Massachusetts Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: What is a moving violation and is it worse than a regular traffic ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
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 are also criminal violations like operating to endanger, unregistered motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle. See this link for more information....

Q: My license was resonantly suspended due to an EZ pass bill.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Nov 2, 2018
Melvin Alanson Heard's answer
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, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license carries the following potential penalties: 

10 days in jail

$500 fine (minimum) up to $1,000 fine

60 day license loss...

Q: What do I do if I got a fix it ticket on a rental?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
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.

Q: Hello i was at the court today to fight a apeeding ticket in Massachusetts

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
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 90 sec 17 offense is considered a minor offense for SDIP purposess, and results in 2 points. The fine does not impact this at all. See page 19 here:...

Q: Is a warning documented by the police?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Sep 14, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
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 nayone, but I do know they are tracked.

Q: My daughter only had a driving permit when she was pulled over on 7/4/18 and was given a "Criminal Application"

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Aug 17, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
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 of the ticket and requested it in the time frame.

You should get a lawyer involved before the clerk's hearing. The hearing is also referred to as a 'show-cause' which is where you can show cause why...

Q: Is it legal to drive alone once i am 18 with a learner permit?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
No. You need a driver's license to drive alone.

Q: do you have to let the court know if you are attending a speeding ticket court date?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
No- when you get the notice from the Court telling you the date and time to show up for your hearing with the clerk- magistrate, do it. Plan to arrive at least 20-30 minutes before the start of your ticket hearing too. They will expect you.

Q: Can you be 16 and pay your speeding ticket, with no parent?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
Certainly if you have the money to do so. However, if you are on a Junior Operators license you could have some serious consequences like a 6 mos license loss. Telling your parent might help them get you a lawyer to assist in managing the consequences and file the ticket appeal. If you do pay it, send it certified mail with tracking to prove you did it.

Q: We are RI residents and received a parking ticket in MA. Can we use good driving record?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Lissa McKinney's answer
Not on a parking ticket usually. Cities and towns are almost relentless in collecting all the fees they can. If the ticket goes unpaid long enough, the fines and fees will accrue and your right to operate in MA eventually impacted.

Q: Question about getting a ticket for Operation to endanger in M.A

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jan 27, 2018
Ismail Mohammed's answer
You will be summonsed to appear in court. Hopefully it will be for a clerk magistrates hearing. If it is, then with the assistance of an attorney, you may be able to have the case dismissed before. A clerk magistrates hearing will determine if there is probable cause to charge you with a crime.

If it bypasses a clerk magistrate hearing, you will be summonsed to appear in front of judge at which point you will be formally charged with a committing a crime. Again, with the help of...

Q: Can an attorney represent me to clear a bench warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Appeals / Appellate Law and Insurance Defense for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jan 26, 2018
Joseph B. Simons' answer
It may be possible to avoid a trip to Massachusetts if you hire a criminal defense attorney here. No guarantee that the judge will agree to waive your appearance, but I have been able to do it successfully for several out-of-state clients.

Q: How to remove the points for speeding ticket if I cannot attend the court?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Mark Cheser's answer
You need to ask a Mass attorney, in NJ it would likely not happen.

Q: When is it sufficient to try to get into the right lane after coming from a one-lane left hand turn on a two-way High tw

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jul 14, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
See my prior answer. You posted this in NY as well. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...

Q: Is it illegal to drive a car with a full motorcycle helmet in the state of Massachusetts?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
That might obstruct your vision. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does...

Q: I was involved in a car accident with a person operating a commercial or his company truck.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
If you were hurt, contact a member of the Mass Academy of Trial Lawyers--they give free consults. If not, you sue the registered owner of the vehicle--note the name--it may be T mobile of new England, or something else. Or just sue the driver.

Q: Pulled over going 86 in 65 time of citation officer had lights completely off and also had a headlight out. Dismissible

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Mar 25, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
I see no defense based on these facts alone. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not...

Q: Should I try and fight my speeding ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
If you're guilty, how would you contest it? I don't hear any defense in your facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody,...

Q: Hi, A cople months ago I was driving. No cop was following me, but apparently I got a civil infraction in the mail.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Answered on Mar 3, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
More facts are needed. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal...

Q: Is it illegal to drive driving wearing socks and no shoes in massachusetts?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 28, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
I know of no such law. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal...

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