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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: My tiny street is a right of way over other properties . Can my neighbors park on it obstructing our view and safety?

On a tiny private road only 15-20 feet wide, my neighbors (before my home) have been using it as a parking lot. It's not impassible, but it makes life difficult as we can't see down the street from our driveway due to the blockage, and now the kids have this reduced view when riding their... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Mar 10, 2021

If it is a private way it would seem that it should be unobstructed for use in that way.

You should have your deed reviewed and your title insurance potentially might cover litigation to stop the parking or you will need to engage counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Where can I find a traffic lawyer that will not charge me an arm and a leg to help me?

I have just received a letter stating that I have to appear in court for driving with a suspended license( which I did not know was suspended) I was stopped by an officer he took my license and he was the one to inform me that my license was suspended; and I informed him that I was unaware of it. I... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Mar 6, 2021

Typically the RMV sends the suspension notice to the license address on file. If you moved and failed to change the address, that is why you may not have been notified. Three (3) speeding tix in 2 years or any 5 moving offenses result in suspension. If you are lucky you are getting a Notice for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Traffic Reciprocity

I pled not guiilty to a speeding ticket in NY 12 years ago. Not NYC.

On the date i was assigned for court, a snow storm occurred. They never rescheduled my court date to my knowledge. I moved out of NY a few years after.

I reside in MA now. TWELVE YEARS later, they sent a court date... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Dec 28, 2020

DEAL WITH THE TICKET. No good will come of anything else. MA has reciprocity so the outcome there will impact you here. MOST of the NY courts are closed due to covid depending on the Court or the hearing date. You want a NY lawyer in that county jurisdiction or to use google and find the path.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Are speeding violations now mailed home rather then given at the spot of violation?

Was pulled over by state police and the office

told me that i will get a ticket via mail. Is that normal

now due to the covid-19?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Oct 31, 2020

That is not at all normal, and may work to help you. SAVE the envelope it coms in, as MA statue ch. 90c sec 2 requires them to issue it in hand at the time and place of violation and if not it can be dismissed. There are few exceptions and you don't say what you were stopped for. Save a copy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: My Massachusetts 23 year old son received 3 out of state speeding tickets. What trouble awaits? Lawyer needed?

The question says it all. 23-Year-old goofball went on a cross country trip and got 3 speeding tickets, paid them all late. We are terrified that the punishment from Mass will be harsh. What awaits us? Do we need a lawyer?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Oct 19, 2020

Your son will have his license suspended for 30 days once MA receives all the tickets. See https://www.mass.gov/info-details/suspensions-from-multiple-offenses#3-speeding-tickets-

There is no hardship license or ability to drive at all during that suspension. This will impact SDIP points...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: I’m waiting on a court hearing for a speeding ticket. Will I be able to renew my car registration before the hearing?

I got pulled over about 5 months ago for speeding and I still havnt received a date for a court hearing. My car registration just expired and I need to renew it. Will I be able to renew it while waiting for the court hearing or will the ticket prevent me from renewing the registration?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 24, 2020

You can absolutely register the car!! The pending speeding ticket will not prevent this. Many ticket hearings are backed up due to Covid. Be sure you sent it in on time, kept a copy of the ticket, and know what court to call if you dont hear from anyone within the month. You should have heard from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Can you get jail time for driving and unregistered ATV on the street?

The person has previous felony convictions

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 7, 2020

WHether you can is very different from whether you will. That is, the maximum pubishment for many motor vehicle violations or district court cases might be 2 1/2 years. However, that is not at all what a person might be likely to get. It might depend on the record, whether the person is on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: I got my very first ticket and the officer told me to appeal it. Should I bother doing it or just pay it?

I wanted dismissed if possible, but i'm not sure if it's worth it. I was at fault so what would i say in court? I was driving and passed a red light that changed just before i past it. is the officer telling me that he's not going to appear in court? i've had my license only for... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Aug 25, 2020

APPEAL THE TICKET!! There are a number of very important reassons to take the appeal. First, you are under the age of 25 and in the age bracket where there can be larger SDIP points assessed or possible surcharges on a policy. Second, if you have 3 speeding tickets or 5 overall moving violations... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Speeding ticket from 4 years ago never was on my driving record but now is? Ticket is from Connecticut and live in MA

The ticket was back on September 4th 2015 from Connecticut. Massachusetts posted it on my record on February 20th 2020. Never was on my record till then. How is that legal?

Matthew Gilman
Matthew Gilman answered on Jun 9, 2020

For the past year the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has been entering out of state infractions that were not transmitted to the state electronically. Connecticut likely sent mail to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles but it never got opened. As the keeper of your driving... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Is it illegal to keep a license plate that isn't yours? My friend found one. (They aren't going to use it to drive.)

