Massachusetts DUI Lawyer Paul B. Watkins recently represented a 29 year old woman in South Boston District Court who was cited for allowing her ex-boyfriend, who has a suspended driver’s license, to drive her vehicle. Under Melanie’s law, this is a criminal offense which carries a 1 year jail sentence. Also, the law allows the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to suspend for up to one year, the registration of the vehicle which was illegally driven or the driver’s license of the vehicle’s owner. A conviction of this offense would have resulted in a substantial hardship for Paul’s client. Paul was able to get the matter dismissed prior to arraignment. This means that the woman will maintain a clean record and not face the one year license and/or registration suspension. A conviction would have subjected her to “hidden” costs in the form of Mass. RMV license reinstatement fees and insurance surcharge increases.