A DUI charge can have a significant impact on all aspects of life. It can prevent you from driving, cost thousands of dollars in fees and fines, and can subject you to jail penalties. There is also an enhanced penalty under Massachusetts law for anyone arrested for DUI with a child who is 14 years of age or younger in the vehicle.
According to M.G.L. c. 90 s. 24V, if the underlying DUI charge is proven and there is a child 14 or younger in the vehicle, then the penalty on a first offense for a violation of this section is imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 90 days and not more than 2.5 years and a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000. The punishment also has to run on and after the sentence for the underlying DUI, and additionally carries a 1 year license loss.
As a result, if you or someone you know faces such a charge, contact an experienced DUI attorney who will fight for you and your rights both before and at trial. Furthermore, always keep in mind that the Commonwealth has to obtain a conviction on the underlying DUI before any sentence enhancements come into play.
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