Mass. RMV Q&A

DUI Dismissed & License Still Suspended

I was arrested more than a year ago for operating under the influence in Massachusetts and I refused the breathalyzer. I had previous offenses (one dismissed and one CWOF) from 30 yrs. ago. My current OUI case was dismissed in September. However, after dismissing the charges, the judge would not reinstate license. I have a hearing date with the board of appeals to try and reinstate my license Answer: Unfortunately, the Division of Insurance Board of Appeal will not help…

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Arrest Warrants and License Suspensions

If you fail to appear in court in Massachusetts when you are required to do so, a judge may issue a warrants for your arrest. When this happens, the Clerk-Magistrate’s Office will notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the RMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license and/or right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts. Once this happens, you will not be able to get your driver’s license or right to operate reinstated until the arrest warrant is recalled…

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Registry Imposes Lifetime CDL Revocation for DUI & Prior Refusal

Today I received this inquiry from an employer of a CDL holder: I have a rather simple question (I think) regarding one of my employees, who is a truck driver in Massachusetts. He was charged with a DUI several years ago, went to court and it was declared not guilty. A few years later he was charged again with a DUI and it was declared continued without a finding (CWOF). To my understanding, with this background, he should have been…

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Appealing a 5 year Chemical Test Refusal Suspension

Here’s a situation involving a 5 year breathalyzer refusal suspension. I’m contacting you to seek your assistance in getting my license reinstated, at least  to some degree if possible. Living and working without the ability to drive is very challenging under these circumstances. My story is as follows: Nearly a year ago to the day I was pulled over. The police officer walked up to my window as I was searching for my valid registration. It wasn’t located in the…

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Reckless Driving in Virginia Triggers Massachusetts Suspensions

If you are the holder of a Massachusetts Driver’s License or you are a Massachusetts resident, the Registry will treat any motor vehicle violations which you commit as if they had occurred in Massachusetts.  This may cause you to have your license suspended or revoked in Massachusetts for an offense which does not carry any loss of license in the state where the offense occurred. For example, in the State of Virginia, if you exceed the speed limit by 20…

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Caught in a Catch-22 Between States

The Situation: I have run into a situation from the state of NM and am not sure if I need a lawyer to fix this now or not. I got a DUI in 2006 in the state of Florida. I paid all my fines, took the schooling required, went through the entire process,and got my normal license back in Florida. I then moved to NM several years later. After not so much as a parking ticket for five plus years.…

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Prior DUI Convictions Will Count Against You

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a prior DUI conviction could dramatically increase any resulting breathalyzer refusal or DWI license suspension. Massachusetts has a lifetime look-back and the prosecution will check multiple sources for prior DUI convictions or assignments to a drug or alcohol treatment program, which count just like convictions. Prosecutors in Massachusetts operating under the influence (OUI) cases are likely to check computerized records, court files, your Massachusetts driving record,…

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Driving on a Suspended License Q&A

Situation: In January I got pulled over for driving with a suspended license.  The reason I was doing so was that I was never informed that my license was suspended.  I found out that it was due to lack of payment on a previous ticket that I had tried to pay but had done so improperly.  I was likewise never informed that the payment never went through.  I went to court and the charge was dropped for driving with a…

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Mass. Driving Record Q&A

Situation: In January I got pulled over for driving with a suspended license.  The reason I was doing so was that I was never informed that my license was suspended.  I found out that it was due to lack of payment on a previous ticket that I had tried to pay but had done so improperly.  I was likewise never informed that the payment never went through.  I went to court and the charge was dropped for driving with a…

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No Mass. License Reinstatement without Class

My license has been suspended due to the fact that I failed to complete the driver retraining program on time. I was ordered to take this class after I had received 3 tickets within 2 years for a bad sticker. One of which was my mother’s car. Then the year after I didn’t have the money right away to fix what I needed to get a sticker for my car right away. When I finally did get up the money…

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