Strict Are the Massachusetts OUI Laws Compared to Other States?

A 2017 study conducted by WalletHub (and reported on by Marketwatch) ranked Massachusetts as tied for 22nd on the list of strictest DUI laws among U.S. states. This would place Mass in the top half on overall DUI strictness but roughly average in comparison to the rest of the states. According to this list, red states tend on average to be less lenient than blue states, but Massachusetts is among the stricter blue states.

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What Happens When You Get a DUI On a Motorcycle?

You might wonder whether driving drunk on a motorcycle carries the same consequences that it does when you drive a car.  Legally, the laws and consequences are the same when you get a DUI on a motorcycle as they are for any other motor vehicle.  

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Here's How You Can Challenge Your Breathalyzer Test Results

If you have failed a breathalyzer test at a sobriety checkpoint or traffic stop in Massachusetts, then you’ve already incurred an automatic suspension of your license and will soon face drunk driving charges in court.  This is a scary moment for anyone—but don’t panic.

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5 Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer Before Court

One of the scariest aspects of going to court for the average person is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and judges all have expertise in the legal process, but you are the one with legal consequences hanging in the balance.  This can be intimidating.

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Massachusetts OUI Laws, Consequences, and Defenses

Laws in Massachusetts for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) have become more strict and carry harsher penalties since an overhaul of the law in 2002.  This makes it even more important these days to have a basic understanding of your rights, the standards set by the state for OUI, the potential consequences you may face for conviction, and the many possible defenses an attorney may pursue to fight your case.

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What You Should Know About Sobriety Checkpoints in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is legal for law enforcement officers to station themselves at a checkpoint to examine drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment.  These “mobile checkpoints” or “roadblocks” are part of broader efforts by law enforcement to deter drunk driving within Massachusetts borders. Sobriety checkpoints have been controversial for a long time, however, and not all states authorize their use.

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Massachusetts Residents Charged With DUI Out of State

Consider a scenario where you’re away from home, driving around in New York after a night out and are suddenly pulled over by law enforcement, fail a breathalyzer test, and find yourself facing DUI charges. What happens if you get a DUI out of state?

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Marijuana, Opioids, and DUI Law: How Massachusetts Patrols “High” OUIs

With the 2016 passage of “The Regulation and Taxation Marijuana Act,” more questions than answers have been raised about how or even if Massachusetts is able to effectively patrol and penalize the expected increase in drivers who are under the intoxicating influence of THC—or, for that matter, any other non-alcohol drug or substance, such as the opioids that have become a rising crisis in recent years.

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Nonresidents Charged With a DUI in Massachusetts

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Massachusetts but live in another state, you’ll find that MA law will scrutinize your lifetime driving record as carefully and aggressively as it does for its own residents.  Previous DUI convictions from another state can also affect the level of consequences you’ll face, no matter how far away or how long ago they occurred.

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How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record?

Getting a DUI is a scary thing with very real consequences. However, if you’re ever faced a DUI charge, then you’re going to want to know how to handle it and what those consequences will look like. That’s where we can help. With this blog, you can educate yourself on how long a DUI stays on your record, what it means to be convicted rather than just charged, what comes with a charge, and what steps you should take after the fact.

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