Breathalyzer Test Refusal – Penalties

Pursuant to Massachusetts Drunk Driving laws, statutory license suspension exists when an individual suspected of OUI refuses or fails to take a breathalyzer test during their booking procedure at the police station.

The License Suspension Periods for Breathalyzer Test Failure are as follows:

Age 21 years and older:
If no prior OUI offenses -180 days
If 1 prior OUI offense -3 years
If 2 prior OUI offenses -5 years
If 4 or more prior OUI offenses -lifetime
Age 18 years to 21 years:
If no prior OUI offenses -3 years + 180 days
If 1 prior OUI offense -3 years + 180 days
If 2 prior OUI offenses -5 years + 180 days
If 3 or more prior OUI offenses -lifetime
Under Age of 18 years:
If no prior OUI offenses -3 years + 1 year
If 1 prior OUI offense -3 years + 1 year
If 2 prior OUI offenses -5 years + 1 year
If 3 or more prior OUI offenses -lifetime