Massachusetts DUI & Traffic Attorney
DUI and traffic violations are criminal acts that violate the Massachusetts traffic laws, and depending on the severity of the crime, convicted offenders of these laws could be facing extensive fines, license suspension or revocation, and possibly a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense. At the same time, however, many driving offenses in Massachusetts are strictly civil matters, such as speeding tickets.
No matter if you’ve received a smaller traffic violation or a DUI, you should consider fighting the charges with the legal representation of a prominent Massachusetts DUI and traffic attorney.
At the Law Office of Robert H. Prince, we’ll employ the same aggressive and comprehensive legal defense to your DUI or traffic violation as we would a felony, and you can expect a compassionate, diligent, and highly respected attorney who’ll give your case the benefit of the law as well as an intensive criminal defense.
DUI Crimes and Penalties in Massachusetts
Drunk driving, also known as Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Massachusetts, is a very serious crime that can bring severe penalties to those convicted.
These penalties come from both the courts as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and between the two, you could be facing jail time, license suspension, and steep fines. In order to deter drunk driving in the state, prosecutors and judges often try to administer maximum penalties as well, which makes the presence of a competent OUI lawyer fundamental.
In short, if you are 21 and older and have a BAC of 0.08 percent, you can be charged with an OUI (a BAC of 0.02 is reserved for individuals under 21, and a BAC of 0.04 is reserved for commercial drivers). If arrested, the penalties may be as follows:
Keep in mind that Massachusetts also employs a lifetime lookback period, meaning that prior DUIs are admissible in courts and relevant for sentencing throughout the rest of your life.
Other Traffic Violations
In addition to DUIs, the State of Massachusetts also upholds strict penalties for other types of traffic violations (aside from civil matters such as speeding, illegal parking, and other small driving infractions). Some other major traffic violations can include:
- Driving under license suspension, Massachusetts General Statutes Chapter 90, § 23
- Reckless and negligent driving, 90, § 24
- Leaving the scene of an accident, 90 § 24
- Drag racing, 90, § 17B
- Accidents resulting in death, injury or damage, 90, § 26
- Driving without a liability insurance policy, 90, § 34J
- Driving without a license, 90, § 10
- Operation of unregistered motor vehicles, 90, § 9
Contact Robert H. Prince for a Leading DUI and Traffic Defense
When facing an OUI or another traffic violation, don’t hesitate and contact a leading Massachusetts DUI and traffic attorney right away. Once we at the Law Office of Robert H. Prince hear from you, we can begin building a comprehensive defense to look for flaws in investigation and arrest procedures, violations of your rights, and other mistakes that could lead to dropped charges.
We fully employ the principle of innocent until proven guilty, and we’ll approach every angle of the case to give you the full benefit of this Constitutional Right. No matter your charge, you can call Robert Prince for a free consultation at (617) 721-9141 or (603) 401-0409.