Massachusetts Drunk Driving Law Offenses
Drunk driving offenses in Massachusetts are called OUI (Operating Under
the Influence). Drunk driving is one of the most common and most penalized
criminal offenses in the state. The threshold for intoxication to be legally
presumed is a breath test reading of .08. Intoxication can be proven without
the test. You have the right to refuse the breathalzyer test and any other
field sobriety tests such as the walking a straight line, standing on one
foot while counting, reciting the alphabet, touching a finger to the nose,
9 step heel to toe and turn, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus.
The most common penalties for a first offense are loss of drivers license
up to 1 year and probation with mandatory participation in alcohol-drug
education. However a first offense conviction is punishable for up to 2
years in prison.
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