Drunk Driving

Drunk DrivingFall River, Massachusetts DWI Lawyers

Getting pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving can be extremely frightening. With so much at stake - license suspension, large fines, and possible jail time - individuals facing DWI charges have a critically important decision to make: choosing the right attorney.

At Donnelly & Panaggio, we work to be our clients' lawyers for all of their legal needs - including difficult times involving DUI charges. To meet with us in our Fall River law office, call 508-679-2295 or contact us online.

Drunk Driving - Possible Penalties

Law enforcement in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are cracking down on those caught drinking and driving. Depending on whether this is a first, second, or third offense, there are a wide range of penalties. The following are the possible consequences of a DWI conviction in Massachusetts.

  • First-offense DWI - Up to 2.5 years in jail, fines up to $5,000, and license suspension for up to 1 year.
  • Second-offense DWI - Up to 2.5 years in jail, fines up to $10,000, and license suspension for up to 2 years.
  • Third-offense DWI - Up to 5 years in prison, fines up to $15,000, and license suspension for up to 8 years.

The loss of driver's license, large fines, and possible incarceration are serious penalties that have a large impact on individuals and families. However, there are options available - pleading not guilty, challenging the accuracy of field sobriety tests, working towards reduced charges, and more. An attorney can help determine all the available options in your case.

Have You Been Arrested for Drunk Driving?

When a police officer pulls someone over for suspicion of drunk driving, he or she is gathering information to make a case against the suspect. Questions are asked. Field sobriety tests are administered. A breathalyzer test is given. Additional evidence is gathered.

Although it may seem like an impossible case, the help of a DWI lawyer can make all the difference. Our attorneys provide experienced representation to those accused of drinking and driving. Whether a client is facing their first charge, or have been convicted of DUI before, we can help.

Contact Us

We work to be your family's lawyer to meet all your legal needs - through the good and bad times. For more information about our drunk driving defense services, please call 508-679-2295, or contact us online.