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How OUI can affect the life of a Massachusetts resident

In the absence of other circumstances, a first-offense charge for operating under the influence is a misdemeanor. This often leads to many people failing to give the charge the attention it deserves. Even a misdemeanor OUI charge can significantly affect the life of a Massachusetts resident.

The legal consequences alone may include fines, jail time and a driver's license suspension. A driver may even be required to use an ignition interlock device in order to keep driving. These legal issues may be more of an inconvenience for some Massachusetts residents, but it is in other areas of their lives where the real impact may be felt.

For instance, some insurance companies will not pay for an insured's injuries if they were due to an OUI. Moreover, car insurance rates could rise as well. If an individual drives for a living -- or even as part of his or her job duties -- retaining employment could be problematic both at the time of the charges and in the future. In some cases, being restricted from driving at work could affect future promotions or other advancements.

An individual could incur these types of consequences from even a misdemeanor OUI. Anyone facing such a charge has the right to challenge it. From the initial traffic stop to the breath test to the field sobriety tests, any number of things can go wrong. Mistakes are made often and an individual's rights could easily be violated. Simply accepting that a guilty plea is inevitable may not be the best course of action.

Source: statefarm.com, "The Real Consequences of Drunk Driving", Accessed on Aug. 20, 2017

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