Felony DUI & OUI Attorney in Western Massachusetts
Defending Against Felony Charges Related to DUI
In certain circumstances, a charge of DUI/OUI may result in a felony offense. The penalties of a felony conviction are much more severe than a misdemeanor conviction. If you are facing multiple charges of DUI or a charge involving serious and fatal injuries caused in an accident, you are at risk of suffering the consequences of a felony conviction.
At The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C., our Western Massachusetts DUI lawyers have tried over 200 cases and boasts 20+ years of collective legal experience in criminal law. Many DUI charges may escalate from a simple misdemeanor to a felony—if you have been arrested for DUI, do not take chances with your future. Our founding attorney attended the National College of DUI Defense, has many speaking engagement, and is highly respected in the legal community.
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When Is a DUI/OUI Charge Considered a Felony?
Generally, a DUI charge may involve a felony offense if the individual has had more than two DUI convictions in the past. Because Massachusetts does not have a look-back period, a judge may look at any part of an individual's criminal record, no matter how many years ago the conviction was. Each consecutive DUI conviction results in harsher penalties, including increased jail time, heavier fines, and longer license suspension. Three or more consecutive DUI charges may become a felony, even if no accidents or injuries were involved.
A felony DUI charge may result in the following:
- License suspension for more than 8 years
- Fines ranging from $15,000 to $50,000
- Up to 2 ½ years in jail and 5 years in prison
- Revocation of vehicle registration
- Forfeiture of your motor vehicle
DUI/OUI Accidents Involving Serious & Fatal Injuries
In addition to consecutive DUI convictions, DUI accidents where an individual sustained serious/fatal injuries are often tried as a felony offense. If you were arrested for DUI in relation to an accident where another individual was killed or suffered serious bodily injury, you should prepare to defend yourself against a felony DUI charge. This is also the case where an individual fled the scene of an accident and failed to render aid to the injured.
Retain a Dedicated Legal Professional & Secure Your Future
Every DUI case is unique. That is why the Western Massachusetts OUI attorneys at The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. make a commitment to devote the substantial time and effort that each client needs to pursue an effective course of action. If you are facing felony charges related to a DUI/OUI charge, trust a firm that has decades of experience in DUI and criminal defense. Our legal team has successfully defended countless individuals facing complex charges involving DUI.
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