If you are convicted of drunk driving in Massachusetts the penalties can be extraordinarily severe. For example, if convicted of a first offense, you may be sentenced under M.G.L. c. 90 s. 24D, which includes: probation for not more than two years, an alcohol education program, thousands of dollars in fees, and an accompanying license loss. If not sentenced under 24D, the potential penalty includes up to 2.5 years to the House of Correction and/or not less than$500 nor more than $5,000 in fines and a 1 year license loss.
If convicted of a second offense for drunk driving, the potential penalty includes probation for 2 years, a 14 day in-patient residential alcohol program, statutory fees, and a 2 year license loss with an ignition interlock device requirement. If convicted and not sentenced under the second offender disposition, the penalty includes a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days and up to 2.5 years, with a potential fine of not less than $600 nor more than $10,000.
If convicted of a third offense for drunk driving, the penalties include imprisonment for a mandatory minimum 150 day sentence, with a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in state prison, and a find of not less than $1,000 nor more than $15,000, in addition to an 8 year license loss. The terms of incarceration and accompanying license loss increase even more dramatically for convictions beyond a third offense.
As a result, if you or someone you care about is charged with drunk driving, contact a Massachusetts Drunk Driving Lawyer who will fight for you. There is a lot riding on your decision.