Breath Test Refusal Penalties
Quincy Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
If you stand accused of drunk driving in Massachusetts, it is important
to know the penalties you face if you are convicted. It is even more important
to have strong defense representation from an experienced attorney.
OUI & Breath Test Refusal in Massachusetts
License suspensions for breath test refusals include:
- First offender: 180 days
- Second offender or under 21: three years + 180 days (waived if enrolled
in 24P program)
- Third offender: five years
- Fourth offender: 10 years
- Fifth offender: life
Prior offense includes prior OUI, OUI and serious injury and MV homicide.
No hardship license is available during any period of suspension for breath
test refusal. A suspended license may be restored after an acquittal.
Breath Test Failure Consequences
- Immediate loss of license to police officer for 30 days or until case is
disposed of by plea or trial, whichever comes first
- Automobile is impounded for 12 hours
- Breath test result of .08 or above is admissible in prosecution provided
test is administered in accordance with law
per se violation of statute
Penalties for Conviction: First Offense Over Age 21
- Statutory penalty:
- Fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000, or
- Imprisonment in jail for not more than two and one-half years in House
of Correction, or
- Both a fine and imprisonment
- License loss of one year
Alternate Disposition for First Offenders
- Two-years' probation; entry into approved OUI program; pay program
costs and assessments; probation supervision fees
- License loss of 45-90 days
- Hardship license available after enrollment in program on limited basis
- Fines and community service may be assessed.
Penalties for First Conviction Under Age 21
- A person under age 21 loses his or her license for 210 days for first offense
conviction for OUI even if he or she enters G.L. c. 90, § 24D program,
but is eligible for 12-hour hardship license upon enrollment in program.
- An additional license loss of 180 days is imposed under G.L. c. 90, §
24P; this may be avoided by attendance at a special underage drinking program.
- If the breath test result for a person between the ages of 17 and 21 is
inclusive, and is not less than .20, the first offender program is not
available and the individual must attend a rehabilitation program known
as the 14-day second-offender in-home program.
Penalties for Conviction on Second Offense
- Fine of not less than $600 nor more than $10,000, AND
- Imprisonment for not less than 60 days nor more than 2.5 years
- Minimum mandatory sentence of 30 days
- License loss of two years
- Assessments and fees applicable
Alternate Second Offender Disposition Available:
- Mandatory in-patient treatment at a residential alcohol treatment facility
for 14 days, with aftercare
- Two years probation
- Two-year license loss
- Hardship license available after six months with ignition lock
- Program costs and assessments applicable
- Prior convictions more than 10 years old may render a person eligible for
first-offender program once in a lifetime
Contact Us Before You Talk To The Police
Our Quincy criminal defense lawyers can vigorously defend drivers charged
with operating under the influence (OUI) throughout Massachusetts. Contact
us for a free and confidential case evaluation. We know that every case
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