In the state of Massachusetts, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of .08 percent or higher. Those that are found guilty can face a number of outcomes when their case is prosecuted. A conviction can include repercussions such as fines, license suspension, jail time and more. It will also leave a mark on the criminal record of those that are considered to be guilty by the court. Almost anyone can find themselves in the position where they are fighting a charge. All drivers are subject to drinking and driving laws and have restrictions placed on the level of alcohol they are allowed to have in their system. Those that are employed and in certain positions will have an even stricter restriction placed on them.
One bus driver was recently taken into custody and charged for a DUI when it was suspected that they may have been carrying out the duties of their job with alcohol in their system. The suspect, MT, is a 41 year old driver for the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Police were waiting at the house of one of the students on the bus, when they had yet to return home over 3 hours after the time they had been picked up from school. The driver had reportedly taken a long way home, and was unresponsive when officers tried to contact him on his cell phone. When MT showed up to the house of the child at around 8:00 p.m. officers were there waiting for him to administer a field sobriety test. After he was tested and appeared to be under the influence to officers responding, he was arrested on the scene. This is reportedly not the first incident that the driver has faced legal trouble for. They have also been involved in further issues including while driving. One of the charges they faced was in regards to the possession of a controlled substance.
The suspected was read the charges against them which include reckless endangerment of a child, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and kidnapping. If convicted, they can face penalties for the OUI and the additional charges will only add on to their sentencing. Laws on operating a vehicle under the influence are covered under Mass. Gen. Laws 90 §24. A first time offense can result in up to 2 and a half years in jail, license suspension of a year or $5,000 in fines. A fifth offense can lead to the permanent loss of a license, jail time up to five years and thousands in fines. If you have been charged for drinking and driving, do not let yourself be susceptible to a conviction in any way. Turn to my law office immediately to fight on your behalf.