What Makes DUI Charges in Massachusetts Different From Other States?

Most U.S. states have somewhat similar standards for DUI charges and consequences for a conviction.  In general, if you’re determined by law enforcement to be driving while intoxicated at a level that impairs the safety of yourself and others,...

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When Can You Start Driving After a DUI Conviction in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, anyone who receives a DUI conviction will also receive a court-imposed license suspension.  Numerous factors affect the amount of time that must elapse before you can begin driving after a DUI, but the most significant are:

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5 Ways to Tell if You’re Too Drunk to Drive

1. The Physical Symptoms

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it causes delays in the messages shared between the brain and the body. This results in poor coordination, numbness, slower reflexes, and throws off your balance. Some physical...

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What Are the Best DUI Defenses for Multiple Offenders?

Repeat DUI offenders have less (or no) access to “alternative disposition” options in sentencing and will face greater penalties if convicted.  A second DUI offense is still considered a misdemeanor in Massachusetts, but a third or subsequent...

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Is it Worth Getting a Lawyer for a DUI Charge?

Getting a lawyer with specialized DUI experience is critical to mounting an effective defense against a DUI charge. Only a legal expert can put you in the best position to beat the charges and move on.

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Is There Mandatory Jail Time for DUI Multiple Offenses?

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all DUI offenses are punishable by some length of jail time. Among all US States, MA is considered pretty strict in regards to its DUI laws. However, not all sentences—even if you have multiple DUI...

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What’s the DUI License Suspension Length for Multiple DUI Convictions?

Drivers who accrue multiple DUI convictions in Massachusetts face license suspensions of significant length. However, the precise duration is not black and white—many factors relevant to the case can impact the terms of the sentence.

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5 Questions to Ask a DUI Lawyer When Faced with Your First DUI

If you’ve been charged with a first offense for drunk driving, you know you’ll need a lawyer—quickly.  But you might not know which questions to ask a DUI lawyer, especially since this is your first time facing a DUI charge.  Here are five...

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What Are Some Common DUI Plea Bargains for First Offenders?

Like any conviction for DUI, a first offense has the potential to lead to severe penalties.  However, due to the Alternative Disposition available under Chapter 90, Section 24D for DUI first offenders, it is often possible to avoid the harsh...

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Can You Go to Jail for Your First Offense DUI?

Any DUI conviction in Massachusetts holds a risk of a jail sentence.  

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