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Car keys next to a judge's gavel in the office of a Boston DUI attorney​For many people, a DUI arrest is their first experience dealing with the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, a conviction is punishable by driver’s license suspension, fines, and even a jail sentence. If you would like to avoid serving time behind bars or getting your entire case dismissed, you must hire an experienced DUI lawyer in Boston who has handled cases like yours.

DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C. provides attentive and personalized legal representation to clients facing DUI charges in Boston, whether it’s your first time or your fifth time. Attorney James G. DeGiacomo and Attorney Sergey Mikhlin have a comprehensive understanding of the nuances of the Massachusetts DUI laws to help their clients get the best possible outcome in their cases.

Our team of Boston DUI attorneys have helped countless individuals struggling with DUI cases. Having the legal support and guidance that you need during this time is critical. Take a look at our client testimonials and see why we are the most trusted DUI defense lawyers in all of Boston, MA and beyond.

How Long Does an DUI Stay on Your Record in Massachusetts?

An DUI conviction will stay on your driving record permanently, but you will be able to request to have it removed after 10 years. An DUI conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life unless you can get it expunged. During the time that your DUI is on your driving record, it will impact your insurance rates, and will also play a factor in determining how long your license is suspended if you are charged with a subsequent DUI. In some states, there is something called a “lookback period,” which states that an DUI charge will only factor into future punishments for a certain period of time. However, Massachusetts is extremely strict with DUI laws, and has a lifetime lookback period, meaning that any previous conviction will always play a role in future charges.

The following are several benefits of hiring Attorney DeGiacomo and Attorney Mikhlin for your DUI case:

  • Nearly two decades of legal experience

  • Former prosecutors who have handled thousands of DUI cases

  • Offers affordable payment plans

  • Gives every client the attention they deserve

If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for a DUI in Boston, contact the firm at (617) 941-3666 for a free initial consultation with our Boston DUI lawyer.

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DUI in Laws in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is against the law to drive a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If a person has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least .08 percent – or .04 percent for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders and .02 percent for drivers under 21 years old – then he/she could be arrested for drunk driving.

As mentioned above, a DUI conviction can result in harsh criminal penalties. For example, a first DUI offense is punishable by license revocation for up to one year, fines between $500 and $5,000, and even a maximum jail term of two and a half years.

Additionally, a conviction can lead to a criminal record, which can have a negative impact on your life. Getting a job, applying for college, and living a normal life can be difficult with a conviction following you everywhere.

That is why a Boston DUI defense lawyer, like Attorney DeGiacomo and Attorney Mikhlin, can defend you in both criminal and RMV court. They can guide you through the intricacies of the legal process while protecting your rights and freedom.

Is a DUI a Felony in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, a DUI (driving under the influence) is generally a misdemeanor offense, not a felony. However, if you are charged with a DUI and you have prior convictions for DUI or you were involved in an accident that caused serious injury or death, you may be charged with a felony. It is also possible to be charged with a federal crime if you were driving under the influence on federal property, such as a military base.

It's worth noting that the consequences of a DUI can be severe, even if it is only charged as a misdemeanor. A first-time DUI offense can result in a fine, license suspension, and mandatory alcohol education classes. Repeat offenses can result in even more severe penalties, including longer license suspensions, larger fines, and possible imprisonment.

Can You Get a DUI Expunged in Massachusetts?

A DUI expungement is next to impossible in Massachusetts. In fact, the state doesn’t offer expungement of criminal records in most cases. In Massachusetts, courts only grant a DUI expungement for two reasons. The first reason is if someone else uses your identity and receives a DUI conviction but you are innocent. In this case, the court may just decide to change the name on the documents to Jane or John Doe, removing the case from your record. The court could also decide to grant you an expungement.

The second situation in which Massachusetts courts grant DUI expungements is in cases that involve a juvenile. The only cases that are eligible are cases that the court dismisses due to a lack of evidence. For most people, the only option is to have your records sealed. Sealing your records is much different than a DUI expungement. Having your records sealed does not mean they go away completely. However, your records are no longer available to the public. This means that future employers will most likely be unable to find the records relating to your case. However, government agencies and courts will still have access to your records. Therefore, any conviction can be used at a later date to influence sentencing in another case.

How Can a Boston DUI Attorney Help?

Consulting a Boston DUI lawyer is critical for ensuring that you are provided with the legal guidance and support that you need during this time. A Boston attorney experienced in criminal defense knows the ins and outs of the law and will have worked with countless individuals facing a struggle similar to yours.

A DUI lawyer will:

  • Thoroughly investigate your case: Your DUI lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case and will examine your arrest report to see if there was anything that could lead to the dismissal of any additional charges.
  • Provide you with legal guidance: Your attorney will be able to help answer any questions or confusion that you have related to your DUI case. He or she will provide you with objective legal guidance that you can greatly benefit from. This will also help ensure that no mistakes are made on your part during the legal process of your case.
  • Offer you support: Having a reputable DUI attorney by your side is important for providing you with the emotional reassurance that you need during this time.
  • Save you time: There is a great amount of paperwork involved with DUI defense. Your lawyer will be able to handle all of the paperwork for you, to ensure that no mistakes are made that could prolong your case.
  • Effectively negotiate on your behalf: Negotiating with a prosecutor can be extremely challenging. By having an attorney on your side, you can rest assured that negotiations will be effectively taken care of, as he or she will handle the negotiations on your behalf.
  • Ensure the best outcome for your case: A DUI lawyer will help ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Did you know that almost 80% of DUI charges in the United States have been shown to link to convictions? Your lawyer is your best advocate and will help you find justice for yourself and for your future.

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Due to the seriousness of the criminal charges you potentially face, do not hesitate to retain experienced legal counsel from DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C.. A Boston DUI defense attorney will investigate your arrest, examine the evidence, and develop an effective and aggressive defense strategy on your behalf.

As former prosecutors, Attorneys James G. DeGiacomo and Sergey Mikhlin have extensive knowledge of both sides of the courtroom and knows how the prosecution prepares for DUI cases. He understands what it takes to avoid conviction or prevent you from going to jail.

Contact DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C. for more information about DUI laws in Massachusetts. Available 24/7!

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