Understanding RMV License Suspensions

The Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend based on the number of OUI’s on a person's driving record and any out of state conviction, regardless of the court order suspension. These cases have two factors – the criminal charge, and the license suspension problem. At Gilman Law, we fight for our clients on both fronts. Our law firm is one of the largest license suspension law firms in Massachusetts.

Penalties for OUI convictions in MA

If you are facing charges for OUI and have prior convictions on drunk driving charges, the state imposes heavy penalties in a conviction, including but not limited to:

  • Expensive fines
  • Requirement to install ignition interlock devices in any vehicle you use
  • Incarceration
  • Mandatory alcohol education programs

It is essential to retain a talented OUI defense attorney if you have prior convictions and are facing another charge. The consequences of another conviction can be life-changing, and your case must be addressed very carefully and professionally. An experienced lawyer will examine all aspects of the case and provide guidance to help you seek a positive outcome in criminal court and avoid drivers license revocation in MA for years or a lifetime.

What are the penalties for Multiple OUI Convictions?

If convicted of a second or third OUI or DUI offense in Massachusetts, drivers will be subjected to serious penalties. Those found guilty of multiple offenses can expect:

  • Increased jail time 
  • Fines as high as $25,000 
  • Long-term license suspension

Massachusetts has enacted strict laws to discourage repeat drunk driving offenses and protect other drivers on the roads from intoxicated vehicle operators. A lifetime “lookback” period means that any conviction—no matter how long ago or where it occurred—will be a factor when charges on a new offense arise.

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Will I lose my license?

If you are charged with multiple DUIs in Massachusetts, the length of time for which your license may be suspended will vary depending on several factors, including:

  • The number of prior offenses on your record, your age at the time of the incident, and whether you refused or failed a breathalyzer test. 
  • An individual's license could also be suspended if they are found guilty in court of a third OUI offense; depending on factors such as aggravating circumstances like injury or death that occurred in the incident, additional penalties could be imposed, ranging from fines to time behind bars.

It is important to seek legal counsel when faced with multiple OUI convictions to protect your rights and seek to avoid losing your legal right to drive for years, or a lifetime.

What are some defenses for a defendant with multiple OUI convictions?

Defending a case in which the defendant has multiple OUI convictions requires exceptional legal skills and case preparation. Many successful defenses involve challenging the state's evidence. Common defense strategies include:

  • Unlawful police stop
  • Improper chemical testing
  • Miranda violations 
  • Unlawful interrogations
  • Improper administration of field sobriety tests
  • Lapses in memory or inconsistent testimony

An experienced attorney is best equipped to investigate each allegation and determine the best course of action for the defense case.

Ultimately, crafting a strong defense for defendants with multiple OUI convictions on record will require a full evaluation of all facts and evidence leading to the OUI charge. With well-crafted defense strategy an individual facing the consequences of third, fourth, or more OUI charges may be able to avoid the severe penalties imposed under state law.

Why hire an attorney with a background in license suspension?

It is important to act quickly when it comes to license suspension if you have multiple OUI convictions. The RMV imposes its own rules and regulations. Our lead attorney formerly worked at the RMV as a Hearing Officer, where he acted as judge, jury, and prosecutor in license suspension hearing, and knows exactly how the system works.

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Get back on the road, with our help.

Hiring an experienced attorney from our firm who understands the laws and who has worked as a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Hearing Officer can help ensure that your rights are upheld and provide you with knowledgeable guidance to get back on the road legally and efficiently. 

An experienced lawyer can also protect you from unfair practices by fighting on your behalf and ensuring that the process is handled fairly. Having someone familiar with the inner workings of the RMV system is invaluable, giving an edge and providing peace of mind during a difficult time.

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Experienced DUI lawyer in Massachusetts

At Gilman Law, we understand how difficult and emotionally draining multiple OUI convictions can be. That’s why we provide experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and guide you through the process of getting your license reinstated as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Payment plans available

We provide flat fee services for many cases and offer payment plans for our clients, so that finances don’t stand in the way of getting your life back on track. Our extensive knowledge of the RMV’s policies means that we can help you through every step of your case, ensuring all administrative work is taken care of with minimal stress.

Why hire Gilman Law after multiple OUI convictions?

Our lead attorney has years of experience working as an RMV Hearing Officer and knows exactly what to do to maximize the chances of a positive case outcome. We are honest with our clients, giving them an accurate assessment so they know exactly what to expect throughout the process. Above all else, we have integrity—we will fight on your behalf, taking on the system to help you get back behind the wheel, efficiently and legally.

Facing a revocation of license in Massachusetts? Contact us today so we can help get you back on the road.

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