Lowell, MA asked in Traffic Tickets and Identity Theft for Massachusetts

Q: What can i do? I received a late citation letter for something i have no idea about.

The citation has no info other then the date it happened and the date it was defaulted on. The thing is I've never been pulled over or sent anything in the mail. so i suspect someone used my name in a traffic stop. But since the citation is defaulted i cant request a hearing. I have no idea how i'm supposed to deal with this.

1 Lawyer Answer
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Acton, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: The first thing you should do is go online to the MA RMV and get a copy of your driving record.

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/request-a-driving-record It should list the Court and default and a citation number. When You call the Court, ask for a copy of the ticket, and explain you have never been

stopped and have no idea what this is about. Maybe a digit in a license was transposed, maybe a DOB was written incorrectly. Or maybe someone used your name. If that is the hunch, cross check your credit report , your RMV record , and your Mass CORI criminal record check ASAP. Be sure nothing that is not yours is on it.

Once you look at these, it will help you determine if you need a lawyer or not to navigate this.

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