What is Massachusetts’s blood alcohol limit?

My best friend was convicted of a DUI driving home from the bar a few weeks ago. I didn’t think he had that much to drink but he was over the legal limit. What’s the maximum allowable blood alcohol concentration in Massachusetts?

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Answer provided by
Andrea Barrett
Answered on Jun 23, 2022
Driving home after a few drinks is like playing Russian roulette. The legal blood alcohol limit in Massachusetts is 0.08% for drivers over 21 and 0.02% for drivers under 21.
Penalties for an OUI in Massachusetts depend on the severity of the offense and the number of prior convictions in the last 10 years. For a first offense, here are the penalties:
  • $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Maximum of 2.5 years in jail
  • Up to one year of driver’s license suspension
First-time offenders must also complete one year of probation, an alcohol education course, and up to 30 hours of community service. If you’re driving under the influence with a passenger under 14, you could also face child endangerment charges, which come with up to 2.5 years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
Underage drivers with a BAC between 0.02% and 0.08% may not be charged with an OUI, but they will have their driver’s license suspended for a minimum of 180 days or attend a Youth Alcohol Program.
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