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Ignition Interlock Laws in Massachusetts

Lifesafer Ignition Interlock Massachusetts

When you are arrested for an OUI in Massachusetts your license can be suspended in two different ways. They are independent of each other, and must be attended to separately:

  1. Administrative. This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license is confiscated immediately, and will either be suspended or revoked, depending on your record of prior offenses. You will be given a temporary driving permit which will allow you to drive for 15 days to get your affairs in order
  2. Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement

Even if you are not convicted of OUI in court, it’s possible to still undergo an administrative suspension.

  • If you want to challenge the administrative suspension, you must do so within 15 days of your arrest. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended for 30 days starting 16 days after your arrest
  • Massachusetts has a lifetime lookback period, meaning that prosecutors can use any DUI conviction in your past, regardless of how many years ago it happened, to escalate your penalties

Massachusetts Judicial OUI Penalties

1st Offense $500 – $5,000 Up to 1 year 1 year
2nd Offense $600 – $10,000 Up to 2 1/2 years 2 years
3rd Offense $1,000 – $10,000 150 days – 2 1/2 years 8 years
4th Offense $1,500 – $25,000 1 to 3 years 10 years
5th Offense $2,000 – $50,000 2 to 5 years Permanent
  • All multiple OUI offenders must have ignition interlocks installed
  • If you need to drive for work, you can apply for a hardship license
  • If you are eligible for a hardship license, you must use the IID for the period of the hardship license, and then 2 years after that
  • If you are eligible for license reinstatement, you must use the IID for 2 years after your license is reinstated
  • A court may also order the IID to be installed for any reason, and can prescribe the length of time it must be used

➨ Steps to Regaining Your License in Massachusetts 

Regulations Governing Ignition Interlock Devices
Massachusetts Ignition Interlock Devices
Massachusetts OUI Hardship Criteria

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