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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.

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