When you are accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your charge may be referred to as a DUI, OWI or OUI. Regardless of the nature of your charge, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side to help you maximize your chances of avoiding conviction.
OUI/DUI/DWI Laws in Massachusetts
If you are convicted of an OUI/DUI/DWI charge in Massachusetts, you may face a fine of up to $50,000 and a maximum of five years in jail. In addition, the court may suspend your driver’s license, either temporarily or permanently. For your second to fourth offenses, the court may also require you to install and maintain an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle to ensure that you don’t drive drunk.
The state of Massachusetts requires all drivers to submit to breathalyzer/chemical tests if asked to do so by police. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, you may face legal penalties. For your first offense, the court may suspend your driver’s license for up to 180 days. For your second offense, the court may suspend your driver’s license for up to three years. For your third offense, the court may suspend your license for up to five years.
OUI/DUI/DWI Laws in Connecticut
If you are convicted of an OUI/DUI/DWI charge in Connecticut, you may face a fine of up to $8,000 and up to three years in jail, depending on your past convictions. Your driver’s license may also be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the court may require you to install an IID on your vehicle.
Connecticut requires all drivers to submit to breathalyzer/chemical tests when asked to do so by police. If you refuse to submit to a test, you will lose your driver’s license for 45 days. The court may also require you to install an IID before your license will be reinstated. This device must remain on your vehicle for up to three years, depending on your age and criminal history.
Contact the Porreca Law Office
If you have been charged with a DUI, OWI or OUI offense, you need an attorney you can trust. Here at the Porreca Law Office, we have over 20 years of experience defending people who have been charged with crimes in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Please contact our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.