An arrest for drunk driving — known as Driving under the Influence (DUI) or Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Massachusetts — can change your life in an instant. The consequences of your action may follow you for years, affecting your personal life and having a substantial effect on your finances.

The cost of a DUI/OUI in Massachusetts depends on various factors, such as the severity of the offense, whether it’s a first-time or repeat offense…and whether or not you seek skilled representation.

Direct costs of a DUI/OUI conviction in MA

Legal Fees

The cost for a DUI lawyer in Massachusetts can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case. Fees may range from several thousand to over ten thousand dollars and may include various administrative expenses related to court proceedings. The cost of skilled representation can be significant but can ultimately help you save thousands of dollars in other direct and indirect costs.

Fines and Penalties

Massachusetts imposes fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 for OUI offenses, depending on factors like prior offenses and the circumstances of the case.

Bail and Bond Expenses

If an arrest leads to jail time, bail costs can add to the financial burden, potentially costing hundreds to thousands of dollars.

License Reinstatement Fees

Once a suspension period is over, there are fees to pay for reinstating a driver’s license. In Massachusetts, this fee can range from $100 to $1,200, depending on the number of offenses and the specifics of the case.

Increased Insurance Premiums

A DUI/OUI conviction can lead to significantly higher car insurance rates, often doubling or tripling your premiums for several years.

Educational Programs

Massachusetts law requires OUI offenders to attend alcohol education programs (24D program), which can cost around $600 to $800.

Don’t forget about indirect costs

Loss of Employment

A conviction may result in job loss, especially if your job requires driving. The long-term loss of income can be substantial.

Transportation Costs

With your license suspended, you might need to rely on public transport or rideshare services, adding to your daily expenses.

Educational and Personal Consequences

A DUI can affect college admissions and scholarship opportunities, along with causing personal and family stress.

Why legal representation matters

Navigating the complexities of a DUI/OUI charge in Massachusetts can be daunting. Effective legal representation can sometimes mean the difference between a conviction and reduced or dismissed charges.

If you or someone you know is facing an OUI charge in MA, seek legal help immediately. Our skilled team understands the legal system and can help mitigate the full impact of these financial impacts!

Kevin Dwyer Law is here to help

Don’t let a DUI/OUI charge ruin your life. At Kevin Dwyer Law, we’ll help you get your life back on track, fighting for your rights and ensuring you’re treated fairly by the legal system.

Reach out to us today for a consultation and ensure you have a seasoned advocate on your side.