They found a license plate on the side of the road and they want to display it in their room. Again, my friend isn't going to drive with it, they just want to use it as a decoration. I'm in Massachusetts if that's any help. (02191 is my zip)

Dakota Martin
Dakota Martin answered on May 15, 2020

Finder's keepers, loser's weepers. The law is clear from Missouri to Massachusetts, Texas to Tennessee,

No, your "friend" has no duty to turn it in.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: I hit a pole while driving during a rainy night, the officers came unexpectedly and I told them my mom texted me.
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Mar 18, 2020

There isnt really a question here. However if you appeal the ticket and go to the clerk's hearing there is a decent chance they will give you a break if you havent had any driving infractions before, on the distracted driving aspect. However, there can be some complications with insurance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Is it legal to get around a parked police cruiser by using the opposite driving lane?

It was on a two way back street. A police cruiser blocked one lane with a sign saying no through traffic. I used the opposite driving lane to safely get around the cruiser and enter the restricted street, but got a citation for marked lane violation. Do I have a case to contest?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 11, 2019

You should take a picture right away if you can, and file the appeal. I would say that is a good case, since you lived or were going to one of the restricted addresses you should have been permitted to travel. usually they stop traffic on one end and rotate the travel each way. So long as you did... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: 13 yrs ago I was speeding to an appt. Got pulled over and got a citation, I asked if I had to go to court.

Officer said no, I asked what to do with citation, he said he didn't care. I never heard anything else on this. Would there be a warrent out for me? I am from Mass.

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Aug 24, 2019

If it is a warning then you didnt need to do anything further. If it was a citation and you needed to pay a fine, and did not then you would have been notified of a license suspension. If it was a motor vehicle traffic offense that was also a criminal offense and you didnt show up, then a warrant... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket driving someone else’s car. I don’t have insurance. What are the consequences if I pay it?

The city officer did not mention anything about my insurance status.

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Apr 4, 2019

Insurance run's with the car. So long as your friend had insurance on the car then you are OK.You are highly unlikely to be re-issued another ticket anyway.

If you don't pay the ticket on time or request a hearing on it then your license will be suspended. If you weren't...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: What is a moving violation and is it worse than a regular traffic ticket?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Nov 5, 2018

Usually they are the same. A moving violation is any offense that happens while the car is being driven.Moving violations contribute to SDIP insurance point and license suspension calculatios. So, speeding, marked lanes, failure to keep right, etc are all moving violations. Some moving violations... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My license was resonantly suspended due to an EZ pass bill.

I had been unaware of the suspension till I was pulled over a few weeks ago. i was not arrested, the officer allowed me to call a friend to come get me. after so research i was able to find out why it was suspended and paid the bill. After doing so i was told that everything should be all set.... Read more »

Melvin Alanson Heard
Melvin Alanson Heard answered on Nov 2, 2018

I am sorry that your received a summons to appear in court for the criminal charge of operating with a suspended license. Heard Law Office is happy to advise you free of charge. Contact us directly at 617-631-3237 or melvin@heardlawoffice.com.

In Massachusetts, under MGL c. 90 s. 23,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: What do I do if I got a fix it ticket on a rental?
Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Oct 16, 2018

You will want to contact an attorney in MA who can advise you as to whether or not they can help once you explain to them the details of your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Hello i was at the court today to fight a apeeding ticket in Massachusetts

Hello i was at the court today to fight my speeding ticket and the magistrate found me not guilty of the passing violation but for the other section "speeding rate of speed exceeding posted limit c90 17" he reduced the price from $335 to just $100. so the ticket was for $440 but ut came... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 21, 2018

It is possible you may still be assessed SDIP points, but certainly not as many. Whether you receive any points depends on your prior driving record. No surcharge points are assigned to the first minor, non-criminal traffic law violation in the operator's policy experience period usually. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Is a warning documented by the police?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 14, 2018

Yes. If you are asking whether a warning issued to you is tracked, it is. It doesnt get you SDIP points or consequences, but if you get too many you will likely get an invitation from the RMV to attend a recidivist driving education program most likely. I have never heard of this happening to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: My daughter only had a driving permit when she was pulled over on 7/4/18 and was given a "Criminal Application"

My daughter only had a driving permit when she was pulled over on 7/4/18 and was given a "Criminal Application" because she was not with an 18-year old with a license. We sent for a hearing (as to whether a criminal complaint against her), and she now has a date. There were extenuating... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Aug 17, 2018

A criminal Complaint application means that they will schedule it for an arraignment if she is charged with a felony, or a show cause or clerk's hearing if it is a misdemeanor. Most likely she will get to a clerk's hearing however you ahd the right to also request one if you read the back... Read more »

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