OUI vs. DUI: What’s the Difference?

Facing an OUI or DUI charge is a stressful experience for everyone. Not only do you need to build a defense with a lawyer, but you’ll also want to become well acquainted with the charges you’re facing. In Massachusetts, however, you may find yourself confused about the difference between OUI and DUI charges—and you wouldn’t be the only one!

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The 6 Questions You Need to Ask Your OUI Lawyer Before Your Court Date

Don’t go into a consultation with an OUI lawyer unprepared.  Bring a list of questions like the ones below, which are essential to address before you get to court:

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Are Multiple OUI Charges a Felony?

If you’ve been arrested and charged with OUI—even if it’s your second offense—you will most likely be facing misdemeanor OUI charges in Massachusetts.  There would need to be additional circumstances in the case for the state to impose felony OUI charges.

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How to Handle a Second OUI Charge in Massachusetts

  Facing an OUI charge in any state is a stressful experience. Facing a second OUI charge in Massachusetts—the strictest state in the US in terms of jail time for OUI/DUI conviction—can be an especially daunting thing to face. 

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Can You Go to Jail for a Second DUI Charge?

A second DUI charge is a serious matter, but the outcome of your case is not set in stone.  With the proper defense, you’ll have a better chance to avoid jail time—even for a second DUI.

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How Much Jail Time for Second DUI Convictions is There?

A second DUI charge is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts (unless there is some escalating factor). This means, under normal circumstances, there is no risk of going to a federal or state prison. However, defendants still face the possibility of local jail time for second DUI convictions.

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Should You Fight Your Second OUI Charge?

It’s almost always beneficial to fight a second OUI charge instead of pleading guilty. Here are the three central reasons why:

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Will My License Be Suspended After a Second DUI Conviction?

A second DUI conviction will result in a suspension of your Massachusetts driver’s license. However, the suspension’s length and your eligibility for a hardship license can vary depending on your case’s circumstances. 

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Is Getting a Job with 2 DUIs Possible?

There is no law that prohibits employers from hiring people with two DUIs on their criminal record.

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What Happens if You Get a Second DUI Charge?

If you’ve been arrested for DUI for the second time, it’s natural to feel scared.  A second DUI offense threatens you with more significant consequences and fewer options for leniency than those available to first offenders.  

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