Imagine stopping by your favorite pub on your way home from work. After you spend a couple of hours relaxing with your friends, you climb back into your car to continue your journey home.
But only a short distance from your house, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing from behind you. The next thing you know, you are in the back of a squad car and on your way to jail on suspicion of drunk driving.
In Massachusetts, operating or driving under the influence (OUI/DUI) charges are very serious. Not only could you spend time in jail, but you could spend a couple of years on probation, experience problems in your career and be ordered to pay expensive fines. Here are a few more things that could happen after you are charged with an OUI or DUI.
Loss of license
After a DUI conviction, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will probably suspend your license. Depending on your circumstances, you might qualify for a restricted license so that you can continue driving to and from work.
Alcohol and drug dependency classes are a common consequence of a DUI conviction. You will probably have to pay for and attend such a program, perhaps as part of the terms of your probation.
Punishments exists as a deterrent to encourage people to adhere to the law. In other words, the penalties for drinking and driving are in place to convince offenders not to do it again. However, this becomes more difficult for people with an alcohol addiction. It is possible that you will have to attend an evaluation to help with alcohol abuse.
Your auto insurance costs will go up
You may have seen your car insurance go up in the past after a minor traffic violation. This won’t be anything compared to the spike in rates you will experience after an OUI or DUI conviction. Your premiums might double or even triple as a result of a drunk driving incident.
The consequences of an OUI or DUI conviction can heavily impact your life for years to come. If you are facing drunk driving charges, it is important for you to remember your rights and options. With the right defense, you might be able to fight back against the charges and avoid a conviction or have the charges reduced.