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MA Ranked as 23rd Strictest State Regarding DUI’s

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 

Massachusetts has been ranked as the 23rd strictest state in the country when it comes to driving under the influence, according to a recent study by WalletHub.

When a driver in Massachusetts commits a first offense, he or she is subject to a minimum fine of $500, no minimum jail sentence, and vehicle impound. The driver is also subject to additional penalties for a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .2 of higher.

Massachusetts does have an Administrative License Suspension (ALS). An ALS requires that the driver’s license be confiscated immediately after the driver’s refusal to take a breathalyzer or a reading of .08 or higher on a breathalyzer. This suspension lasts for 3 months after the arrest.

Upon the second offense the driver is subject to vehicle impound, a minimum fine of $600, and a minimum jail sentence of 30 days. There is no “washout period” - meaning that regardless of how many years apart the offenses are, the driver is subject to the penalties for a second offense.

WalletHub ranked Arizona as the strictest state and South Dakota as the most lenient state.

The Study

WalletHub studied 15 key metrics to evaluate which states are strictest and which are the most lenient for DUI offenses.

The metrics included jail time for a first offense, a second offense and when a DUI is considered a felony.  Other metrics include fines for first and second offenses and additional penalties.

 

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