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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What is the Massachusetts OUI Statute?

The Massachusetts OUI Statute is a collection of laws, regulations, and consequences described in Chapter 90, Section 24 of Massachusetts General Laws.  Together, these laws determine how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will treat instances of: “Operating a motor vehicle Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs” (OUI).

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Can You Go to Jail for a Second DUI Charge in Massachusetts?

Facing a second DUI charge in Massachusetts is a stressful experience. Massachusetts has some of the harshest penalties for DUI/OUI convictions in the country, and as a result, any DUI conviction could lead to jail time. 

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Here’s What Massachusetts Law Says About Underage DUI Charges

Facing an underage DUI charge is no small matter. The usual DUI consequences are harsher for drivers under the legal drinking age in Massachusetts, and the penalties for a DUI under 21 can have lasting effects on your life. 

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What are the Consequences of a Second OUI in Massachusetts?

A second OUI in Massachusetts is usually considered a misdemeanor. Don’t let the label fool you though; a second Massachusetts OUI is a serious charge that often carries severe consequences for your driver’s license and your overall well-being. 

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Can You Get a DUI for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs?

While there is a stark contrast between prescription drugs and alcohol, driving while impaired by either of them carry similar consequences. Driving under the influence of legalized prescriptions, including marijuana, is still illegal and can result in a suspension of your driver’s license, and in some cases, time in prison. 

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How Will Multiple DUI Charges Affect Your Ability to Get a Job?

Job hunting with a DUI on your record can feel like an uphill battle. If you’re convicted of a DUI or OUI, then that conviction will reside on your criminal record. This record—known as your CORI, or “Criminal Offender Record Information”—will be accessible to employers. 

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Is a Second OUI Charge Considered a Felony or Misdemeanor?

In the state of Massachusetts, receiving a second DUI or OUI charge is not necessarily a felony. In most cases, First and second OUI charges are often counted as misdemeanors, while a third charge (and beyond) would be classified as a felony. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and you should know what they are. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Breathalyzer Test

A breathalyzer test can be frightening for a driver who is pulled over when they’re uncertain whether or not they are safely below the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC). After all, breath evidence is a cornerstone in decades of drunk driving cases, as it provides law enforcement with numerical evidence of intoxication that traditional methods like the Field Sobriety Test and officer observation cannot.

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What Happens If You Get an OUI in a Boat?

It is illegal in Massachusetts to operate any sort of watercraft (jet ski, canoe, kayak, sailboat, rowboat) while impaired by alcohol—not just engine-powered yachts and speedboats.  Harbor/Marine Patrol, the Coast Guard, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police all have the authority to arrest you for OUI on a boat, which is sometimes called “Boating Under the Influence of drugs and alcohol” (BUI).

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