There are DUIs, and then there are serious, aggravated OUIs that can put you in prison for the rest of your life. But what are some of the worst possible OUIs you can commit in Massachusetts? The answer may surprise you. It is technically possible to be charged with multiple felonies with a single OUI, and this may lead to decades behind bars. While being charged with all of these offenses simultaneously is rare, it can happen. And if it does, you need help from a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney.
Aggravated OUIs in Massachusetts
Suppose you commit a first-time OUI with no serious injuries or other aggravating factors. In that case, you will face a relatively light penalty, although it is still important to defend yourself in the best way possible.
But if there are certain aggravating circumstances present in your situation, you will face a much greater penalty. Here are some examples of aggravated OUIs in Massachusetts:
- Having a BAC Level of Over 0.20%
- Having a Child in the Car
- Causing Property Damage
- Causing Bodily Injury
- Causing Death
- Having Multiple Past OUIs
Of these offenses, the worst possible charge is an OUI resulting in death. For this offense, you may face up to 15 years in prison and a felony charge.
Is it Possible to Face Multiple OUI Offenses at the Same Time?
Yes, it is possible to be charged with multiple OUIs simultaneously. However, you may only be convicted of one offense. Prosecutors may charge you with multiple offenses in order to give themselves the best possible chance of conviction. If you successfully fight one charge, they can move on to the next charge. In August of 2022, a mother in Massachusetts was charged with both OUI child endangerment and OUI resulting in injury.
Refusing a Breathalyzer Test
You may also face an extended license suspension if you refuse a breathalyzer test. This means that existing OUI charges can become even worse if you refuse the test. However, some would argue that refusing the test makes sense in some circumstances.
Examples of Additional, Non-OUI Charges
Additional charges may also be added to your OUI offenses, including things like manslaughter, child abuse, and much more.
Examples of Long DUI Sentences
It is possible to be sentenced to decades behind bars for DUIs – or even life. One California woman was sentenced to 51 years to life for a DUI crash back in 2020 that killed three teens. In 2016, a man from Pennsylvania was sentenced to life in prison after his 9th DUI conviction.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Massachusetts?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, look no further than Edward R. Molari, Attorney at Law. Over the years, we have helped numerous defendants with a wide range of charges, including aggravated OUIs and OUIs. We understand that these offenses can become quite excessive, but there’s no need to accept decades in prison without fighting for your rights in court. Book your consultation today to strive for the best possible results.