Defending Against Felony Charges Related to OUI
When can an OUI charge be considered a felony?
Generally, an OUI charge may involve a felony offense if the individual has had more than two previous OUI convictions. Because Massachusetts does not have a set “look back” period, a judge may look at any part of an individual's criminal record, no matter how many years ago the conviction was. Each consecutive OUI conviction results in harsher penalties, including increased jail time, heavier fines, and longer license suspension. Three or more consecutive OUI charges may become a felony, even if no accidents or injuries were involved.
A felony OUI charge may result in the following:
- License suspension for more than 8 years
- Fines ranging from $15,000 $50,000
- Revocation of vehicle registration
- Forfeiture of your motor vehicle OUI Accidents Involving Serious & Fatal Injuries
In addition to consecutive OUI convictions, OUI accidents where an individual sustained serious/fatal injuries are often tried as a felony offense. If you were arrested for an OUI in relation to an accident, where another individual was killed or suffered serious bodily injury, you should prepare to defend yourself against a felony OUI charge. This is also the case where an individual fled the scene of an accident and failed to render aid to the injured.
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