Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Law
What are the penalties for conviction of an OUI?
The maximum penalty for a first offender is 2 ½ years in jail, fines up to $5,000 and a one year license suspension. In practice, a conviction for first offenders generally results in a far less severe punishment and permission for the offender to enter the so-called G.L. Chapter 24D Program (alcohol education), being placed on probation for a year, payment of fines and a 45-day loss of license.
Punishment for an offender who has multiple OUI offenses is by statute a progressive punishment scale up to 2 ½ years in jail and a lifetime loss of license.