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Hardship Licenses for Fraud Suspensions

The Special Investigations Unit of the Registry of Motor Vehicles will indefinitely revoke your license whenever it discovers that you have provided false information to the Registry in order to obtain a license or identification card. Most of these cases are discovered through facial recognition, where the Registry finds the same person’s photograph on multiple license records. At minimum, false license and “Comp. Fraud Lic/Id” cases usually result in 6 month license revocations. False license cases can also result in…

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Mass. RMV Clerk Made False Licenses

On July 17th, Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Anthony Cicerone, who is assigned to the Boston Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF), filed a criminal complaint in the United States District Court for the First District of Massachusetts in Boston against Vanessa Peguero, a former Registry of Motor Vehicles clerk who worked out of the Leominster, Massachusetts Registry Branch. The complaint alleges that between February of 2010 and June of 2012, Peguero violated federal law which makes it…

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Drunk Driving & Car Insurance

I received this e-mail from a client whose license I got fully reinstated back in 2009. I just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am for everything you did for my case. Having my license back has been life changing and without your help I wouldn’t be where I am now. I have definitely learned a great lesson through my mistakes and am grateful that I can now continue my life in a more positive direction. So thank…

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3 Surchargeable Events Suspensions

The Massachusetts RMV will suspend your license or right to drive if you have accumulated any combination of 3 surchargeable events or at fault accidents within any rolling 2 year period. To prevent a 3 surchargeable events suspension from going into effect, you have 90 days to provide proof to the Registry that you completed the 8 hour Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving Course which his taught by the National Safety Council. To enroll in the NSC 8 hour ADD course,…

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Mass. Driving Record Admitted in Error

In Massachusetts, a person’s driving record is not subject to sealing and records of DUI convictions are accessible to the public, pursuant to the Lacey Packer Law.  Offenses and violations do not “drop off” of a person’s driving record, which is maintained by the Merit Rating Board and utilized by insurance companies and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.Recently, in the case of Commonwealth v. Winfield, the 82 Mass. App. Ct. 1102,  2012 WL 2308126, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed…

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Out of State License Revocations

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles does not operate in a vacuum, meaning that out of state convictions and license suspensions will “follow” you to Massachusetts, if you have a Massachusetts Driver’s License or if you are a Massachusetts resident. This is because there is a nationwide system in place to prevent drivers who are suspended or revoked in one state from driving or being licensed in other states.  Without this system, a driver could get a DUI while on…

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Aide Admits to Sufficient Facts in 1st Offense DUI Case

The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported today that Ron Bell, former Aide to Governor Patrick, and current Chief of Staff for embattled Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua admitted that there were sufficient facts to convict him of operating under the influence of liquor, as a result of his DUI arrest in Brookline last October. His case was heard in the Brookline District Court and later transferred to the Dedham District Court when Bell exercised his right to a jury trial. After the Governor…

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Immediate Threat Complaint filed in Accident

The Cape Cod Times reported that the Mashpee Police Department filed an immediate threat complaint against a 23 year old Marstons Mills man as a result of a rear-end motor vehicle accident which occurred this morning. Police file these complaints with the Registry pursuant to G.L. c. 90, § 22(a), which triggers the immediate suspension of a driver’s license to protect public safety. When emergency workers arrived at the accident scene, discovered that the driver’s heart and stopped. Fortunately, firefighters…

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Immediate Threat Indefinite Revocations

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will indefinitely suspend or revoke your driver’s license or right to drive indefinitely when a police officer files a report indicating that allowing you to keep your license may endanger public safety. This occurs when an officer observes or has dangerous driving brought to his or her attention. In such cases, where a driver poses such a significant threat to public safety, the RMV can revoke his or her license. In complaint immediate threat…

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Breathalyzer Refusal Appeal Filed Too Late

The case of Dascoli v. Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2011), illustrates the importance of appealing chemical test refusal suspensions to the Registry in Boston within the statutory 15 day appeal period. Dascoli claimed that the police gave him incorrect information in connection with this decision to refuse to submit to a breath test as a result of his being arrested for OUI 3rd offense. He alleged that the police…

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