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Following specific terms is essential if you have received a DUI

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2021 | Criminal Law

Driving while intoxicated in Massachusetts can result in a DUI charge. Having this occur in your life can put you on probation. If you’re in this situation, you must follow specific terms before a dismissal of charges can be rendered. Failure to do so can end up costing you your driver’s license.

The consequences of getting a DUI

Understanding the consequences of getting a DUI is essential. If you’re driving a motor vehicle and your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, it’s against the law. Being in this position can put you on probation for a year, where you’ll be required to participate in some type of alcohol treatment program based on a court order.

Holding a disposition

If you follow the terms of your probation, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a hearing. This is completed at any time after 60 days but earlier than 90 days from the date your case is continued. At the hearing, a written report by the supervisor of the alcohol education program you attended will be provided. The statement will examine your participation and attendance in the court-ordered alcohol treatment program. A written report of this statement will be submitted to the judge.

Consequences of compliance and noncompliance

After the judge reads the statement from the alcohol treatment supervisor, it may dismiss the charges if you are satisfactorily complying with the conditions. Failure to comply with the terms can result in a revocation of your driver’s license. The probation officer monitoring your terms will also submit a written report. If they indicate you haven’t complied with the court-ordered program, your driver’s license will likely be revoked.

Following the law is critical if you want to continue operating a motor vehicle legally and carry a driver’s license.