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Is an OUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

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First and second offense OUI charges are misdemeanors. Third offense and higher OUI charges are felonies. So, what’s the difference?

In short, in Massachusetts, a crime punishable by imprisonment in the state prison is a felony.  All other crimes are misdemeanors. Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to 30 months in the House of Correction.  Judges often impose sentences of less than 30 months and sometimes impose probation instead of jail time. District Courts, as opposed to Superior Courts, usually hear misdemeanor crimes.

Felony crimes, on the other hand, include the possibility of state prison time and can seriously impact a person’s life, including immigration status, ability to own a firearm, and their right to vote.  Most, but not all, felonies are heard in Superior Court.

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If you’ve been arrested on an OUI/DUI charge, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, or drug possession, you should speak to an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. You can contact us online or call our office directly at 781-740-0800 to schedule your free consultation with one of our top-notch defense lawyers. We have been proudly servicing clients throughout Norwell, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas such as Plymouth, Barnstable, Nantucket, and more.

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