Essex County Felony OUI Lawyers
All criminal charges are serious. Even misdemeanor convictions can put a defendant in jail and leave a lasting mark on their record and reputation. But the most serious charges in the criminal justice system are felonies, and there are times when an OUI (operating a motor vehicle under the influence) charge can elevate from a misdemeanor to a felony. Given the stakes, it’s important to have a talented and tenacious Essex County felony OUI lawyer in your corner.
Aprodu | Conley fights for defendants and their rights across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex, Hampden, and Worcester counties.
A person convicted of felony OUI faces a minimum of 150 days in jail (about 5 months). Even worse, that jail term could go as long as 5 years (as opposed to 2 ½ years for misdemeanor OUI convictions). The fine levied will be at least $1,000 and potentially as high as $15,000.
Then there is the matter of a driver’s license. Whereas misdemeanors result in the loss of a license for 1-2 years, depending on the circumstances, a felony conviction will see that penalty escalate all the way to 8 years without a license. Furthermore, the opportunity to apply for a hardship license, something that people who need their car to make a living can seek, is not available until 2 years have passed.
If and when a hardship license is granted, the defendant will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) into their vehicle. The IID is effectively an in-car breathalyzer test, preventing a vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood-alcohol content level is higher than .02%.
After a person has been convicted of OUI on two previous occasions, the third charge will automatically be a felony. Short of that, there are different circumstances, including on a first offense, that might result in charges being escalated from a misdemeanor to a felony.
These circumstances include:
- If there were passengers aged 14 or younger in the car. This can mean aggravated OUI charges, which is a felony. It might also result in separate felony charges for child endangerment.
- If someone else suffered a severe injury or death from an accident.
The consequences of a felony conviction are more far-reaching than the basic sentencing guidelines outlined above. Those convicted of a felony have restrictions placed on their rights to vote and own a firearm. Those attending school must submit their criminal record to school officials. And the conviction will be a part of any background check for employment or housing.
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