Massachusetts Lifetime Look Back Period

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[MUSIC PLAYING] ATTORNEY: One of the things that causes Massachusetts to be one of the harsher states on penalties on these cases is a lifetime look-back period. You might be 65 years old, and if you had one when you were 25 or 35, it counts as a first offense. They add up.

A continue without a finding, which many lawyers will tell you is a good thing, that it comes off your record, that it doesn't count as a guilty-- they're wrong. It stays on your record for life. A continue without a finding counts as a first offense. It is something that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Not to mention the fact that your driving history will have it on there. If that's the case, you cannot rule out potential employers seeing it and this being held against you, whether it be employment or in any other part of your life.

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