What Happens When You’re Charged with Multiple DUIs in Massachusetts?

If you’ve experienced DUI charges in the past, getting charged again probably feels like a nightmare come true. A lot of questions are running through your head. How could this be happening? Am I going to jail? How long will I lose my license? Can I go through this all over again?

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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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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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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 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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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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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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