How Can a Continuance Without a Finding Benefit DUI First Offenders?

When facing a DUI/OUI first offense in Massachusetts, you’re going to have a couple of options to consider before and during your upcoming trial in court. Most first offenders have an opportunity outside of a Not Guilty verdict to escape a conviction. That opportunity takes the form of a Continuance Without a Finding.

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Should You Accept a First Offense DUI Plea Bargain?

Getting charged with a first offense DUI doesn’t have to derail your life. Since most courts favor treatment over punishment, many first offenses can be resolved through some form of DUI plea bargain. 

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Can You Make a DUI Plea Bargain if You Have Multiple Charges on Your Record?

If you’ve faced prior DUI charges, then you may be familiar with the pros (and cons) of accepting (or rejecting) a DUI plea bargain. If it’s your first or second DUI in Massachusetts, for example, then receiving a plea bargain may lead to an alternative disposition and less-severe consequences.

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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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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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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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