Motor Vehicle Offenses
When a person violates state mandated driving laws, he/she is committing a motor vehicle offense. Most motor vehicle offenses are categorized as infractions or misdemeanors, but that does not mean that these offenses should be taken lightly. All motor vehicle offenses should be regarded as serious due to the legal penalties and consequences that are involved.
In the state of Massachusetts, commonly committed motor vehicle offenses include, but are not limited to: speeding, reckless driving, DWI, DUI, OUI, driving without insurance, operating with a suspended driver’s license, unpaid traffic tickets, unpaid vehicle fines, hit and run, and leaving the scene of an accident.
- Motor Vehicle Homicide
- Operating After Suspension or Revocation of License
- Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
- Operating Negligently So As To Endanger
- Operating Without Being Licensed
- Operating Recklessly
- Road Racing
- Use of a Vehicle Without Authority
- Failure to Obey a Police Officer
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Attaching Wrong Plates to Conceal Identity
- Making a False Statement in a License Application
Motor Vehicle Offense Penalties
In most cases, motor vehicle offenses result in fines or driver’s license penalties. However, in cases involving serious motor vehicle offenses, a conviction can result in far more severe legal consequences, such as: jail time, hefty fines, community service, probation, and driver’s license suspension. Additionally, charges and sentencing can be enhanced if the person has been convicted of prior motor vehicle offenses, if the person caused bodily harm to another person, or if the person caused extensive property damage.
What Should I Do If The Police Ask Me To Go To The Station To Be Interviewed For A Motor Vehicle Crime?
The short answer to this question is “don’t go”. Especially without a lawyer. Chances are pretty good that if the police call you to go to the station “just to talk” they have a very weak case against you. They have certain information that they are not going to share with you. The questions they ask you are, in large part based on that information. They ask questions designed to elicit an answer that is going to get you in trouble. Trust me on this one. If they had a case against you then you would have already been arrested or received a summons.
Won’t People Think I Am Guilty If I Don’t Talk To The Police?
It doesn’t matter what people think. What matters is that you don’t inculpate yourself. If your case goes to trial the prosecution cannot comment on the fact that you didn’t speak to the police. This would be a violation of your right to remain silent under the Massachusetts and United States Constitutions. If you say nothing, and no one can say that you were driving the car then you are going to be found not guilty of the crime. So, not talking to the cops was your best decision and regardless of what people think, you will not be convicted of the crime.
Boston and Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Offense Attorney
Once you have been charged with a serious motor vehicle offense in Boston, you will need to retain the services of a professional, experienced criminal defense attorney who has a successful track record when it comes to fighting motor vehicle offenses in the state of Massachusetts. When you face such life-altering legal consequences, you cannot risk being without reliable, aggressive legal representation.
At the Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C., we are fully prepared to handle your motor vehicle case. As a leading Boston criminal defense law firm, we can provide you with the direction and legal counsel you need to fight your misdemeanor or felony motor vehicle offense. Call our Law Offices today for your initial consultation at 1-617-263-6800 or contact us online.
Case Results » Motor Vehicle Offenses
Dudley District Court: Charges of Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle Dismissed
July 16, 2014
Several weeks ago a state police officer stopped to investigate what appeared to be an abandoned car just off of the breakdown lane on a local highway. He illuminated his flashlight and observed a man, the defendant sleeping in the vehicle. The trooper made an inquiry about the status of the man and the vehicle to his dispatcher. He learned that the defendant was driving without insurance. A complaint application was served and a complaint issued. Today, Attorney Neyman had the case dismissed prior to arraignment.
Stoughton District Court: Charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle to be Dismissed
July 8, 2014
On May 16, 2014 Canton Police officers on patrol near a local sports bar observed a car being driven by a young man exit the bar parking lot, accelerate rapidly and spin the tires causing a squealing noise. The car sped into the roadway recklessly causing a danger to the public. The vehicle then took an abrupt turn and cross the marked double yellow lines. It continued on, swerving dramatically in the roadway and accelerating rapidly at intermittent times. The car then traveled at a speed of 80 in a 30 mile an hour zone. The driver then screeched on is brakes when coming to a stop for the pursuing police officers. He was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle. The case was continued without a finding and will be dismissed after the completion of a short period of probation.
Woburn District Court: Charges Of Operating With A Suspended License Against Social Worker Dismissed
June 25, 2014
The prosecution alleged that on May 8, 2014 a Wilmington, Massachusetts police officer observed a car being driving by our client speeding on Route 93. The officer followed the car and saw it cross the marked yellow lines on several occasions without signaling and erratically. The officer stopped the man, a local social worker. The officer asked for the defendant’s license and registration. The license had been suspended due to several previous motor vehicle violations and crimes. The officer arrested the man and scheduled the case for arraignment for a criminal motor vehicle offense. Attorney Neyman was able to get all charges dismissed today.