Under Commonwealth law, a fourth OUI conviction is a serious legal problem. The penalties imposed by the court are extensive, with mandatory prison time.
The consequences of pleading guilty or a conviction for fourth time OUI
If you are accused of driving drunk or drug intoxicated, and have three prior convictions on your record, the consequences of pleading guilty or a conviction for the offense can be life changing. You will lose your freedom for a minimum of one year, and as the charge is filed as a felony, you will face life as a convicted felon. You will probably lose any professional license, find it difficult to rent a home, get a job, could lose custody of your children, along with other consequences. With the Massachusetts “lifetime lookback” period, any OUI or DUI conviction, no matter how long ago, can lead to a fourth time OUI charge.