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.
Pre Arraignment Diversion for Man Charged With Failing to Stop for Police Officer and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
On October 24, 2018 the defendant was driving on a suspended license. He drove alongside a state police cruiser nearly hitting the cruiser. The officer signaled for the defendant to pull over. He did not. Instead, he fled the area at a high rate of speed evading apprehension. The officer queried the vehicle that came back to the defendant. A registry of motor vehicles search revealed a photo of the operator. The officer confirmed that this was the person driving the car. The defendant was summonsed for arraignment on charges of failure to stop for a police officer G.L. c. 90 Section 25 and negligent operation of a motor vehicle G.L. c. 90 Section 24. He hired Attorney Stephen Neyman. Today, the defendant was not arraigned. His case was diverted pre-arraignment under G.L. c. 276A. After taking a safe driver class and a letter of apology to the state trooper the matter will be officially dismissed prior to arraignment.
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Charges of Operating with a Suspended License do not Issue After Clerk Magistrate Hearing
Our client is a medical student at a prestigious Boston area medical school. His license to operate a motor vehicle had been suspended for non-payment of moving violations. He was unaware of this and continued to drive. About three weeks ago he was pulled over for making an illegal turn. The officer quickly learned that the license had been suspended. The defendant was issued a summons for a clerk magistrate hearing under G.L. c. 90 Section 23. This is commonly known as OAS in Massachusetts. The defendant's car was towed. He hired our office to represent him at the hearing. Today, with proof that he had paid the outstanding fines the case was dismissed. No complaint issued.
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Charges of Operating Unlicensed and Operating Uninsured Dismissed at Clerk Magistrate Hearing
The defendant is an investment banker with a high profile job in Boston. Several weeks ago he was stopped during a routine motor vehicle. It was quickly determined that the man did not have a valid driver's license and that the car he was driving was not insured. He was summonsed to a clerk magistrate hearing charged with violations of G.L. c. 90 Section 10 and G.L. c. 90 Section 34J. Our office was hired to represent the accused. Today, we were able to get all charges dismissed.
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