Whenever a motorist violates any of the state-mandated driving laws, he or she has already committed a motor vehicle offense. While most of the vehicle offenses are categorized into either misdemeanors or infractions, you shouldn’t take the offenses lightly. In fact, all types of motoring-associated offenses should be taken seriously because of the consequences and legal penalties involved.
For example, the state of Massachusetts has some motor vehicle offenses that are classified under felony. The state of Massachusetts has special laws when it comes to these type of offenses. The Mass. DMV, or the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicle plays a large part in meting out punishment for motor vehicle offenders. It is a reminder to us motorists that driving is not a right, but rather a privilege.
The RMV, or Motor Vehicle Registry is a comprehensive driver database where our history as motorists are recorded. This registry is shared across all the states. The state of Massachusetts also has criminal violation and driving records that they may share with other states. Traffic offenses that have occurred, for example in Texas could appear on your driving record and be treated as if it occurred within the state of Massachusetts. Suspension and revoking of licenses received in other states could result in your Massachusetts license being suspended or revoked automatically.
Motor vehicle offenses could range from minor offenses to the most serious crimes, which includes but isn’t limited to the following:
– Stating a False Statement when Applying for a License
– Attaching Incorrect License Plates for Concealment of Identity
– Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Permit
– Acquiring a Stolen Vehicle
– Grand Theft Auto
– Disobeying a Police Officer
– Driving a Motor Vehicle that isn’t Insured
– Driving without a License
– Driving even after Revocation or Suspension of Driver’s License
– Reckless Driving
– Negligence in Driving a Motor Vehicle
– Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Causing Injury
– Leaving the Scene of a Motor Accident
– Motor Vehicle Homicide
– Drag Racing or Road Racing
– Drunk Driving
– Homicide by Motor Vehicle
– Vehicular Manslaughter
– Hit and Run
– Traffic Violations:
– Serious Traffic Crimes and All Traffic Tickets
– Vehicular Homicide
– Reckless Driving
– Leaving the Accident Scene
– Unauthorized Vehicular Use
– Driving without Insurance
– Driving with a Revoked or Suspended License
– Speeding Tickets
Penalties of Motor Vehicle Offenses
All motor vehicle offenses may have civil sanctions, criminal sanctions or a combination of the two. Most of the offenses listed are punishable by fines or driver license sanctions. Serious vehicular offenses can lead to severe legal punishments such as suspension of their driver’s license, probation, community service, hefty fines or jail time. In addition, sentencing and legal charges may be pressed if the motor vehicle operator has been proven guilty of past motor offenses, if the motorist has caused physical harm to another individual, or if the motorist has caused substantial damage to one’s property.
The legal court may set a lengthy prison term or a hefty fine if a motor vehicle operator is convicted of a motor vehicle criminal offense. The court may put you to the appropriate amount of community hours and/or a probation with respect to reporting in court. Upon conviction, an individual will be reported to the RMV of the said motor vehicle offense committed, with the option for the RMV to revoke or suspend your driver’s license.
Being charged with vehicle motor offenses can prove to be troublesome for anyone involved, especially if that individual relies on driving a motor vehicle every day. An RMV license suspension is possible depending on the conviction severity. It may range from 30 days to lifetime suspension of a person’s privilege to drive, which could severely limit their ability to work and/or travel.
A conviction can lead to a stain in your driving record, incapacitate your day-to-day operation or could even lead to incarceration. Conviction of a motor vehicle offense can result in increased insurance premiums, a driver’s license suspension, jail time or costly fines. Being unable to drive a vehicle can lead to more inconveniences in your everyday life.
If you or anyone you know has been charged with a motor vehicle offense, you’ll need an experienced attorney to defend you against such criminal charges. Michael Kelly is your motor vehicle offense attorney who will defend you against such charges and provide the most beneficial results. Michael Kelly is your go-to attorney for personal injury cases. We are your first line of defense in any and all kinds of motor vehicle offense. Call or contact us now to get a free quote and a free consultation.