A Massachusetts operating under the influence (OUI) conviction or continued without a finding may result in heightened penalties in addition to a permanent criminal record. If you have recently been arrested and charged with a Massachusetts OUI, an experienced defense lawyer could help your chances of avoiding a conviction or continued without a finding and the consequences that inevitably follow.
You could be convicted of OUI in several different ways: you may plead guilty, you may be found guilty, or you may accept a plea bargain. No matter which way you are convicted, you will face serious penalties that may include: incarceration, probation, fines and substance abuse rehabilitation. Your driver's license may also be suspended or revoked for a long period of time.
When determining your punishment, the judge must adhere to statutory limitations laid out in the Massachusetts laws. The judge will also consider certain factors such as your prior OUI or other criminal history. If you transported a child while under the influence or caused an accident that resulted in personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death, you could be sentenced to additional penalties.
As mentioned earlier, a Massachusetts OUI conviction or continued without a finding will also result in a criminal record. This record is stored on a criminal database, which can be accessed by third parties. Unfortunately, every time you apply for a job, school, housing, or a loan, your OUI conviction or continued without a finding will show up if a background check is run.
Your insurance rates may also be increased as the result of your OUI. In some cases, your coverage may even be terminated and you will be forced to shop for a more expensive policy.
The Jones & Geraghty can defend your OUI case in an effort to avoid a conviction or continued without a finding.