The Section 35 law states that you can ask for a court order that will require someone to be civilly entered and treated unwillingly for abuse of substances or alcohol. To be committed under Section 35, the court must determine the following:
If you find yourself being prosecuted for an additional OUI offense, you can expect the outcome from Massachusetts law to be severe. Melanie's Law was passed in 2005 to increase the sanctions and consequences for OUI offenders with earlier convictions. Melanie's Law created the new offense of "Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol while Operating after Suspension for Drunk Driving". If you have a previous OUI conviction and are convicted of another OUI, you have the potential to be charged with two crimes at once: OUI and OUI with suspended license.