Michael Vallett, 58, of Attleboro, on his 6th Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charge after rear-ending another car in Mansfield last weekend. He was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 5th or Subsequent Offense.
Following his arraignment in Attleboro District Court this past week, he was temporarily held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing, as the prosecutor alleged that no conditions of bail would reasonably and adequately assure the safety of the public. After hearing arguments at the Dangerousness Hearing, however, a judge imposed $10,000.
The Massachusetts DUI Crime of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 5th or Subsequent Offense, carries extremely severe penalties upon conviction. Not only is the person facing minimum-mandatory jail time of not less than 2.5 years, but he could also face up to 5 years in state prison. Additionally, Massachusetts OUI / DUI Laws for a 5th or Subsequent Drunk Driving conviction also provide for a lifetime loss of the person’s driver’s license; cancellation of the vehicle’s registration plates, and the prosecutor may even seek forfeiture of the vehicle involved.
When facing such severe penalties, those charged with an OUI / DUI in Massachusetts should consult with an attorney who has experience in handling drunk driving cases. Even though a case may seem hopelessly lost, there may very well be numerous avenues to beat your case and defend against the charges.
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