How Long Can Your License Be Suspended For An OUI?

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An OUI conviction can result in a number of severe penalties that can affect your life. A potential jail sentence is not the only penalty you may face after an OUI conviction in Massachusetts. Massachusetts also imposes a mandatory driver’s license suspension. For many facing an OUI charge, the threat of a license loss is a daunting consequence. Not being able to drive can be extremely disruptive to your daily life and may risk your employment. 

The length of the license suspension you face depends on the number of prior OUI convictions you have. Even for a first offense, the penalty is harsh, and ranges from 45 days to up to 1 year. The minimum penalty escalates for each subsequent OUI offense, and these license loss periods are mandatory with no ability to negotiate a lesser suspicion period. That being said, you may be eligible for a hardship license, also referred to as a “Cinderella license” in certain circumstances.

Refusal to take a Breathalyzer test will also result in the suspension of a driver’s license. This also depends on the number of prior OUI convictions, but the minimum suspension period is180 days for a first offense OUI. 

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FAQ

Do I need an ignition interlock device on my car after the first OUI?

No. An interlock device is only a requirement after a second offense and any subsequent offenses.

What can I do if my license has been suspended?

You can apply for a hardship license, also referred to as a “Cinderella license,” if you meet specific requirements.

Does the court have any leeway for this penalty?

No. The law imposes certain minimum mandatory license suspensions that can not be negotiated or reduced.

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