Ignition Interlock Device Laws

  • According to Massachusetts ignition interlock device laws, all repeat OUI offenders are required to install an interlock device on any vehicle they drive. In some cases, offenders may apply for a hardship license which reinstates limited driving privileges, provided that the offender installs an ignition interlock device.
  • In all cases, the interlock device must remain installed during the term of the hardship license and for a period of two years after license reinstatement.
  • Courts may also impose a requirement to install an interlock device for any offender, for any period of time, at the discretion of the court.

License Suspension

Administrative Suspension

DUI laws in Massachusetts state that drivers who are stopped for suspicion of operating under the influence (OUI) will face an automatic 45 to 90 day license suspension if they register a BAC of .08% or higher on a field breathalyzer test or if they refuse to take the test.

Drivers under the age of 21 will be charged with OUI and be subject to the suspension if they have a BAC of .02% or greater.

Judicial Suspension

Upon conviction for OUI, drivers face additional court-ordered license suspension.

DUI Penalties and Fees in Massachusetts

1st Offense 1st Offense
Fine: $500 to $5,000
Jail Time: Up to 2.5 years
2nd Offense Fine: $600 to $10,000
Jail Time: 30 days to 2.5 years
Period of License Suspension: 2 years
3rd Offense (felony) Fine: $1,000 to $15,000
Jail Time: 150 days to 2.5 years
Period of License Suspension: 8 years
4th Offense (felony) Fine: $1,500 to $25,000
Jail Time: 1 to 4 years
Period of License Suspension: 10 years
Other Possible Penalties in Massachusetts • Drivers under 18 required to complete a youth alcohol program (YAP) and serve an additional 1 year license suspension.
• Drivers between 18 and 21 are required to complete a youth alcohol program (YAP) and serve an additional 180 days license suspension.

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Source(s): Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, §§ 24, 24½
DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple. DUI & DWI in Massachusetts. Retrieved April 17, 2017 from http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/automotive-law/dui.php

Last Updated: November 13, 2019

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