There is never a good time to be charged with drunk driving in Massachusetts. This is particularly true if you're studying to become a teacher or you already work in a school.
If you find yourself charged with OUI (operating under the influence), you may face a variety of challenges, including a negative impact on your career and the possibility of losing your license. There are steps you can take to avoid serious trouble.
Penalties for OUI
It is important to understand the penalties associated with an OUI/DUI conviction. They can depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Your criminal history, including past drunk driving conviction.
- The type of vehicle you were operating at the time of the arrest
- The presence of a child in your vehicle at the time of your arrest
- Whether you broke any other laws at the same time, such as reckless driving or speeding
- Whether your OUI/DUI violation lead to the injury or death of another person
- Whether your DUI violation lead to property damage
- If you were under the legal drinking age of 21 at the time of the violation
As you can imagine, the more of these factors that are in play, the more severe the penalty. The consequences of an OUI/DUI conviction include:
- Significant fines
- Community service
- License suspension
Along with the above, professional educators and teaching students can be greatly impacted by a drunk driving conviction. For example, if you're an education major in school, a conviction could force you to change your major because a criminal background check could keep you from being hired.
You need a strategy
It is essential to learn more about your charges and the type of defense your attorney can use to prevent the most serious punishment. The knowledge you gather can go a long way in helping you make more informed decisions as your case moves forward.
Remember this: A charge of driving under the influence does not mean you will be convicted. You may be able to implement a defense strategy that will allow you to avoid a conviction. Get the legal advice you need if you are charged.