OUI/DUI and Child Endangerment in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, operating a motor vehicle while "under the influence" with a child under 14 in the vehicle is a separate offense related to OUI (operating under the influence.) This includes boats as well as motor vehicles operated on Massachusetts roadways. Child endangerment as related to OUI/DUI was made its own criminal offense at the beginning of 2006 after the Oct. 28, 2005, passage of Melanie's Law. This offense is charged in addition to regular OUI charges.
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If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI and had a child under 14 years old in the car, you may face both child endangerment charges and drunk driving charges. You will need the best defense you can get. At the Massachusetts DUI Defense Group, our Worcester DUI defense lawyers are highly experienced in defending against all types of OUI-related criminal charges, including those involving child endangerment. We use our experience, our resources and our knowledge in this field to aggressively defend your rights and help you avoid the serious penalties for a conviction.
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Penalties for Child Endangerment in Massachusetts
A Massachusetts child endangerment conviction may result in serious penalties. Even a first-time offender may face:
- A minimum fine of $1,000
- 90 days in a House of Correction
- One-year driver's license suspension
A repeat offender may face felony charges and increased penalties, including up to five years in state prison.
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Worcester is the second-largest city in Massachusetts, the hub for central Massachusetts and home to the busiest DUI court in the state. Our attorneys help clients throughout Worcester County in the face of the most serious OUI and DUI charges, including those involving child endangerment. Let us help you avoid imprisonment and the other serious penalties associated with a child endangerment conviction.
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