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Q: Is it legal to drive alone once i am 18 with a learner permit?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Apr 10, 2018

No. You need a driver's license to drive alone.

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Q: do you have to let the court know if you are attending a speeding ticket court date?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Apr 10, 2018

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.

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Q: Can you be 16 and pay your speeding ticket, with no parent?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Apr 10, 2018

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,... Read more »

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Q: We are RI residents and received a parking ticket in MA. Can we use good driving record?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Apr 10, 2018

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.

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

I was driving last night and someone was in front of me on my college campus. The street is divided by a single solid line. The person infront of me was brake checking. So I tried to go around them and then they sped up. So I went back in my lane. Well campus police saw that I was trying to pass... Read more »

Ismail Mohammed
Ismail Mohammed answered on Jan 27, 2018

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.... Read more »

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

Hi there!

I was a student in MA back in 2015/2016. I was stopped by police and my insurance had lapsed. I thought I would receive a ticket but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to quickly move back home (to Florida where I currently reside). I changed my address and what not but I... Read more »

Joseph B. Simons
Joseph B. Simons answered on Jan 26, 2018

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.

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

I got a speeding ticket of 390$ and this is my first speeding ticket when I was travelling form NJ to MA. Now that I am back to NJ, I think it is really difficult for me to travel to that court which is in MA. Is there any way I can remove those points from my record as I cannot attend the court... Read more »

Mark Cheser
Mark Cheser answered on Nov 27, 2017

You need to ask a Mass attorney, in NJ it would likely not happen.

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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

Two lane Highway

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 14, 2017

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... Read more »

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Q: Is it illegal to drive a car with a full motorcycle helmet in the state of Massachusetts?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jun 27, 2017

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... Read more »

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

I want to file in the Small Claims Court of MA. Who do I sue? Him the driver? His company (T-mobile), or the insurance company T-mobile or him uses and denied my claim (that I want to dispute via the court system)? Thank you.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 3, 2017

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.

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

Officer had headlight out and lights off at time of citation.

Was sighted going 86 in 65.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 25, 2017

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... Read more »

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Q: Should I try and fight my speeding ticket?

I'm 17, I've had my licence since last may so about 10 months. Never been pulled over or anything like that. Pulled for the first time this weekend going 87 mph down a big hill on a highway in a 65 mph zone. Cop said he got me from 1000+ feet. What happens if I pay the $220 ticket vs if I... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 22, 2017

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,... Read more »

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

I got the civil infraction in the mail. How did I get a civil infraction if there was no cop to see that I did that

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 3, 2017

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... Read more »

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

I want to drive in socks but do not want to break the law. Do I need to wear shoes, or is driving barefoot/ in socks okay?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 28, 2017

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... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible to remove traffic violations off public driving record?Some as recent as 2016 others as far back as 2001
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 15, 2017

Your Massachusetts traffic violation record is not something that is edited or deleted at a certain point, but your insurance coverage may have an agreement with you where they elect to not penalize you for traffic violations after a certain period of time. See:... Read more »

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Q: If I accidentally ran a stop sign is that considered a moving violation?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 1, 2017

Intent is not a requisite element of the violation. 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... Read more »

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Q: What is the penalty for being caught driving with a suspended license?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 18, 2017

You might face misdemeanor charges (possible fine and/or jail time) and have your license revoked. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees,... Read more »

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Q: How much would a seatbelt ticket issued in RI in 2012 be in 2016. And does the interest keep accumulating?

Can they suspend or Revoke my license for this unpaid seatbelt ticket in Mass.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 18, 2017

As for the ticket in RI, you can contact the court there to ask, and you can contact a RI attorney. As for your MA question, while an out-of-state ticket may impact your insurance rates in MA, I don't see why MA would suspend or revoke your MA driver's license. If you have other issues,... Read more »

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Q: Can I go to jail if I'm caught driving with a suspended license?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 9, 2017

Typically jail is not the police response to such a situation, but it depends on whether you have an outstanding warrant. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any... Read more »

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Q: Can I come out less than 50% at fault?

I was in the left lane of a two lane road. Up ahead in the right lane, a van was stopped and had the hazard blinkers on. The vehicle in front of me that was on the right lane saw the van ahead and put the left blinker on to merge into the left lane. I let the vehicle into the left lane. Before... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 15, 2016

It sounds like your follow-distance was not far away enough, and you might be found liable for the damage to the car you hit. If you hitting the car in front caused that car to then hit the woman crossing the street, that might add to your liability as well. The best first step is an Initial... Read more »

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