Interested in Knowing More About OUI Accident Charges in Massachusetts?
Don’t Wait to Involve a Boston OUI Attorney
If you have been accused of causing an auto accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your freedom may be on the line. Charges involving OUI (operating under the influence) and DUI (driving under the influence) accidents are extremely serious. Depending on the harm caused, you could face years in state prison, along with heavy fines, lifetime license suspension and other penalties. That is why it is crucial to involve a Boston OUI attorney as soon as possible.
If you are taken into custody after an accident, listen to the Miranda warning as read to you by the arresting officer and invoke your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. Trying to defend yourself or explain what occurred may only result in self-incrimination and a case that will be far more difficult to win than had you not provided law enforcement with the ammunition they needed to offer the prosecuting attorney to press charges. Call Keegan Law for a consultation with a knowledgeable legal professional. Our OUI lawyers have more than 40 years of experience in criminal justice, including as former police officers and prosecutors, and we use this to our clients’ advantage.
OUI Causing Injury
If you are accused of causing a motor vehicle accident while OUI, and someone suffers “serious bodily injury” as a result, you may face criminal charges under Massachusetts General Laws §90.24L. According to this section, you may face imprisonment in jail for 6 months to 2 1/2 years or in state prison for 2 1/2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000 – if you were negligent or reckless as well as being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and caused the accident. If you are accused of causing an accident while OUI without negligence or recklessness also involved, you may face up to 2 1/2 years in jail and a fine of up to $3,000.
(Note: “Serious bodily injury” is defined as an injury that creates a significant risk of death, that results in total disability or that impairs bodily function for a long period of time.)
OUI Manslaughter / Homicide
If you are accused of causing another’s death while OUI, you may face criminal charges for “homicide by motor vehicle” under Massachusetts General Laws §90.24G. If you stand accused of causing a fatal auto accident through negligence or recklessness and while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If you stand accused of causing a fatal auto accident through negligence or while operating under the influence, you may face up to 2 1/2 years in jail. You may also face criminal charges for manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle” under Massachusetts General Laws §265.131.5, which is punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Challenging OUI Charges in Boston, MA
Much is on the line if you have been accused of injuring or killing another person while OUI. It is important to remember, however, that you have the right to legal counsel. Your choice in Boston OUI lawyer may directly impact the outcome of your case and even whether you face charges in the first place. By becoming involved early in the process, a skilled lawyer can look for procedural errors, mistakes with gathering or processing evidence, violations of your rights or other issues that could work in your favor. To find out more about these charges and the defense strategies that may be available to you, call Keegan Law today.