Massachusetts DUI Laws & Penalties | TeamDUI.com

Massachusetts DUI Laws & Penalties

Like any other criminal charge, a defendant accused of DUI-DWI is innocent until proven guilty. If guilt is found and defendant is convicted, they could be facing serious penalties including fines, loss of driving privileges, and jail time. DUI Laws and Penalties vary by state. Penalties also vary depending on a defendant’s age, aggravating circumstances, and previous DUI convictions.

Below is an overview of penalties DUI-DWI defendants could face in Alaska. This should only be used as a guide.

Legal BAC Limits


BAC
21 and Over.08%
Commercial.04%
Under 21.02%

Look back: Lifetime
Look back is the period of time an offense stays on a driver’s record. If a driver is facing a DUI or impaired driving charge, the state could “look back” into the drivers record this amount of time (varies by state) to determine if they are a repeat offender. This could result in harsher penalties if previously convicted.

Penalties for Refusing To Take State Administered Chemical Test

Below are state minimum penalties if a driver is subject to the implied consent law for failing to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test to determine BAC.

OffenseJail TimeLicense Suspension
1stNo minimum required180 days
2nd30 days3 years
3rd150 days5 years


Penalties for Criminal Case Convictions

If a driver is convicted of DUI, per se or less safe, they could be facing the state minimum penalties listed below. It is important to note that state minimum penalties increase if a driver has previous DUI convictions.

OffenseJail TimeFinesLicense Suspension
1stUp to 2.5 years$500 - 5,0001 year
2nd30 days - 2.5 years$600 - 10,0002 years
3rd5 months - 5 years$1,000 - 15,0008 years