Just the same as every state in the United States, Massachusetts is serious about keeping drunk drivers off the road. And for that reason, if you’re convicted of operating while under the influence (OUI), it could result in the suspension of your driver’s license.
If you lose your license as a result of an OUI conviction, it doesn’t mean things will always be this way. There are steps you can take to get your license back, and it’s important that you make all the right moves.
The length of your license suspension
The length of your license suspension depends on the circumstances surrounding your arrest and charges. For example:
- If you’re convicted of your first OUI, your license is likely to be suspended for 45 to 90 days: However, it’s impossible that it could last for as long as one year. On the plus side, you may be eligible for a hardship license consideration.
- If you refuse a Breathalyzer test, there’s an automatic license suspension for 180 days: Even if you’re not convicted of operating while under the influence, you’re still subject to this penalty.
- Past violations can add up: If you’ve been convicted of OUI in the past and find yourself in trouble again, it can result in a longer license suspension.
You can get your license back
It goes without saying that you can simply wait for your suspension to come to its completion. At that point, you can pay the required fee and apply for reinstatement.
However, if that’s not an option, there are a few other things you can try:
- Consult with an experienced OUI attorney who knows how the legal system works and the best strategy for license reinstatement.
- Apply for a hardship license, such as if you need to drive in order to get to and from work and/or school.
An OUI conviction will impact your life in many ways, including your ability to drive in the future.
If you’re dealing with a license suspension and concerned about the impact on your life, learn more about your legal rights and how to take action.