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What are additional consequences of a DUI?

Getting a DUI in Massachusetts is serious business. Drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence face a number of stiff consequences. Major and life-impacting penalties may include jail time, fines and license suspension. However, there are other court-ordered programs that drivers are required to complete, and they take both time and money.

Inaccuracy rates of field sobriety tests

If you are ever stopped by a police officer while driving in Massachusetts and that officer suspects you may have been driving while under the influence of alcohol, you may be asked to take part in some tests. This request may well leave you feeling nervous and afraid as certainly you do not want to be arrested for drunk driving. While keeping calm may be difficult at this time, one thing you should know is that the field tests used by law enforcement are not fully accurate.

Losing your driving privileges as a teen

People are usually aware of the hardships that come with losing one's driving privileges as a result of drunk driving charges. For example, someone's career may be adversely affected or they could be able to drive their kids to school or run errands. With that said, the loss of driving privileges can be very difficult for teenagers and young adults as well. Whether a young person is unable to drive to school or they cannot find transportation to work or extracurricular activities, the suspension of a driver's license can be very hard for a teen. Even from a social standpoint, being unable to drive can be very problematic.

What is implied consent?

When you obtain your Massachusetts driver's license, you may be warned that by completing the process you are now held to Massachusetts’s implied consent laws regarding operating under the influence. But what exactly does that mean, and how does it impact your given right to refuse a breath test?

Can I appeal a permanent license suspension?

The day you dreaded has finally come; after struggling to get your driving record straight, the state of Massachusetts has permanently suspended your driver's license. You cannot drive to or from work, pick up your children, meet to socialize - and while you may be able to call for driving service, the costs are beginning to escalate. You desperately need your revoked driver's license back, but permanent is permanent...or is it?

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