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OUI/DUI

What constitutes DUI in Massachusetts?

Perhaps more than any other crime, Operating Under the Influence (OUI), also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is something that can happen to anyone. While a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 is considered “per se” impairment under Massachusetts law, you can still be arrested and charged if your BAC is below that level. With a BAC of .06, you may not feel at all impaired, but if you are pulled over, you may find that the police disagree.

Consequences of a DUI Conviction

For a first DUI conviction in Massachusetts, you could find yourself facing:

  • Up to 2 ½ years in jail
  • Up to $5000 in fines
  • Court costs and assessments in addition to fines
  • License suspension of up to one year
  • Court mandated substance abuse treatment at your own expense.

For subsequent convictions, the penalties grow rapidly more steep. In addition, the impact on your life of a DUI conviction has a ripple effect. With a suspended or revoked license, you may be unable to transport yourself to and for work. You may lose your job at the very time that you have the additional expenses imposed by the conviction. Your relationships will likely be affected by your conviction. And, of course, you will have to say “Yes,” when asked by future employers if you have ever been convicted of a crime.

Experienced Legal Representation is Essential

With so much at stake, you cannot afford to hire a Boston defense attorney who is inexperienced at handling DUI cases. Henry Fasoldt has tried dozens of Massachusetts DUI cases to a jury, winning acquittal for his clients in over two-thirds of them. This excellent record stems from his knowledge of the weaknesses of most DUI cases. 

The three main pieces of evidence in a DUI case are the breath test, field sobriety tests, and police reports. This evidence is far from unassailable: police reports are subjective, operator error (or even a burp) can affect the outcome of a breath test, and a medical problem or fatigue can impact performance in field sobriety tests.

Boston DUI defense attorney Henry Fasoldt combines his in-depth knowledge of DUI cases with his extensive trial experience and thorough trial preparation. He offers his clients the best, most complete defense available for drivers facing a DUI charge in Massachusetts, whether they are Massachusetts residents or out-of-state residents charged with DUI  in Massachusetts.

If you’ve been charged with DUI, you are justifiably concerned about the legal road ahead.  Contact our office today to discuss how we can help you navigate this difficult experience with as little disruption as possible to your life.