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Massachusetts Third Offense OUI

Key Takeaways:
  1. Third offense involves mandatory jail time;
  2. You might be able to reduce the charge to a second offense to avoid jail.
  3. Any plea will involve a substantial license loss.
  4. 3rd offenses often require a trial to avoid jail time.
Find out the 3 things you NEED to know about your MA OUI 3rd offense charge.

Attorney Michael DelSignore understand that when you face a 3rd offense you will likely need to win this case before a jury. Attorney DelSignore is very experienced and successful at trial. The key to that success is based on a few things that make up the Core Values at DelSignore Law. We are always preparing for trial, learning new methods to persuade a jury. You will see different charts and graphics if you come to our office representing different approaches to influencing a jury to find you not guilty.

For those charged with drunk driving for the third time, there are three questions that are typically asked immediately after the arrest:

  1. What are the potential penalties upon conviction?
  2. Will I have to post a cash bail?
  3. Can I avoid jail time?

This page will address these common concerns and hopefully help individuals facing a third offense OUI charge make a more educated, well rounded decision on their next step.

What are the potential penalties when charged with a Third Offense OUI?
  • A Massachusetts third offense OUI carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of six months with no parole eligibility until at least 150 days of the sentence is served.
  • A Third Offense is also considered a felony offense that imposes additional penalties. Anyone convicted of a felony OUI offense is required to submit to a DNA test.
What is the license loss for a Third Offense OUI?
  • The license loss for a third offense is EIGHT YEARS for the conviction and could result in an additional suspension if you refused the breathalyzer test.
  • If you refused a breath test and have 2 prior OUI convictions, the license loss for the breath test refusal is five years.
Will I have to post a cash Bail?

If you are charged with a 3rd offense or higher Massachusetts OUI, bail is likely to be an issue. The amount of bail is determined by a number of factors, including:

  • Criminal record
  • Ties to the community where the arrest occurred
  • Employment history
  • Record of failing to appear in prior cases, referred to as number of defaults.
  • Strength of the Commonwealth’s case.
Should You get Alcohol Treatment?

. You should get alcohol treatment. If you have two prior OUI offenses, treatment an help you. It will help you in court, to potentially obtain a reduction in the charge, at sentencing in the event of a conviction; if we win the case, the treatment will likely help you in your life and dealing with your close friends and family. One of my most important objectives as a lawyer is to help you both inside and outside the courtroom. When I help someone obtain a not guilty verdict that is very rewarding, it is what we are paid to do, but I truly want to see my clients successful in life.

Can I be Held Without Bail on a Third Offense OUI?

In addition to having to potentially post a cash bail, a third offense OUI in Massachusetts carries the potential that the Commonwealth will seek to hold you without bail as being a danger to the community under the Dangerousness statute that authorizes the Commonwealth to hold an individual for up to 90 days without bail.

While dangerousness hearings are not common with a Third offense, it is authorized by statute. This hearing would involve the officer testifying to the facts of the case and the Commonwealth putting forth evidence that no conditions of release can assure the safety of the community.

If you or a family member faces a Massachusetts Third Offense OUI charge, you need to hire an experienced OUI attorney in Massachusetts to appear at the arraignment to defend against a request for bail and to challenge any request to hold you without bail.

You can call Attorney DelSignore directly at 781-686-5924 to speak to him about the best options for a third offense OUI.

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Client Reviews
Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! He was always available to answer any questions I had and helped walked me through the entire process. I could not have done it without them! I highly recommend choosing this law firm to deal with your legal needs, you will not be dissatisfied. Ashley
I cannot express the gratitude towards Michael for his amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael over and over again. Claire