Lucille Gatchell got into her car just over one week ago and while driving around Gloucester, Massachusetts she got into an accident. Apparently she was switching lanes and struck the car in front of her head on. The occupants of the other car were Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James. Gatchell took a breathalyzer test and blew a .20, two and one half times the legal limit in Massachusetts. She was arrested and charged with OUI in the Gloucester District Court. Fortunately for Gatchell no one was injured.
So what is in store for Gatchell. If this is her first offense Gatchell will probably plead guilty or admit to sufficient facts and the “24D” program will likely be imposed. The “24D” program is the abbreviated name for Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24D. That provision of the law is the alternative sentence for first offenders designed primarily for remedial purposes. Typically when this statute is used the offender will be placed on probation for one year, will have to enter into an alcohol education program and will lose his license for forty five days. In most cases a hardship license will be issued permitting the person to operate within a designated twelve hour period every day.
I you have been charged with OUI in Massachusetts call our office to discuss your case. Our phones are answered twenty four hours per day, seven days per week. Call us at 617-263-6800 or contact us online.
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