In Massachusetts, the law outlines two distinct degrees of operating under the influence (OUI) resulting in serious bodily injury – misdemeanor and felony offenses. The differentiation resides in the element of operating a vehicle “negligently, recklessly, or in a dangerous way”, being necessary for the felony charge. “Serious bodily injury” is stipulated as any action creating a substantial risk of death, total disability, or the loss or significant impairment of a bodily function.
Being convicted of misdemeanor OUI – serious bodily injury can result in penalties such as up to 5 years in jail, a mandatory 2-year loss of license, and a $3,000 fine. Felony charges bear a steeper toll, with a mandatory minimum of 6 months in jail and potential penalties ranging up to 10 years in state prison, 2-year mandatory loss of license, and a $5,000 fine. To secure a conviction, the prosecution must irrefutably establish that you were operating a vehicle under the influence. When faced with these charges, swift and careful action is vital. It is crucial to secure representation from a qualified legal firm.
At the Coughlin Law Group, our team of Boston DUI and OUI attorneys offer a wealth of experience in these specific cases. Our attorneys, many of them former prosecutors, possess a unique insight into the trial process, giving you a competitive edge in court. Our commitment is providing a robust, experienced defense against a wide range of criminal charges.
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