DUI 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 can defend you in both criminal and RMV court. He can guide you through the intricacies of the legal process while protecting your rights and freedom.
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 a 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.