Each state maintains different legislation on blood alcohol limits and punishment for drunk driving. There can be multiple guidelines and varying consequences based on past offenses. The following is an overview of MA drunk driving regulations.
Blood Alcohol Limits
In the state of MA, maximum blood alcohol levels differ by age and type of vehicle. Commercial drivers are determined legally drunk with a blood alcohol level of .04 or more. The amount for non-commercial drivers over the age of 21 is .08 or higher. For individuals under 21 years old, the amount is .02. If you are guilty of drunk driving, there are many different penalties that may be imposed.
Overview Of MA Drunk Driving Regulations
The consequences for drunk driving are based on the total offenses and severity of the crime. It can include jail time, a fine, and drivers license suspension.
|Offense||Jail Time and Fines||Suspension of License|
|1st Offense||up to 2.5 yrs and/or a $500-$5,000 fine||45-90 days|
|2nd Offense||60 days to 2.5 yrs and a $600-$10,000 fine||2 yrs
(potential reinstatement after 1 yrs)
|3rd Offense||180 days to 2.5 yrs and a $1,000-$15,000 fine
2.5-5 yrs in a state facility and $1,000 to $15,000 fine
(potential reinstatement after 2 yrs)
|4th Offense||2-2.5 yrs and a $1,500 to $25,000 fine
2.5 to 5 yrs in a state facility and a $1,500 to $25,000 fine
(potential reinstatement after 5 yrs)
|5th or More Offense||at least 2.5 yrs
2.5 to 5 yrs in a state facility and a $2,000 to $50,000 fine
On top of the above, additional consequences may apply to certain types of drivers.
- Commercial Drivers
Commercial operators found guilty of driving drunk are forbidden from operating commercial vehicles for at least 1 year. If hazardous materials were present in the vehicle when the crime was committed, the time frame is lengthened to three years. Any additional offenses may result in permanent prohibition from driving commercial vehicles (although this sentence may be reduced to ten years).
- Young Drivers
Younger motor vehicle operators face a 210-day license suspension on their 1st offense. These drivers can also be ordered to attend education or alcohol rehabilitation programs based on their age and blood alcohol level.
Other Information on MA Drunk Driving Regulations
Drunk driving can result in even more severe consequences if it causes severe bodily injury or death to an individual or if it takes place with a minor under 14 years of age in the vehicle. MA drunk driving regulations are continually a subject of debate and will change as further legislation is passed. The details in this blog are merely an overview, should not be considered legal advice, and may change without notice. Consult with a lawyer for current laws and legal advice if you are involved in a drunk driving case.